Florence has always been behind Milan and Rome in terms of choice. Not anymore with some of the major fashion houses opening their doors to the public.
Florence is well known for the shoes and leather goods
and you can see many great shops on via Tornabuoni, via della Vigna
Nuova, piazza della Repubblica and via Roma. There are also some good
stalls by San
Officina Profumeria Santa Maria Novella: [Via della Scala, 16] one of the world’s oldest pharmacies. Started in the 16th century by Dominican friars, this is more like a museum than a perfume shop since it stocks an awesome range of perfumes, herbal elixirs and soaps.
Luisa: [via Roma, 19 - 21 055 217826 ] This is one of the most famous boutiques in Italy. She carries super designers and completely unknown ones as well. Plus you can find all sorts of accessories from bags to shoes to jewellery. Always open between 10am and 7pm though on Sunday it opens at 11am
BP Studio: [Via della Vigna Nuova, 15 055 213243)] Another interesting boutique. Closed on Sunday and Monday morning.
Antico Setificio Fiorentino: [Via L. Bartolini, 4] This weaver shop is one of the most interesting places to visit, in a beautiful setting. You will find old looms which are still making upholstery fabrics like 400 years ago which you can buy [closed on Saturday morning].
Locchi: [Via Burchiello, 10 055 229416 ] For everything to do with glass. They will remake glass fillers for your silver ware, tops for your decanters or oil bottles, etc.. and they have a nice selection of new things as well.
FLAIR of Franco Mariotti: [Piazza Scarlatti, 2 055 267015 ] This interior design shop is the perfect place for lamps, divans and everything and anything for your house. Closed Sunday & Monday morning. Open 10am to 1pm, and 3pm to 7pm.