Where To Shop In Naples: 15 Artisans To Discover On Your Next Trip

Naples has a long legacy in tailoring and producing legendary accessories.
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Naples is a stirring city with marvelous churches, architecture, irresistible cuisine, and hospitable culture. Life in Naples is lived by the sea in the shadow of Vesuvius. And, of course, sitting around a table at one of the city’s countless pizzerias. There are so many things I love about this volcanic city. What I admire the most, however, is the Neapolitan commitment to tradition, art, and craftsmanship. This is why I’m happy to share the best places to shop in Naples.

Although Milan and Florence are considered to be the fashion capitals of Italy, Naples is also a center of excellence. This city boasts a long legacy in tailoring and producing legendary accessories. During the Bourbon dynasty, which ruled Naples from 1734-1861, local artisanal production was vastly encouraged. As a result, a period of enlightenment was ushered in for the city. Today, historic workshops still exist alongside contemporary boutiques that sell hand-stitched handbags, printed silk accessories, ceramic tiles, and more.

Discover where to shop in Naples and meet our favorite artisans in the city.

1. Sartoria Nomade

Three women modeling Sartoria Nomade silky jumpsuits with floral prints and bright colors, and colorful headbands holding woven handbags

Flora Sazio and Mirta Robiony, two stylists who first met on a photoshoot, have turned their passion for travel and slow fashion into a breezy artisanal label. Their timeless designs are inspired by the colors found in Naples and the Amalfi Coast, embracing Mediterranean flair and freedom. With its floral prints and silky textures, Sartoria Nomade embraces Italian effortlessness and elegance. In short, these designs are created to make you feel good anytime, anywhere!

Sartoria Nomade: Piazza dei Martiri 30


2. Casa Cometa

Decorative ceramic heart-shaped plaques in primary colors atop a table

Casa Cometa is an imaginative workshop dreamed up by Terry Di Renzo ten years ago. Her creations are the perfect Neapolitan keepsakes. The studio sells everything from decorative ceramic plates and neon San Gennaro-shaped candles to vibrant ex-votos (a favorite of mine). Ex-votos are traditionally heart-shaped plaques that are hung or carried as devotional objects in southern-Italian households. They are meant to give thanks for granted wishes, prayers, and intentions; a tradition that goes back to the 11th century. Terry’s studio is located in the colorful Quartieri Spagnoli (Spanish Quarter). It features neon lights as well as an electrifying interior—juxtaposing the well-worn streets of the neighborhood.

Casa Cometa: Vico della Tofa 55, by appointment


3. Omega

A woman in a camel coat holding a pair of white Omega gloves with a white fur trim

Did you know Neapolitan guantai (glove-makers) are considered some of the best in the world? The history of this trade began in one of the most characteristic neighborhoods in Naples: Rione Sanità. At the same time, Gennaro Squillace founded Omega, the oldest glove factory in the city. Five generations later, Omega’s gloves are still made with the finest lambskin and detailing at the base of Mount Vesuvius. Come explore this magical shop and find your perfect gloves before it’s sold off to some of the world’s most prestigious Haute Couture fashion houses.

Omega: Via Stella 12


4. In Casa by Paboy

Paboy Bojang in a white shirt and black cap, holding a blue pillow with a black, striped geometric pattern, and ruffled trim

Passionate, entrepreneurial, and resilient are just a few words that describe Paboy Bojang. A craftsman, designer, and asylum-seeker from Gambia, Bojang now resides in Naples. He began to work at his uncle’s tailor shop at the age of 13, where he became adept at needlework. During the pandemic, he founded a small social enterprise called In Casa by Paboy that hand sews pillows and homeware items. His cushions stand out with their Victorian ruffled trim and unique, vibrant color blocks–taking inspiration from his home country. All items are sewn in the studio by Paboy himself and his team of talented migrant employees.


5. Tramontano

A leather goods workshop dating back to 1865, Tramontano is a brand in continuous evolution—exemplifying the creativity and craftsmanship of Naples. The brand has over 600 models in its archives and everything is made in-house, from woven handbags and silk clutches to belts, accessories, and luggage. As a result, the blending of innovation with tradition, aesthetics, and functionality, is at the heart of the brand. For instance, Tramontano’s artisans work with you to create your dream bag by selecting your favorite color, metal detailing, and type of leather.

Tramontano: Via Chiaia 143


6. Bruno Acampora

Bruno Acampora is a family-run, haute couture perfumery famous for capturing the scent of Capri in a bottle. Created 40 years ago, the brand is now run by Bruno’s son Brunello and his wife Sonia who meticulously selects and mixes raw essences from around the globe to create their unique scents. Each perfume is produced using undiluted pure oil through a traditional cold extraction technique. Their seductive Musc fragrance is a top seller.

Acampora Profumi: Via Gaetano Filangieri 72


7. Pasquale ‘o Nummararo

His real name is Pasquale De Stefano, but if you ask around, the locals refer to him simply as ‘o nummararo or “the numbers man” in Neapolitan. For over 65 years, Pasquale has hand-painted thousands of wooden signs used to advertise fruit and vegetable prices at market stalls. Instantly recognizable for their bold red font and yellow and blue colors, these iconic signs are visible in shops and markets throughout the city–from Forcella to Mercato Pignasecca. If Pasquale isn’t out making deliveries, you can find him painting in his tiny studio on Vico Finale near the Mercato di Sant’Antonio Abbate. Also, if you’re lucky, he may even make a special sign for you, as well.


