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Rome Shopping: TRASTEVERE

or centuries, Trastevere was a working class neighborhood, a bit rough, but authentically Roman. Sometime in the mid 1970's it began to be noticed by artists, musicians and even film stars, and the slow but steady gentrification began. Today, many of the old shops and restaurants have been replaced by wine bars and art galleries, and stores that may once have sold wine by the jug now sell jeans by Dolce e Gabbana.
Trastevere has become a destination for nightlife, restaurants and not least, shopping. Its labyrinthe of medieval streets are dotted with some of the most interesting boutiques in Rome.

A new shop showcasing the eclectic taste of its owner, Annalisa Dezzi, featuring French and Italian boutique labels, leggings, jackets, silk shirts, shoes, hats, jewelry and accessories — all with a funky, modern age. Open until 9:30 pm for late shoppers.
Viale Trastevere 73 tel 06 580 0261


Shoes with designer labels like Prada, Dolce and Gabbana and Hogan in a spacious store that takes up half a block on a street leading to the Piazza Testaccio market. It’s an unlikely address for shoes you’d expect of find closer to the Spanish Steps, but the selection is large, the service is good and it might save you a trip into the crowded center of Rome.
Via Luca della Robbia, 36 (Testaccio) tel. 06 575 0847

The Butcher

Sandwiched between two butcher shops, this one actually sells casual clothing for men and women —jeans t-shirts and funky jackets with designer labels as well as funky footwear.
Via San Francesco a Ripa 16

Capitolo Primo Atelier
This elegant Rome shop carries its own unique line of cocktail and bridal wear, and has recently expanded to include a line of day wear, simply and beautifully tailored. Via L. Manara, 58. tel. 06.5813949

Joseph DeBach

You won’t find a more unusual shoe shop anywhere. DeBach, a native of Tripoli who now lives and works in Rome, makes fantastic clogs, sandals and wedgies for men and women. Leather is stamped with comic strip art, metallic patterns, who knows what. Heels are made of iron in unlikely shapes- curves, curlicues, spokes. As much a gallery of shoe art as a store. Check it out for the eye candy value if nothing else. Vicolo del Cinque, 19 Open evenings only from 7:30 pm

Studio Forme
Unique glass lamps, dishes, vases, sculptures and architectural elements fill this atelier, where you can find gifts for friends, or for yourself, and order something magnificent for a home. They collaborate with architects and designers.
Via di Santa Cecilia 30 A/B tel 06 581 2127 www.studioformeroma.it

Fuori Orario

This funky shop caters to a young crowd with jeans, t-shirts and leather jackets, plus the odd funky dresses, skirts and shirts for men and women. Look for labels such as Diesel, Noa Noa, Pepe and Nolita.
Via del Moro 29

Livia Risi Atelier
Risi designs and creates her unique fashions in the style of the traditional sarta. Stop in to browse through her dresses, coats and separates, at reasonable prices.
Via del Vascellari 37 tel 06 583 01667                                                                                                                                

Marta Ray
abulous handmade bags, each accompanied by a special name and illustrated design.
Via del Moro tel 06 581 1108

This is the address for the latest trends in women's clothing, with labels such as Miss Sixty and Desigual, as well as hard-to-find trendy Spanish lines. Open non-stop seven days a week.
Via della Scala, 65 tel 06 583 35703

Natural Shoes
Recently expanded from a smaller store nearby, this shop sells the full line of Birkenstocks as well as many other labels. The styles are not just comfortable, they are cute! And Birkesntocks sell for a respectable savings in Europe compared with USA prices.
Via della Lungaretta 94, tel 06 581 1190

Pandora della Malva

One of the most beautiful shops in the area, the windows will beckon you inside. Stacks of beautiful shawls and scarves are side by side with Venetian glass jewelry by the Sent sisters, handbags, treasures.
Piazza San Giovanni della Malva, 3 tel. 06 581 3406

This boho boutique offers a blend of vintage and unique new clothing. You will be welcomed by a seamstress at her sewing machine ready to alter or mend your selections. Also costume jewelry. chic clothing that can be altered and mended just for you.
Via della Renella 30

Sartoria Scale Quattordici

Nearly everything in this shop is made in the adjoining atelier using exquisite fabrics, and a design sensibility often influenced by the Far East. The place in Rome for custom-fitted, elegant clothing, with a devoted clientele.
Via della Scala, 14 tel. 06 588 3580


Egyptian brothers run this little jewel box of a shop, carrying really beautiful and unusual designs. Our favorites are the necklaces strung from combinations of colorful semi-precious stones in new and interesting ways — amethyst with peridot, red coral with pearls. Much of the jewelry comes from Indian sources. They also carry a collection of stunning handbags, embroidered and bejeweled, the work of an Egyptian designer, and a handful of wonderful scarves and shawls. They have expanded selling Egyptian and other ethnic goods at stores up and down the street, and they have a new store in Via dei Coronari, selling jewelry and purses.
Via della Scala, 70 tel. 06.583 34477

38 Leopardo
Jessica Harris, a native of Chicago, opened her little shop in a quiet corner of Trastevere. She calls it a "modern take on a classic atelier." She makes and designs the clothing and accessories, using vintage patterns and inspiration. It's a must for those who like to dress in a
quirky, personal style. Custom orders are available.
Vicolo del Leopardo, 38 tel 06 454 35476

Urban Tales
A spacious shop offering a select range of clothing for young men and women, from gym wear to business suits, all beautifully cut, but with a
bit of an edge.
Via dei Fienaroli 21/A tel 06 583 01130

Verso Sud
Most of the choices in this small Rome shop are a well-edited selection from the Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti and Alberto Biano lines, as well as a sampling of coordinating shoes and accessories. From casual looks for everyday, to party dresses.
Via San Francesco a Ripa, 168 tel 06.583 33668
Victory Outlet
With shops for both men and women, Victory carries
fashion-forward labels, such as Marithé et François Girbaud. A great source for of-the-moment casual wear and accessories.
Victory Women Via San Francesco a Ripa, 19 (Trastevere)


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