A while ago I started to hear that there was great vintage shopping to be found in Florence. Even that English vintage shop owners were coming here to buy up mint condition stock and sell it at a huge mark up back in London. So of course I had to investigate. It's true that there are a lot of vintage shops here now and that the condition of the clothes is incredible. I went on to Pitti Vintage, in a little street called Sdrucciolo dei Pitti - Sdrucciolo apparently means slippery slope and I could see how that could work if you spent too long browsing in the shop.I really liked this one. They had a few of the requisite labels: Hermes, Valentino etc; but it was really the unlabelled pieces that were a great representation of their eras in terms of cut, fabric and colour that did it for me. Oh, and the cute dog...
My favourite vintage shop in Florence is near to the magnificent ‘Palazzo Pitti’ which houses a delectable costume museum. Pop in here first for inspiration and then slip across to Pitti Vintage where you can buy some of your own collectibles.
Pitti Vintage is a beautiful shop with lovely owners and the cutest dog! As you enter the shop, which is located down a tiny sloping side street, you marvel at the outfits hanging from the walls. Some of these pieces are so old that they are not for sale but for any vintage fiend it’s like walking into a sweet shop. There is a fantastic collection of vintage swimwear and lingerie. Think sexy 50’s sirens on the beach in high-waisted floral bikinis.
There are also mountains of sunglasses, scarves and bracelets all scattered across a big table for you to hone in on like a magpie. As you walk through the shop towards the back, there are numerous elegant floor length evening gowns and even some wedding dresses. Men are not forgotten here with a great selection of ties, shoes and beautiful Italian leather satchels. If you fancy picking up a vintage coat in Italy then this is also the best shop, as there is a whole room dedicated to warm coats. It’s akin to the ‘old-school’ coats in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.
Pitti Vintage, Sdrucciolo de’ Pitti 19r, www.pittivintage.com