Sunday, March 18, 2007

Liverano & Liverano, Florence

I love little tailors shops like this called Liverano & Liverano in Florence. They sell a little ready-to wear but the majority of their business is still done with tailored garments.

I love the fact that the gentleman doing the work seem to be as well dressed as their potential customers. I think that says something about the pride they have in their work and their craft.

For a great sartorial Florence shopping experience buy something, anything, at Liverano & Liverano then go around the corner to the original Santa Maria Novella and spend just as much on colognes, soaps,and creams.


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  1. Anonymous

    March 18, 2007 at 10:16 am

    do you go to the santa maria novella on lafayette street? same lovely things in your hood…ask for Segen – he will show you the best stuff!

  2. Anonymous

    March 18, 2007 at 11:57 am

    I’m fascinated by the beautiful golden light in these photographs. Do they really capture the light of this setting, or is that your artistic vision coming through, Sart?

  3. whyioughtta

    March 18, 2007 at 12:15 pm

    It also says a lot about how comfortable a well-made suit must be because I can’t imagine tailoring an entire suit in full suit and tie unless it was extremely comfortable.

    Beautiful shop, just beautiful.

  4. The Sartorialist

    March 18, 2007 at 12:26 pm

    To Anon 11:57
    Artificial light often gives off a golden cast on photos. I thought it looked good here so I didn’t change it too much

  5. iopine

    March 18, 2007 at 12:48 pm

    Before I even read your comments I noticed that the men in these photos were very well-dressed. I love that. The shop is so wonderful and inviting-looking. Thanks for these photos.

  6. Anonymous

    March 18, 2007 at 1:51 pm

    Beautiful tailor tacks and feather stitching! Amazing!

  7. Anonymous

    March 18, 2007 at 2:04 pm

    waittttttttt… santa maria novella is a 13th century church in florence with a facade redesigned by alberti in like 1470. They sell soaps and creams there now?I’m so confused!

  8. AnastasiaC

    March 18, 2007 at 6:25 pm

    I love these photos – such craftmanship, such pride in their work!
    mY father has worked with tailors for close to 40yrs. Not many skilled tailors left these days….the local Australian rag trade has gone downhill with most things being mass produced overseas.

  9. an english girl in new york

    March 18, 2007 at 6:30 pm

    I love florence. Especially this little pizzeria on via porta rossa…*reminicence*

  10. an english girl in new york

    March 18, 2007 at 6:31 pm

    Santa maria novella has sold soaps and chemists from their apothecary for at least a century…

  11. Samilja

    March 18, 2007 at 11:08 pm

    I absolutely agree with you. My first thought upon seeing these shots was that it inspires great confidence when your tailor is wearing the best suit in town.

  12. vintagent

    March 19, 2007 at 1:23 am

    Last time I was in Florence I bought an amazing cashmere overcoat at
    Liverano… but the euro was at $.79! Then as now the gents were all impeccable, which indeed inspired confidence in this buyer.

  13. vintagent

    March 19, 2007 at 1:27 am

    There’s also a shop which makes custom shoes, right there on the spot, in the same neighborhood.

  14. Cut of cloth

    March 19, 2007 at 4:25 am

    A Gentlemans Gentleman

  15. the antipodean

    March 19, 2007 at 6:02 am

    It is just wonderful to see real crafstmanship done with style and pride in an increasingly fake world. Thank you for the photographs that you share with us.

  16. sandman_gr

    March 19, 2007 at 7:57 am

    Must have been great visiting all these shops in Florence. I wish I could be there too!
    Having something tailor-made is a unique experience. I had this once – I designed a coat and had a tailor make it for me, almost 15 years ago – the coat is still top-notch and I think I can easily wear it again today without a problem-except the weather in Greece is not suitable for this heavy coat…

  17. an english girl in new york

    March 19, 2007 at 9:45 am

    My friend bought the most gorgeous white cashmere coat from a boutique called barneys (two locations) again on via porta rossa. Also, the luisa via roma store…….

  18. La Cabeza Grande

    March 19, 2007 at 11:04 am

    I thought this shop looked familiar. I must have passed by it a half-dozen times. Thanks for reviving my memories of Florence.

  19. Anonymous

    March 19, 2007 at 12:15 pm

    i love your “shop” pics. they are a true testament to your artistic vision and photography skills. aw

  20. Jennine

    March 19, 2007 at 2:02 pm

    beautiful pictures, they portay an almost mythical sense of the italian tailor.

  21. patrick.

    January 31, 2008 at 5:34 am

    I’m personally a customer of this shop and i want to say that i try tailors in Paris, Bruxelles or London but the best of the best is Liverano and in addition of that Mr Liverano is a wonderful person. Thank you for all.

  22. Anonymous

    January 31, 2008 at 9:53 am

    I have had three suits made by Maestro Liverano (who is the gentleman in the first picture) and I have been very satisfied with all of them. Another jacket and a summer mohair suit are also on the way. Althought the “house style” is quite bold (full chest, wide lapels), the coats are almost miraculously soft and light.

    Maestro Liverano himself is a passionate craftsman and full of humor and knowledge. He was very active and helpful in guiding me in my selections of fabric, cut, etc.

  23. Mens Wrist Watches

    December 1, 2009 at 8:55 am

    I have been to Florence, and the city is simply beautiful, not least because its people and traditions. Anybody who can should go there once in their lifetime!

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