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Shopping in Rome, Florence?

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
So I'm here on holiday for a few more days. I'll be seeing plenty of sights but if there's time I'd like to see if I can't take in some shopping. I'm hoping to find some shoes or possibly suiting but I'm up for just about anything that's MC approved. I probably won't be able to make it to the outlet unfortunately.

I'm typing this up quickly before my WiFi time runs out so any help and suggestions are appreciated.
post #2 of 15
Florence

http://www.styleforum.net/showthread.php?t=139183

Florence & Rome

http://www.styleforum.net/showthread.php?t=79257&page=3
post #3 of 15
About 30 mins outside of Florence, The Mall
post #4 of 15
Florence - Ferragamo boutique and museum
post #5 of 15

I am with NorCal and can recommend Cosimo Colonna in Rome, which is one of my favorite shops of all time. They have significant numbers of Borrelli, Luxury Vintage, Cesare Attolini, Kiton, Pino Borriellio, and lots of other Napolitean stuff.

You might also wish to check out the Borrelli outlet store in Rome (so not small shop near the main shopping area but the one near the Vatican). Discounts, all year through, up to 70%.

Another personal favorite in Rome: www.gruppoclark.com

GRUPPO CLARK
00146 Roma (RM) - 85, p. Radio

You need to take a bus or the subway as it is about 20 minutes outside the city centre but certainly worth it. Loads of Kiton suits, Sartorio Napoli and Cucinelli.
post #6 of 15
Thread Starter 
Thanks so much for the suggestions everyone. I missed that thread on Florence in my initial search. This is my last day in Florence so I'll check out as much as I can while I'm here. I should have even more time in Rome over the next few days. If anyone has any other suggestions on Rome feel free to chime in. Unless someone posts in the next hour I may not be able to check the thread until in Rome.
post #7 of 15
Found the address of the Borrelli outlet -> Via dei Gracchi 56C (its at a corner). About 5 - 10 minute walk from the Vatican.
post #8 of 15
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Originally Posted by Wicky View Post
Found the address of the Borrelli outlet -> Via dei Gracchi 56C (its at a corner). About 5 - 10 minute walk from the Vatican.

Thanks for the address.
I used to live in that neighborhood (Prati) a couple of years ago, but I had never noticed it.
AFAYK, do they sell ties and pockets squares?
post #9 of 15
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Originally Posted by MyHeartIsMyProphet View Post
Thanks for the address.
I used to live in that neighborhood (Prati) a couple of years ago, but I had never noticed it.
AFAYK, do they sell ties and pockets squares?

Borrelli opened this second store in Rome only about 1 to 1 1/5 year ago, so that might explain things. Yes, they certainly had a nice selection of ties in this store (I think they were € 35 a piece), have not seen any pocket squares last time I was there though. They did have a few suits (don't expect much though), sportscoats, outerwear, sweaters, socks, lots of shirts (men & women), belts, pants (dress and jeans, booth men & women), swimwear and shoes.

After having visited this store last summer with my girl, she is also into Borrelli.....
post #10 of 15
If you're in the Piazza Di Spagna area, check out Saddler's Union. It's an old-school custom leather goods maker on Via Condotti. It's a highly-trafficked shopping district all around and Battistoni is on the same street.

I had some shoes made at Saddler's Union and they shipped them to New York when they were ready.

http://www.made-in-italy.com/shoppin..._di_spagna.htm

"SADDLER'S UNION, # 26, For classic men and women's made-to-measure leather moccasins, classic handbags and suitcases in aged leather. "
post #11 of 15
Ferragamo has a line called "Creations" that is handmade, unlike the regular line, and features reissues of stuff in the museum. It is only available in Florence. Very cool stuff. Museum:
post #12 of 15
In Florence, Raspini can have some interesting stuff. Also try Michele Negri, which has its own line as well as Kiton. Also the leather school, next to Santa Croce, is a must .
post #13 of 15
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Originally Posted by Loudly View Post
In Florence, Raspini can have some interesting stuff. Also try Michele Negri, which has its own line as well as Kiton.

Also the leather school, next to Santa Croce, is a must .



I thought the leather school was a HUGE disappointment (overpriced and underwhelming)with the only worthwhile thing there there a line of shoes that looked like Kiton's for $600

agree about Michele Negri
post #14 of 15
Is Gruppo Clark a discount outlet or retail? Anyone else ever been there and is it worth a side trip from Rome?

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Originally Posted by Wicky View Post
I am with NorCal and can recommend Cosimo Colonna in Rome, which is one of my favorite shops of all time. They have significant numbers of Borrelli, Luxury Vintage, Cesare Attolini, Kiton, Pino Borriellio, and lots of other Napolitean stuff.

You might also wish to check out the Borrelli outlet store in Rome (so not small shop near the main shopping area but the one near the Vatican). Discounts, all year through, up to 70%.

Another personal favorite in Rome: www.gruppoclark.com

GRUPPO CLARK
00146 Roma (RM) - 85, p. Radio

You need to take a bus or the subway as it is about 20 minutes outside the city centre but certainly worth it. Loads of Kiton suits, Sartorio Napoli and Cucinelli.
post #15 of 15
Gruppo Clark is a high end clothing retailer, not a discount store. During sales its worth a visit, cashmere Kiton SC's for EUR 1K. Full retail price is still lower compared to US prices. Kiton shirts are, for example, below EUR 300 a piece, suits EUR 2.8K.
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