A hide away from piazza Signoria and nestled just off Florence’s main shopping thoroughfare, Maledetti Toscani is a welcome, authentic addition to Florence’s leather goods scene.
Not that the venture is a new one; it all started in 1848 when nonno Livio Quadri began working as a cobbler in Montepulciano, growing his business into a modest leather goods producer. Maledetti Toscani is still family run today and upholds the same values: honesty, craftsmanship and quality.
Step into the via della Condotta store, walk the corridor lined with contemporary yet classic leather goods, be led by the genuine smell of hide into a beautifully designed space.
“Nothing is more modern than the past” are the words boldly displayed on a beam between the wooden furnishings, metal-panelled ceiling and floors, and unique details like a flattened oil cask placed on top of an old olive press to make a table. Like Maledetti Toscani products, the store’s rustic, determined look was strictly made by hand—and made in Tuscany.
Buying a pair of Maledetti Toscani shoes is akin to investing in a second skin. The environmentally friendly vegetable-tanned leather only improves with age—and every pair of shoes comes equipped with a spare set of laces, the sole stamped with the founder’s face and presented in a box, just like a bottle of Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. Here, at Maledetti Toscani, the pleasure of leather is pure 100%—and 168 years of—intoxicating Tuscan lifestyle.
Via della Condotta 36r, Florence