Armando Poggi Florence
A historical shop and its origins... A fairy tale which began more than 80 years ago
The Duomo since 1436, Armando Poggi since 1936
On March 9th, 1936 Armando Poggi realized his dream - to open a shop selling luxury items, first with one window display and then adding two more in 1950.
1956 to 1960
Prizes, British and French week
Armando Poggi's hardwork and dedication paid off winning him recognition, including awards from British and French ambassadors during the first British week and later the first French week in Florence.
Florence suffered the great flood in 1966, damaging or destroying millions of masterpieces of art. Also, Armando had significant damage to his beautiful shop. With dedication and perseverance, he and the Florentine community with the help of the "mud angels" from all over the world, restored the city back to its former glory and unique beauty.
Maurizio joins the company
Maurizio grew up following in the footsteps of his father and in 1968 officially joined the family business.
In the workshop that once belonged to Donatello
Armando Poggi became a symbol for Florence and the Florentines when he opened a large showroom in Piazza del Duomo, Via Calzaiuoli, in the same exact building where Donatello had his own workshop centuries earlier. Armando and his son, Maurizio, followed in the footsteps of the Master of Italian Art.
Andrea and Silvia Poggi with Grandfather Armando
A new generation of Poggi start to move through the halls of the shop.
Andrea Poggi officially joins the company
In 2010, the baton was passed to the third generation with Andrea. To prepare himself for this important role, he spent the previous 10 years in the USA, studying business at Babson College in Boston and working in New York for Microsoft.
”The most beautiful Christmas shop window in Florence” Prize
The Armando Poggi window displays were always an attraction to Florentines and tourists alike. In 2013, they were voted by the Florentines and awarded 1st Prize for the Most Beautiful Christmas Window Displays in Florence.
New Pandora shop opening
Armando Poggi's intuition of new trends brought about the opening of the first Pandora Shop in Florence.
Celebrating 80 years in business
A great historical achievement, due to the continuous commitment, passion, and dedication of the Armando Poggi family and employees, serving generations of customers from all over the world.
"From my grandmother to my aunts and my mother, when they wanted a beautiful, elegant item, they took me to Poggi's. Now I take my daughter and my grandchildren there: these are the shops that make Florence unique” – Elisabetta Paci
After 85 years Armando Poggi still adds to the uniqueness of Florence... Today, more than ever, the Armando Poggi brand is a step ahead of others, creating dreams for all who enter its doors.