Le Marche, (pronounced Mar-kay) is an undiscovered gem. Situated in central Italy, between the Adriatic sea and the Apennine mountains, it’s the region I call home. We are trying to keep it quiet really, but I just have to share the secret of wonderful shopping here.
Marche is known for it’s leather craftmanship and artisans, producing 90% of all Italy’s shoes. Many are hidden in the hill-top towns (in the centre of Marche near Fermo), family run businesses quietly making beautiful leather items for the big designer names.
Best known of course is Tod’s, whose famous moccasins/driving shoes and handbags are always favourites with celebrities and royalty. The classic “D” bag, named after Princess Diana, is now also being carried by Kate Middleton. Why pay high-street prices when you can come to the factory store and enjoy soaking up the atmosphere of Italy at the same time! You can find the “D‘ handbag in many different colours in their stylish store at 495 euros, reduced from 890 euros. [...]