I was in Italy recently and got to visit many stores in Florence and Rome (but unfortunately not Milan) and was able to snap pictures with my flash turned off pretty easily in all of the ones I visited (nobody minded)
I'm going to post them a little at a time in the hopes that many of you who live in Europe will reciprocate and take your cameras along the next time you go shopping to share what you find for those of us living half way around the world
Tie Your Tie - Florence
the stripe on this charcoal jacket is medium brown in color - my camera is making it look red because of the sun's glare - the combination is stunningly beautiful in person
Stefano Bemer - Florence
he needs no introduction...
Settantatre - Florence
these are former Sutor Mantellassi guys who went off on their own and the shoes are stunning - even better than Sutor and only 400-500 euros a pair. The antiquing is top notch. If Kiton and Sutor shoes had an offspring, it would be Settantatre
the store itself has no name on it, just an address...their business card calls the store "LR"
the address is Via Porta Rossi 78/R and it's well worth a visit
Milord - Florence
a Scott Schuman/Sartorialist favorite and much nicer inside than the displays
was closed when I walked by so I could only get a shot of their window display
Ermini - Florence
right near the Duomo, this had an outstanding wool tie selection and I bought 3 of them as well as great selection of wools for sportcoats and suits. You have to ask to see the ties,,,,they're in drawers that the owner will open for you. Nice people in that shop, too
Corneliani - Florence
not much to see other than this one jacket in the window unfortunately - lots of Corneliani ID junk.
a big disappointment....they are going downhill fast
only 1 sportcoat of interest and some ties...
Kiton - Rome
another even bigger disappointment,,,, except for a few pieces here and there, and the beautiful striped grey flannel suit in the window. I got their fall/winter catalog and it matched what was in the store
Brunello Cucinelli - Rome
Cruciani & Bella - Rome
great little tie shop - well worth the visit - they're getting in lots of cashmere ties this week so those in the area might want to stop by
I like the shoes but as with most stores, the clothes upon their mannequins are a farce. It's either something that would very rarely translate into the real world or it's ridiculously pinned in back to make it look like it actually fits. Half the things you unpin and you'd have inches of slack and sag.