The "Karen" jacket
I told him that I was and that I was planning to be here for a year. He owns the shop below my apartment and his apartment is directly over it. All of the leather in his shop is handmade there at the shop. They have jackets, purses, belts, etc. Florence is famous for their leather products, and the Santa Croce area where I live has leather artisan shops everywhere!
His name is Mirko Michele, and when I told him my name, he looked puzzled and asked for the spelling. He showed me a jacket in the window which is named Karen. Imagine that!