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Since we are honeymooning around Italy, let’s visit more fabric shops :P
Firstly, I want to acknowledge that the Sewing Princess’ list of fabric stores in Italy was immensely useful and has so much information. Thanks a lot! Here’s just my own little experience in visiting some of them.
Notes about communication, payment, fabric origin, price, opening times and tax refund from my previous post on Rome fabric shopping also apply here.
- Address: Cannaregio 3991 – 3945, 30122 Venezia, Italy
- Website: http://www.gbenevento.it/
Fabric shops in Venice are few and far between. So happy to have let Google Maps do its work and take us there. About 10 minutes’ walk from the famous Rialto Bridge in the main Island. This store sells lots of Italian silks, tweeds and men’s suiting.
TURIN: Antonietta Tessuti
- Address: Via Pianezza, 44, 10149 Torino, Italy
- Website: http://www.antoniettatessuti.com/
This family-owned business gives an intimate, welcoming vibe. There aren’t many fabric shops in Turin ( I haven’t found anything else), and I bet they know all the dressmakers and home sewists in town!
FLORENCE: Casa dei Tessuti
- Address: Via dei Pecori, 20, 50123 Firenze, Italy
- Website: http://www.casadeitessuti.com/
This store is only a few minutes’ walk from the magnificent Duomo. It had served many famous and rich people. I also found a blog post about its 85th celebration in 2014 here. We didn’t get much help from the gentleman – he seemed pre-occupied with the exterior of the shop and who’s walking by. Which is completely fine with us, as I was just browsing and not looking for anything specific.
MILAN: Valli Tessuti Milano
- Address: Via Giuseppe Verdi, 2, 20121 Milano, Italy
- Website: http://vallitessuti.com/
This store is even featured in the official tourist magazine. The wall of pure Italian silks is drool-worthy. Couture and designer fabrics are what it’s most famous for. It is readily walkable from the centre of activity around the Cathedral and Galleria area.
MILAN: New Tess
- Address: Viale Certosa, 23, 20149 Milano, Italy
- Website: http://www.newtess.it/en/
Oh, how I love this store. It’s like a giant studio. Organised, spacious, light and airy. I love it. That wall of colour hit you when you first walk in. I gasped. But on closer inspection they are just solid colours. Then you go to the back and see all those brocades and embroidered goodies.
Including the ones in Rome I previously wrote about, these are all the fabric shops we’ve visited in Italy on our honeymoon! We went to one more location outside Italy, I’ll write about it next time. I’m one happy wife! Thanks again, hubs :*