Sunday, September 30, 2012

Fabric shopping in Italy

A little while ago I was lucky enough to spend two fabulous weeks in Italy. High on my "To Do" list (crazy I know) was fabric shopping. I had been warned that the fabric was expensive but I was determined to buy Italian fabric in Italy and so I did.

First stop:
Casa Del Tessuto, Rome
www.casadeltessuto.com

Street entrance
This place is enormous. There are bolts of fabric two stories high with everything from fine silks and wools to home ware fabrics. A word of advice, have a pretty good idea of what you want before you get there otherwise it's completely overwhelming. And be prepared to ask for what you need because it impossible to see the fabric without help. Also be prepared for the prices especially for silk and wool.

Next stop:
Casa dei Tessuti, Florence
www.casadeitessuti.com
view as you walk in the front door

While Casa Del Tessuto feels like a warehouse, this lovely store is a step back in time with lovely old fashioned service. The service is very personalised which can also be a little intimidating if you're just browsing but the fabric are gorgeous. They have the most wonderful selection of lace and linen. Once again be prepared for the prices, they are much higher than I'm use to.


Last stop:
small fabric store, Milan (sorry, can't recall details - not helpful, I know)

This was a stumble upon small fabric store in the fabulously upmarket shopping district near the Duomo. Again, the prices were up there so I immediately gravitated towards the remnants on sale and snagged a delightful piece of Italian made silk blend fabric.

If any one else has some tips, I'd love to hear about them for future trips.

2 comments:

  1. Lucky you - I've never made it into fabric stores on our travels, but will start to now. Going to the french alps, Annecy, in 3 weeks time - family reunion, so might check some out.

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    1. Could be chilly but sounds wonderful.

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