Member since 8/4/04
Date: 9/29/12 4:21 PM
I will be in Italy the first week of November and would love to visit some fabric stores in Rome,Florence and Venice. In the states i gravitate toward those places with remnant or sample bins and would prefer the same in Italy if possible. I have researched google but many of the web sites for fabric stores are several years old.
Member since 12/24/07
In reply to yardbird
Date: 9/29/12 4:45 PM
I would not know such a place but others may chime in.
In Rome, I'd highly recommend visiting Fratelli Bassetti Tessuti at Torre Argentina: The most amazing fabric store I've ever seen! 5 large rooms with huge metal shelves and thousands of bolts of fabric! One room with shirting material, one wth wools, one with silk & evening fabric, ... It's wonderful just being there. Prices are not cheap but the quality is outstanding. Across the street is another large shop (though not as large as Fratelli) that's a tad cheaper.
Enjoy your trip!
Member since 7/20/08
Date: 9/29/12 4:47 PM
I lived in Italy for a year (a long, long time ago) and you already know their textiles are incredible.
From the little bit I know, Lake Como is a great textile destination. I'm not sure if it's retail though or geared more to sell to retailers (wholesale). I owned an online internet fabric business for a few years; it never really took off but I got to learn a bit about the fabric business.
Others may know more but may I just say how insanely jealous I am. I cried when I had to leave Italy. It's a truly amazing place.
Member since 12/22/10
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Date: 9/29/12 5:30 PM
I still had this in my email from a friend who went over to Italy last May.
Bassetti Tessuti is Rome's largest fabric store. They have everything from garment fabrics to home decor stuff, I got lost in there for about 3 hrs on my last trip to Rome. Their competitor is http://www.aziendatessile.it another garment haven.
Linens - http://www.jesurum.it/ its a MUST SEE in Venice. Listed below are other textile places in the Venice Area:
Jesurum (two stores)
Fondamenta de la Sensa, 3219 - Cannaregio
Phone: +39 041 524 25 40
Piazza San Marco, Procuratie Nove, 60 et 61 - San Marco
Phone: +39 041 520 61 77
Website : www.jesurum.it
Calle larga Ventidue Marzo, 2070A - San Marco
Phone: +39 041 522 49 14
Website : www.frette.com
Finally, to find splendid velvet cloth including the famous Fortuny fabric, go to:
Venetia Studium (two stores)
Marzaria S. Zulian, 723 - San Marco
Phone: +39 041 522 98 59
Calle Larga XXII Marzo, 2403 - San Marco
Phone: +39 041 522 92 81
Address: Piazza Antinori 4/r, Santa Maria Novella, Florence, 50123 | Map It
Location: Santa Maria Novella to the Arno
Valli Fabrics is the biggest in Florence and its worth it.
Member since 8/24/02
In reply to yardbird
Date: 9/29/12 6:51 PM
In Italy, there is a chain of remnant stores called Giesse Scampoli. Their stores tend to be in strip malls a bit outside of town. Here is their list of locations.
This chain has been discussed here at pr, and a search should turn up more info.
Member since 7/28/04
Date: 9/29/12 11:49 PM
I have been to a Giesse Scampoli location in Italy.... Also there is a a hogh end group ca ole Valli in Rome, Florence and Venice. Expect to pay $100 euros up for gorgeous fabrics that Marfy has featured in their patterns. Rome has a store on Via Condoti upstais that sells to designers.
Scampoli translates to remnants....but I bought off the bolts.
There is an Etro outlet in Milan which I really enjoyed.