There’s a revered business association in Italy called the UISI, or the Unione Imprese Storiche Italiane, which in English means: the association of Italian Historical Businesses.
In order to become a member of this august group, a company must have been in business for over 150 years and owned by the same family that started the business originally. This association was begun in Florence and only includes as members businesses that represent the great tradition and history for which Italy is known.
I only recently learned of this association when I visited a great textile store in the Oltrarno section of Florence. There are no signs announcing this shop; you must be in the know to find it.
It isn’t hidden, au contraire, it is located smack dab between a very famous little artistic studio of the street artist, Clet, and the ancient church of San Nicola.
Check it out online and visit it if you are in the market for some fine Italian textiles: towels, sheets, draperies, and some ceramics.