When it comes to ‘heart’ no one has more of it than Ben, leather designer and inspirational figure who after surviving a heart transplant decided to open a leather shop with his childhood best friend Matteo. Now a huge success, the two locations in Florence offer one of the best local selections of leather jackets, belts, shoes, bags and accessories made out of hand-stitched and dyed buffalo leather, all of which can be personalised to a client's’ desires.
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Every woman needs a nice pair of flats, and concept store Viajiyu founded by Nicole Still is offering something no-one in Florence has done before: high-quality, slow-fashion range of 25 plus styles of footwear made with local materials aimed at foregoing the heel and instead offering everything from pointy colourful flats, sandals, booties to beautiful wedges.
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When it comes to the ‘everyday’ bag that makes the ideal travel partner, Clara Soto’s products are an excellent example of Florentine slow fashion. Exquisite leather craftsmanship is combined with simple yet evocative design. Her small space on Via del Moro is a combination of her workshop and showroom, with a selection of variously-sized pieces.
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