My wife and I first met Ioannis (Janni) on a visit to Florence in 2007. Would it be any surprise, if you've read other reviews on this site, to learn that we did so based on a very enthusiastic personal recommendation from some good friends? Long story short, it was one of our best experiences in Florence. By the time we were done, we had drunk some wine together, tried on probably 10 different coats, and bought one for each of us.
This past April, we returned again. Once again, we had an amazing experience with this beautiful man, and my wife left with a second coat that wonderfully complements the one she bought in 2007.
What would I tell you about Janni? Working with him is truly a beautiful experience. We spent as much, if not more, time discussing choices about how one lives one's life, including what is truly important vs. what is not, liberally sprinkled with concepts from the great Greek thinkers. It is no understatement to say that I have actually been left pondering some of my priorities and choices based on our conversations. But, when we were done with that, he took the time to handpick a coat for my wife that accentuated everything she is as a person, both physically and philosophically.
Does this sound like a little bit of an unusual review for a leather designer and merchant? It would be if that was the extent of how I view Janni. In that aspect alone, he is amazing. But to leave it there would be to miss what truly makes this man tick.
Oh, by the way, we also had the privilege of meeting his beautiful wife Ottilia and daughter Artemis. All three are amazing individuals in their own right. Together, they form one of the most beautiful families my wife and I have had the pleasure of meeting in our travels.
Can you buy a cheaper leather coat in Florence? Sure. But you can also buy a hamburger and miss out on Bistecca Florentine. I would submit that Janni's beautiful coats are worth every penny based on their own merits. And if you take into account the full experience? Priceless.
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