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Italy's Designer Secrets

Anja Kroenecke Italy's Designer Secrets

Photo: Anja Kroenecke

Tuscany

Prada

Everyone loves Prada, and this is an entire warehouse full of it, plus the younger Miu Miu and casual Prada Sport lines. Favorite Find Prada’s classic black canvas tote (from $217). T+L Tip Avoid visiting on weekends, when you may have to wait two hours to get in. The Facts Space; Località Levanella S.S. 69, Montevarchi; 39-055/919-01. Open Mon.–Fri. 10 a.m.–7 p.m.; Sat. 9:30 a.m.–7 p.m.; Sun. 2–7 p.m.

Robert Friedman

Barneys and Bergdorf Goodman stock shirts from this 30-year-old family label, better-known in the United States as Moreno Martini. At its shop, 13 miles from Florence, you'll find dozens of colors, as well as cashmere and merino knits. Favorite Find Floral silk blouses ($73). T+L Tip Though the outlet’s hours are limited, they will often open shop if you call in advance. The Facts Fabry’s; 29 Via Kennedy, Figline Valdarno; 39-055/958-811. Open Wed.–Fri. 5–7:30 p.m.; Sat. 10:30 a.m.–1 p.m., 3–7 p.m.

Dolce & Gabbana

Apart from the range of adult pieces in the super-sexy label’s Tuscan warehouse, there’s also a large selection of items for kids. Favorite Find Animal-print toddler T-shirt ($105). T+L Tip Don’t be put off by the sizes on display. Upon request, larger ones are available (up to U.S. size 12 for women, U.S. 48 for men). The Facts Dolce & Gabbana Outlet; 49 Località Santa Maria Maddalena, Pian delL’Isola, Incisa in Val d’Arno; 39-055/833-1300. Open every day 9 a.m.–8 p.m.

Rome

Bulgari

With its blond-wood shelves, doting assistants, and perfumed air, shopping at this factory store in the Aurelio neighborhood is as pleasant as browsing the flagship store on Via Condotti. Favorite Find Gold-and-gemstone cluster rings ($732). T+L Tip Prices here may seem high on first glance, but there’s an automatic 25–40 percent off taken at the register. The Facts Bulgari Outlet, 1052 Via Aurelia; 39-06/661-7071. Open Mon.–Fri. 10 a.m.–6 p.m.

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