Fabric Stores in Italy

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Hi there, I will be travelling to Rome, Siena, Florence and Venice in
April and wanted to ask for fabric store suggestions. I searched the
group posts for this topic and found one from 1997 but wanted to re-
ask for any updates or additional info. I am not looking for any
specific fabrics, as long as I can walk in without being a business
owner. :-D Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Have a great
day!
-Laura

Re: Fabric Stores in Italy
On Mon, 25 Feb 2008 12:12:07 -0800 (PST), "Laura.Marschel"

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I have never seen a fabric shop in Italy - even in provincial
up-to-date towns.   I don't think sewing and sewing machines are on
many Italians' agenda.  

I seem to remember seeing a pure silk fabric shop in Florence way back
in 1990.  It was for tourists really I remember, not for a sewer!



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The Golfer's Wife wrote:
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There must be fabric stores in Italy.  We went to a cleaning store, and
while we were waiting our turn, I got a chance to notice the clothing
brought in.  All of it was hand sewn.  Beautiful suits with linings all
couture made.  The most beautiful tailoring.  Someone must be buying the
fabric somewhere.

We met the owner of a silk factory at a Rotary Club and went to his
place of business and bought some silk.  This was in Como.

Arlene

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Laura - I have a grandson living and working in Italy as a
professional Latin dancer.  He has to get his costumes made by
professional people in either Bologna, Milan or Rome who have access
to a range of suitable materials.  He said there are no home
dressmakers that he knows of.  We visited him last year in the
provincial town where he lives (and works/trains) and where there is a
large dance studio.   No fabric shops there - nor did I see one in
neighbouring Bologna - and we did a lot of shopping there.

Arlene - I think the silk factory is just that and don't they produce
some wonderful silk?   This company would probably supply garment
makers rather than have a fabric shop anywhere.   But I may be wrong.




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Hi -
I'm so jealous - I am ready to go back to Italy. It was almost two years ago
that we went. Here is a long thread on a travel site re:fabric stores in
Rome, Florence, Tuscany in general.
http://slowtalk.com/groupee/forums/a/tpc/f/862600685/m/6371040004/r/9271014014
Enjoy!!!
Rosalie

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The Golfer's Wife wrote:
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The silk was wonderful.  You don't see things like that here.
I don't know who they sell to.

Arlene

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Bespoke suit-making in Italy is rather like having a suit made in
Saville Row in London.   Much hand-stitching, very beautiful and very
very expensive.    Was the cleaning store in a large city like Milan
or Rome?    There are a number of bespoke tailors in Milan - the hotel
we stayed in last June was close by one of them, because I could read
the sign as we went past the store-front (no materials nor suits
inside, however, just a sign advertising the service).

My husband bought a ready-to-wear suit in a large store in Bologna and
it is beautifully tailored with hand-stitched lapels and part of the
lining.   At Euro 200 he thought it a steal!


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The Golfer's Wife wrote:
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The cleaners was in Como.
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On Tue, 26 Feb 2008 12:07:43 +1300, The Golfer's Wife <> wrote:

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When I was there, I did not see a fabric store either...but I DID see
a fabric vendor in the HUGE outdoor market, which came to the town I
stayed in every Wednesday...needless to say that's where I got my
Italy fabric.

-Irene


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In Rome, you can go to Bassetti Tessutti in the heart of the old city. This
article in the New York Times
will whet your appetite:
http://travel.nytimes.com/2007/05/06/travel/06foraging.html

Rosalie (back to lurking)

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