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Sign of the times

Published on November 16, 2009 5:47 PM | Comments

This is the former location of the Trussardi boutique on Via Tornabuoni in Florence:


Versace, Hugo Boss, Cartier and Trussardi have either left the street this year for new locations (with lower rents), or left Florence altogether. Now that November is here you really can feel the lack of tourists, and when you are out along Tornabuoni during the day you really can't imagine there is enough foot traffic to keep so many stores in operation. At the end of the day this is a pretty small town - the volume of sales these stores need, whether the parent companies are in good shape or not, has to be hard to get to on a daily basis. I can imagine losing more of these high end type stores in Florence in the coming months and years, just as we seem to have lost dozens and dozens of small ones.

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