The Mannelli family opened its first shop on the Ponte Vecchio in 1956, and in 1961 a second shop was opened also on the Ponte Vecchio at number 56/R where still today, after more than half a century, you may find, in the hands of Cristina Mannelli- daughter of the founder- the same love and care of the past.
In 1966, the terrible flood which struck the city of Florence destroyed a large part of the beautiful leather products in the shop and even the few which were rescued were irrevocably ruined by the mud and slimy water of the Arno. November 6, 1966 was a dramatic day for the citizens of Florence and only thanks to the help of volunteers who arrived by the thousands, was the city able to recover.
During those days, several American citizens passed by the Mannelli shop, and understanding the difficulties in which the shops in the center were found, bought the last few products which remained on the shelves bearing warnings “sale of flooded goods”, as memorabilia of that event, whilst providing the shop the possibility to overcome such a tragic moment. From then until today, few things have changed on the Ponte Vecchio, the historical shops are the same, and the walls of the Ponte Vecchio tell a story of 500 years.
In front of the shop stands the Mannelli Tower, in remembrance that the family has ancient roots in our city.
For more than 50 years, Pelletteria Mannelli has been displaying its prestigious products on the most famous bridge in Florence, the Ponte Vecchio.
The quaint yet well-furnished space of Pelletteria Mannelli, has existed since 1956 when Lina Mannelli opened her first shop. Since the beginning, the Mannelli Family distinguished themselves by knowing how to select artisan products of the highest quality, made from the best raw materials and encompassing the most accurate workmanship.
Cristina Mannelli, daughter of the shop founder, continues the traditional business today together with the best Florentine artisans in creating desired design objects of the highest quality of materials and workmanship, and appreciated by refined clientele from all over the world. Our customers, many of whom often return to find us, are guaranteed the certainty to find products exclusively “Made in Italy” of the highest quality and entirely handmade. Furthermore, as artisanship can also mean modernity, our products are now available on-line, in our new e-shop.
In following with the artisanal characteristic of our production, our e-shop has been developed to manufacture products according to the specifications and specific tastes of the customer. Sometimes the item you are looking for could be unavailable; however our selection is so wide that it would be difficult to be unable to satisfy every individual taste. Try designing your bracelet yourself; it will be a quite enjoyable experience!