Florence is a wonderful place to visit, not least for its unique shops, offering everything you could need in an atmosphere filled with old-world charm. Among these shops are a number of standout specialist stores which create some of the most luxurious products available on the market. From local brands that are 100% made in Florence to international labels that have embraced the Florentine culture, here are five of our favourite specialist stores in the city.
Women’s shoes: Aquazzura
Founded in 2011 by Colombian designer Edgardo Osorio, Aquazzura creates its luxury footwear entirely in its workshops in Florence. Combining a classic European aesthetic with Latin flair, Aquazzura’s shoes are at once seductive and comfortable. With the recent opening of its first flagship store, customers can view the complete collection, including exclusive styles, bridal and made-to-order shoes.
Aquazzura, Lungarno Corsini 42R, 50125 Florence, +39 055 291242
Men’s shoes: Stefano Bemer
Founded in 1983 and based in Florence, Stefano Bemer specialises in exquisite shoes, handcrafted in Italy from the finest materials. Famous for its bespoke creations, it also offers ready-to-wear footwear, made with the same amount of care and skill, which has brought the brand to a wider audience.
Stefano Bemer, Via San Niccolò 2, 50125 Florence, +39 055 046 0476
Watches: Vacheron Constantin
Vacheron Constantin made a discerning choice for the location of its new Florence boutique. It is situated on the 14th-century Ponte Vecchio, the iconic bridge synonymous with fine jewellery and craftsmanship. The elegant interior design reflects Vacheron Constantin’s three core principles of perfectly mastered technique, inspired aesthetics and an extremely high level of craftsmanship.
Vacheron Constantin, Ponte Vecchio 54, 50125 Florence, +39 055 287361
Aquaflor is housed in the historic Antinori Palace on Borgo Santa Croce. The Renaissance building has been carefully restored to its former glory and now holds the company’s shop and laboratory. The brand is one of the only perfumeries in the world to produce and sell its fragrances entirely in one location. Master Perfumer Sileno Cheloni creates bespoke scents from his vast laboratory of over 1,400 raw materials.
Aquaflor, Via Borgo Santa Croce 6, 50122 Florence, +39 055 234 3471
Jewellery: Annamaria Cammilli
Jeweller Annamaria Cammilli creates intricately designed luxury jewellery from a workshop in Florence, and each piece is 100% made in Italy. Her pieces use the finest materials, including gold and diamonds, and are often inspired by the natural world. Her store is a must-visit for jewellery lovers as you’ll be sure to find something beautiful and memorable here.
Annamaria Cammilli, Via Vacchereccia 12R, 50122 Florence, +39 055 260 8617