My first visit to Florence was in 2013 and I fell in love so hard I’ve been back every year - sometimes twice in one year. The thing about Florence is that it’s such a wonderful, walkable city with friendly locals and new culinary/shopping surprises around each corner and down every narrow street. I find incredible shops and restaurants each time I visit. I still have some of my favorite haunts that I return to over and over and highly recommend to family and friends when they visit - Franco’s David 2/Dante is one of those highly recommended spots for leather fashions.
I’ve visited and bought beautiful leather items from several custom shops throughout the city, but when I visited David 2 last year, that experience took the cake. The jackets and coats are truly unique compared to the other high-end leather boutiques - from stylish leather silhouettes for both the ladies and gents to options in Italian cashmere and mink/fur.
Once you walk in, Franco and his skilled staff will show you several options to get an idea of what you like, don’t like. They’ll ask what your climate is like back home (mine is warm in the winter so heavy jackets and thick leather are a waste for me) and fit you with several styles to see what looks amazing on you. My one fashion tip: just try them all on - I was “meh” on a couple of styles, but then, when I saw them on me, I completely changed my mind. That is one of the big reasons to shop in Florence with an open mind. Franco knows body types and which styles work - as he says…”trust me.”
Not only did I buy one jacket, I bought three! Plus, a cashmere coat that was a surprise for my husband for Christmas. They will want to customize each item to fit you perfectly - sleeve length, jacket/coat length, perhaps another type of fabric or leather. If it needs to be custom made (no extra charge!) they will ship it directly to your home. No need to be nervous - my husband’s surprise coat was beautiful and at my house within a month.
One more tidbit - on my last visit with friends a couple of weeks ago, I introduced them to Franco. He was charming as usual, but he had some more styles that I did not see last year. Of course, I ended up buying two more that day. Awaiting them to be delivered in a few weeks. My friends also ended up buying several as well. The best part for my friend? The jacket she wanted was in her size but had a small spot on the lining. Of course, Franco insisted on making a brand new one for her and shipping it home - but, he also insisted on her taking the other jacket and wearing while she was in Florence. She was thrilled and it was such a great example of Franco’s generosity and the family feel of Dante’s.