Clothing & Shoes in Venice Italy
Between Piazza San Marco, Campo San Bortolomeo and Campo Santo Stefano in Venice, there is a veritable Bermuda Triangle of designer clothing and shoe stores. You can travel from Malo to Prada to Gucci to Sergio Rossi in ten minutes or less. But, you'll be missing some of the most exciting designer fashions in Venice if you stay exclusively with the famous names. Venice is home to wonderful contemporary clothing and shoe designers whose edgy work should also be on your shopping list.
altrove 2659/A San Polo, on Calle Moro, Near San Toma. All of the beautiful and airy designer clothes at altrove are designed right here, in their small shop near Campo San Toma in Venice. Their pieces offer a unique combination of combination of elegance and comfort and have a wear-anytime attitude. Both women's and men's clothing are available. And, though the colors are understated the structure and quality of craftsmanship is irreproachable. See more of the altrove, and learn about the concept behind their pieces here: www.iosonoaltrove.com.
Giovanna Zanella 5641 Castello, On Calle Carminatti, Near Campo San Lio. Caeghera (cobbler), Giovanna Zanella designs and makes each pair of Italian designer shoes for sale in this unassuming shop near Campo San Lio. There is an array of finished shoes available in the shop, or customers can have a pair made to order. Be forewarned that the prices do match the quality and originality of the shoes sold in this shop. However, no matter what your budget, this shop is worth visiting if only to see a true Venetian artist practicing her craft in the near center of Venice.
Zazu 2750 San Polo, On Calle dei Saoneri. Zazu is a designer clothing shop selling pieces designed by a cooperative of Northern Italian designers which includes the young lady who operates this shop. They sell high-end dresses, handbags and clothing for all seasons in delightful drapes colors and fabrics.
Banco Lotto N.10 3478 Castello, On Salizada Sant'Antonin. If you'd like to support community development, and pick up a great piece of designer clothing at the same time, this is the place to do it. Banco Lotto N.10 is an atelier offering original handbags, dresses and women's suits all of which are designed and produced by the inmates and former inmates of the women's Prison on La Giudecca di Venezia. This shop is part of the "Cooperativa Sociale Reiserimento Lavorativo,” a rehabilitation through work program that helps inmates and former inmates secure employment through the development of a trade.
El Papussa Calegher, 2612 Cannaregio on Fondamenta Della Misericordia. Eco-Friendly shopping, handmade furlane - Furlane are the famous Venetian slippers - handmade leather goods and fashion-forward clothing all in one shop! El Papussa Calegher is, as the name suggests, a cobbler's shop where one can get one's shoes repaired. It is also a handmade leather goods shop, with products designed and made in-house. It is an eco-friendly shop with dozens of products made from recycled materials. And, because being only three things to all people is never enough, it's also a shoe store offering handmade furlane and sandals... Naturally, this shop that defies expectations and definitions, and sounds like an impossible collection of unrelated things, is nestled quite snuggly into Venice, the City entirely composed of impossible collections of seemly unrelated things.
ARRAS TESSUTI Campielo Di Arras, Dorsoduro. Arras Tessuti is a local artisan co-op offering whimsical and beautiful textiles. Each piece is unique and hand-woven on site. There are select garments, scarves, sweaters and even children's toys available in the shop. And, the artisans at Arras Tessuti also create custom items to order. When visiting this shop, be sure to peak around in back to catch a glimpse of the looms.