Fabric Stores in Italy

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
Reply to
Laura.Marschel
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!
Reply to
The Golfer's Wife
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
Reply to
arlene
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:
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Reply to
Rosalie Griffin
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.
Reply to
The Golfer's Wife
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!
Reply to
The Golfer's Wife
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.
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!!!Rosalie
Reply to
Rosalie Griffin
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
Reply to
IMS
The silk was wonderful. You don't see things like that here. I don't know who they sell to.
Arlene
Reply to
arlene

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