Far from being just the Renaissance capital of Italy, Florence is also a powerhouse when it comes to fashion.

1. Shoes

VIAJIYU – opened in 2013 by sassy American Nicole Still, this bespoke shoe company specializes in flats and makes shoes to order: you choose color, trim and details to create a one-of-a-kind style for the chic city traveller. VIAJIYU.com

2. Jewellery

ANGELA CAPUTI – a Florence institution, Ms. Caputi opened her Oltrarno workshop and store in 1975. Her bold and contemporary resin statement jewelry pieces are individual yet classic with an Italian cinema influence. AngelaCaputi.com

3. Accessories

& COMPANY – Designer Betty Soldi has a dream like and whimsical style to her work and her store, on via Maggio, is a shoppers delight: scarves, purses and home wears are here to adore then buy, many with a Florence-based theme. AndCompanyShop.com (store now closed)

4. Clothing

MIMI FURAHA – this clothing shop, on discreet Borgo degli Albizi, has been showcasing Italian designers made with detail and fashion flair for 16 years. Mimi also sells handmade jewelry and home wears from local artisans of contemporary design. MimiFuraha.it  

5. Perfume

AQUA FLOR – housed in a Renaissance palace and styled to 16th century perfection, this unique perfume shop has sensual treats at every turn. Perfumes, soaps and body lotions or create a unique bespoke fragrance should you so desire. FlorenceParfum.it

6. Leather

LEATHER SCHOOL OF FLORENCE – established in 1950, this school and shop, housed in the old dormitory for monks in training in the church of Santa Croce, hand make beautiful bags and jackets using only the finest Tuscan leather. ScuolaDelCuoio.com

7. Glasswear

I VISIONARI – brother and sister duo, Elena and Emiliano Lenzi, set up I Visionari in an old stationary store just meters from the river Arno offering a selection of fashion forward frames perfect for any fashionista. iVisionari.com

8. Vintage fashion

BOUTQUE NADINE – with two outposts in Florence offering rows of vintage items by label brands plus new designers too, Boutique Nadine is a go-to for any shopper looking for something unique and one-of-a-kind. BoutiqueNadine.it

This article first appeared in AdventureGirl.com

Photo credit: Sofie Delauw