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These Florence shopping tips for Florence Markets, Leather, Crafts and Food (by Jenifer Howard Forneris and Cristina Jacomelli) are a wonderful start to discovering the city of Florence.
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Florence Leather

Florence is well known for its leather goods, such as bags, shoes, clothing and accessories. The Santa Croce district is the richest in town fore leather shops and workshops.

Florence Leather Shop: Scuola del Cuoio

Type: mainly bags and handbags
Address: Chiostro Santa Croce, Piazza Santa Croce, 16; 055-244533
Note: there are 3 interesting aspects to the "Scuola": the working place is a former ancient dorm designed by Michelozzo and frescoed by Ghirlandaio's disciples. The artisans still work on wood banks from the Fifties. This artisan activity started as a school for Second World War orphans. It developed so well and with such high quality that its products are exported and sold all over the world; having important customers such as royals, politicians, hotels and movie stars.

Florence Leather Shop: Bruscoli

Type: leather goods and bookbinding
Address: Via Montebello, 58r; 055-212947
Note: they make artisan leather goods, bookbinding and ancient-style leather coverings.

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