8. E. Marinella

A close-up of an E. Marinella silk scarf in primary colors, with two ornate cornicello charms in blue and red on top of it

If you step inside E. Marinella, you’ll be enveloped by century-old excellence in tailoring in this “little corner of England” located along the chic Riva di Chiaia. Famous for producing some of the most covetable silk ties in the world, E. Marinella’s designs have been worn by countless celebrities, politicians, and dapper gentlemen over the years. Although E. Marinella is celebrated for its menswear (including cashmere sweaters, patterned swimming trunks, and leather goods) it features a few accessories for women. These include silk scarves and the famed Neapolitan “chili-pepper” corna (or cornicello) good luck charm.

E. Marinella: Riviera di Chiaia 287


9. Francesco Tramontano Gioielli

A selection of Francesco Tramontano rings in different designs of gold and silver on a white background.

Born into a family of artists and artisans, Francesco Tramontano is a young Neapolitan craftsman whose environment influenced his early devotion to tradition, art, and beauty. Francesco opened the doors to his jewelry workshop and store in 2008. Working with materials like brass and silver, his jewelry is heavily influenced by both Neapolitan & Mediterranean symbols. For instance, many of the designs feature the sun, the sea, and of course, Mount Vesuvius.

Francesco Tramontano Gioielli: Via Vittorio Imbriani 44b


10. Pasquale Canè

Five pairs of white and brown leather sandals on a colorful background

Raised in a family of shoemakers, it was only natural that Pasquale Canè would dedicate himself to crafting the region’s most famous design: the Capri sandal. Located in the Quartieri Spagnoli, Pasquale (now 85 years old) continues to produce handmade shoes with the same dedication he had as a young boy. As a result, each pair of sandals is carefully made with quality leather and decorative accents sourced from local shops in Naples.

Pasquale Canè Calzature: Via Nardones 97


11. Anouk Studio

Anna Monaco is the artist and creative mind behind Anouk Studio, a collection of fine art prints inspired by the myths and legends of her native Naples. Never afraid to play with color, her art is bright and cheerful, embodying the spirit of the coastline as well as the Neapolitan people themselves. Anna also collaborates with local institutions like Le Sirenuse Hotel in Positano and Concettina ai Tre Santi pizzeria.


12. Antica Manifattura Ceramica F.lli Stingo

One of the best-kept secrets in the city is Ceramica F. Stingo. This family-run ceramics factory has kept its doors open since the early 18th century. Although they initially concentrated on terracotta tiles and vases, their production has expanded to include homeware. As a result, you can find home objects, decorations, and furnishing accessories designed by Imma and Simona Stingothey; sisters who continue to preserve the heritage of their family’s craft. Stingo’s vibrant tiles are a favorite souvenir that makes you feel like you’re on a never-ending holiday in the South.

Antica Manifattura Ceramica F.lli Stingo: Via Brecce Sant’Erasmo 11


13. Bottega Ferrigno

A craved angel, part of a nativity scene, with flowing robes and outstretched wings

The Neapolitan presepe, or nativity scenes, have remained unchanged for centuries and are an essential part of the city’s Christmas traditions. Located along the famous Via San Gregorio Armeno, Ferrigno has been carving, assembling, and painting miniature sculptures since 1836. The trio of Mary, Joseph, and Baby Jesus is the centerpiece of any nativity scene. But in Naples, these elaborate landscapes also feature colorful locals like fishmongers, pizza chefs, and Benino, the sleeping shepherd. Ferrigno’s selection also includes contemporary characters including soccer stars, politicians, and Papa Francesco.

Ferrigno: Via San Gregorio Armeno 8


14. Kiphy Saponi

A selection of Kiphy Saponi hand-made soaps in different colors and patterns.

Founded in 2000, Kiphy Saponi revisits the ancient art of soapmaking using modern techniques. Pian and Gennaro created Kiphy–the name of an ancient perfume from Egypt, where they produce soaps using a cold method that preserves the properties of the natural ingredients. The soaps are made using 100% biodegradable oils, like olive oil and coconut oil. They are also made using spices and flowers such as cinnamon, ginger, and fennel.

Kiphy Saponi: Vico San Domenico Maggiore 3


15. Mario Talarico

Artisan Mario Talarico posing in his studio with one of his hand-made umbrellas.

One thing is certain—life is unpredictable. And in Naples, so is the weather. Luckily, the city counts Mario Talarico as one of its residents. A local legend and the artisans behind Talarico Ombrelli, an old-fashioned umbrella shop, Mario and his family have been making umbrellas for five generations–since he himself was only 12 years old! This whimsical shop feels like stepping back in time and is one of the last artisanal umbrella shops in all of Italy. Each umbrella is a true work of art and makes a unique gift for yourself or a friend.

Ombrelli Talarico: Via Toledo 329


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