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Leather jacket in Florence

post #1 of 12
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I am going to Florence in august and I have been told there is a great choice of leather goods to be had. I want to buy a leather jacket at a reasonable price (I dont want to spend big bucks since I dont own one yet and the possibility of making a mistake does exist). In a contemporary style if not super trendy.

Can you recommend a place I should be looking? Maybe not just a store but an area where I will fond a lot of choice.

Your help is appreciated!
post #2 of 12
I recall that there were many, many 'factory' styled places catering to tourists.

Not so hot.
post #3 of 12
This thread reminds me of not my last but previous trip to Florence where I had this notion implanted firmly in my mind that Florence was THE place to purchase a leather jacket. So I went on a hunt......

I basically made three attempts & wasn't terribly impressed with what I saw or experienced.

1.) First attempt was the San Lorenzo outdoor merchants that I heard so much about. Well, maybe I wasn't looking carefully enough, or it was an off day but it just seemed like a glorified flea market.

2.) Second attempt, was one of the anonymous stores that are so plentiful selling mens clothing. Sure they had racks & racks of leather coats, but was I able to look at them without being seriously harassed & pestered with strong arm tactics every three seconds?! ABSOLUTELY NOT. In the end I was given a serious guilt trip about WHY don't I buy this leather coat (with the obligatory look on the guys face that he was going to hate me for the rest of his & my life & spit on my ancestors tombstones to boot if I didn't fall for his gig). I thought god give me a break does this guy think I'm going to buy a leather coat just because he's holding me hostage? At that point I just walked out.

3.) Third attempt I walked into an Armani store & saw a pretty sharp looking leather coat but the price would of required a refinance. Sales people in there were halfway decent so I'll give them credit for that.

I did hear that the Santa Croce Leather School produces quality products & reasonable service so I went there. The only stuff I really saw though was leather tags for suitcases & stuff like that.
post #4 of 12
I'd say most of the market sellers and leather outlet shops don't sell very decent quality stuff. Needless to say, haggle hard if you choose this stuff. Higher-end stuff is available like in every city. There may be some secreted outlets in the surrounding hills which sell mid-range stuff. If you're thinking about Armani, Gucci etc you could try the Outlet mall, a 30minute cheap train and not-so-cheap taxi ride away.
post #5 of 12
walk away. It's about as tiresome as buying a persian rug in morroco.

!luc
post #6 of 12
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the input.

I ended up buying a leather jacket in San Lorenzo market. The fit is great: slim and fitted, unlike most of what I could have gotten at home, for a pretry low price. Time will educate ma about the quality but it is my first leather jacket so I did not want to spend too much anyway.

San Lorenzo is great for ties: if you inspect what you buy you can find excellent ties!

Finally I got myself tons of over-the-calf socks in every color at the calzedonia stores of the city.

Florence was a very nice shopping experience if you protect yourself from the vendors in the market who try every cheap trick to make you buy their products!
post #7 of 12
Thanks for the interesting post.
If possible, could you post a picture or your new leather jacket?
post #8 of 12
You won't even have to look for them...you'll stumble upon them in the outdoor markets.
post #9 of 12
next time.. also check the BUtteri famous jackets... butteri are Italian cow boys still working in maremma... good leather is to find there as well. check grosseto.
post #10 of 12
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Originally Posted by SantaCruzGuy View Post
I did hear that the Santa Croce Leather School produces quality products & reasonable service so I went there. The only stuff I really saw though was leather tags for suitcases & stuff like that.

Their goods are of a very high quality and the service is excellent (though I may be privileged since I speak Italian fluently). You buy their products directly from the workshop which enables you to watch them being made. Unfortunately they don't make jackets, only wallets, luggage, etc.
post #11 of 12
Enjoy your jacket. I bought a fall/spring leather jacket there about 4 years ago and its holding up really well.
I also picked up about a dozen ties for an average price of 3.5 Euros.
San Lorenzo is great. I wish I could visit once a season!
post #12 of 12
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Originally Posted by Walter View Post
I ended up buying a leather jacket in San Lorenzo market. The fit is great: slim and fitted, unlike most of what I could have gotten at home, for a pretry low price. Time will educate ma about the quality but it is my first leather jacket so I did not want to spend too much anyway.

I had a similar experience to yours when I went to Florence in May. I believe I found a very nice lambskin jacket for what I believe was an extremely good price compared to what I would have found here in the US. The jacket I found is slim and fitted as well.
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