Florentine Fashion Term for the Fashion Industry and Consumers
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Florentine is something relating to Florence, Italy.

Florentine fashion is something relevant to clothing, shoes, accessories, style, etc., relating to Florence.

Florence is the capital city of the Italian region of Tuscany and of the province of Florence.  It is the most populous city in Tuscany, with approximately 382,000 inhabitants, expanding to over 1,520,000 in the metropolitan area.  Florence is famous for its history: a centre of medieval European trade and finance and one of the wealthiest cities of the time, it is considered the birthplace of the Renaissance, and has been called "the Athens of the Middle Ages".  The Historic Centre of Florence attracts millions of tourists each year.

Florence is an important city in Italian fashion.  By the year 1300 Florence had become a center of textile production in Europe.  Many of the rich families in Renaissance Florence were major purchasers of locally produced fine clothing, and the specialists of fashion in the economy and culture of Florence during that period is often underestimated.  Florence is regarded by some as the birthplace and earliest center of the modern (post World War Two) fashion industry in Italy.  The Florentine "soirées" of the early 1950s organized by Giovanni Battista Giorgini were events where several now-famous Italian designers participated in group shows and first garnered international attention.  Florence has served as the home of the Italian fashion company Salvatore Ferragamo since 1928. Gucci, Roberto Cavalli, and Emilio Pucci are also headquartered in Florence. Other major players in the fashion industry such as Prada and Chanel have large offices and stores in Florence or its outskirts. Florence's main upscale shopping street is Via de' Tornabuoni, where major luxury fashion houses and jewelry labels, such as Armani and Bulgari, have their elegant boutiques. Via del Parione and Via Roma are other streets that are also well known for their high-end fashion stores.

Find fashion shopping streets in Florence, Italy.

If you plan to visit, you may also want to take time to see the Florence Cathedral, Palazzo Vecchio, Ponte Vecchio, Basilica of Santa Croce, Piazza della Signoria, Piazzale Michelangelo, Palazzo Pitti, and most definitely stop by to visit David.  We don't mean your friend David, we mean David which is a masterpiece Renaissance sculpture created between 1501 and 1504, by Michelangelo.  It is a 4.34-metre (14.2 ft), 5.17-metre (17.0 ft) {including the base} marble statue of a standing male nude. The statue represents the Biblical hero David, a favored subject in the art of Florence.  Certainly, it would have been better if David was wearing trendy fashion.

The next time someone asks you, "what is Florentine fashion?", you can tell them that it is clothing that gives the appearance or a sense of style from Florence.

Italian design became prominent during the 11th–16th centuries, when artistic development in Italy was at its peak. Cities such as Palermo, Venice, Milan, Naples, Florence and Vicenza started to produce luxury goods, hats, cosmetics, jewelry and rich fabrics. Italian fashion can be also connected to the most generalized concept of "Made in Italy", a sort of merchandise brand expressing excellence of creativity and craftsmanship. Italian luxury goods are renowned for the high quality of their own textiles and the perfect elegance and refinement that goes into making them up, as well as for the guarantee of quality materials.

If you live or work in Florence, you are welcome to join in the discussions about fashion at the Italy Fashion Group at FIN.

You may find the following links of interest:

   Italy Fashion Weeks 

   Italy Fashion Schools 

   Italy Fashion News

   Italy Fashion Industry 

   Italy Apparel Trade Shows


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