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Leather jacket in Florence

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Walter, Jul 4, 2007.

  1. Walter

    Walter Senior member

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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!
     
  2. mack11211

    mack11211 Senior member

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    I recall that there were many, many 'factory' styled places catering to tourists.

    Not so hot.
     
  3. SantaCruzGuy

    SantaCruzGuy Well-Known Member

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    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.
     
  4. Britalian

    Britalian Senior member

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    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.
     
  5. Luc-Emmanuel

    Luc-Emmanuel Senior member

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    walk away. It's about as tiresome as buying a persian rug in morroco.

    !luc
     
  6. Walter

    Walter Senior member

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    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!
     
  7. kitonbrioni

    kitonbrioni Senior member

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    Thanks for the interesting post.
    If possible, could you post a picture or your new leather jacket?
     
  8. SoCal2NYC

    SoCal2NYC Senior member

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    You won't even have to look for them...you'll stumble upon them in the outdoor markets.
     
  9. florencecity

    florencecity New Member

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    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. [​IMG]
     
  10. Merlino

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    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.
     
  11. eudoxos

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    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!
     
  12. amlai

    amlai Senior member

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    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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