Il Grifone, Venice

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  • I had read the reviews and wanted to get an authentic Italian leather wallet. I was not disappointed. This little shop has excellent quality materials and a nice selection. The owner wasn't there when...  more »
  • I wanted to go by looking at the word of mouth here. The shop is really like a workshop, and there is no such place as a city center. A bag, a pen case, a glove compartment, etc. are displayed in the store without the decoration. The feel is very good even if I take it, and I want it all. I really wanted to buy a bag, but unfortunately I did not have the size I want, so I purchased a hand mirror with a pen case and a glove compartment in the leather case. When I think about the texture of leather, I think that it is considerably reasonable even if I look at the untrained eye. Especially, the bag is not doubled when I buy it in Japan? The owner was very nice and the restaurant was great.
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  • Authentic shop, great choice, all handmade. Barely more expensive than in tourist shops. The boss greets you with a smile, and discreetly. Flee the bad shops, come and support a local craftsman, you won't be disappointed.
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  • I can’t say enough good things about this shop! My husband and I made the shop just before it closed. I loved one particular style bag, however asked if there were other colours available. After checking in the back he told me there wasn’t, however he was in the process of making more in another colour. He asked me to wait 10 minutes and he would finish one for me. To say I was overjoyed is an understatement! Wonderful customer service and the best part is I was able to watch him work his magic and make MY special bag! A totally amazing experience.
  • Shop owner was super sweet and friendly. I was indecisive and took a long time picking and he was ever so patient, helping me view everything. The items in the shop, from what I could tell, was very high quality and very well made. Fairly simplistic but clean designs. Prices were pretty low, so the value is great. I could see the owner's workshop in the back and he even showed me the full pieces of leather he works with. His taste in music was also up my stream - I love a bit of metal in the background as I shop. I just felt the shop was so genuine and wholesome. Very pleased and would recommend this shop to everyone.
  • This is undisputably the best place to go for leather goods in Venice. While you can find questionable manufactured leather goods shops all over Venice, particularly as you get closer to San Marco, you'd be missing out if you didn't come here instead (Venice isn't that big so just take a little walk). This place is both a storefront and workshop where the master leathermaker and his son do their work and create artisan leather goods at really reasonable prices. To be honest, the quality of both the materials and the craftsmanship alone would set this shop apart from any others in Venice but what will make you fall in love with the work and the place is how genuine, kind, and patient the owner and his son are. I was looking to get some leather goods for myself and as gifts and they both were so helpful every moment of it (and I spent a good hour or two in the tiny shop with them). I found a belt I liked and that fit right but I prefer stitching on my belts, so they grabbed the belt, dismantled it, walked a few feet into their workshop and stitched it on the spot for me - free of charge. My wife was curious about whether a strap could be added to a briefcase for her brother and they seemed to be happy to modify the bag so it was just right and she was happy. The odd thing is, I genuinely don't believe we we're getting special treatment here for some reason, I think the owners are skilled, proud of their work, and generous to everyone who walks in the doors. Lastly, the thing that really topped it off for me was when my wife asked the maestro if he could make a leather work apron for my brother (who actually uses one for work). And he so kindly agreed to make a special piece like that for us - I should just clarify, they don't sell leather aprons. With really reasonable prices for the quality of the leather, quality of craftsmanship, and quality of people, I sincerely do not know why you'd go anywhere else in Venice for leather goods.
  • My husband and I ventured here to find locally made leather goods. The owner and his son are true craftsmen. They make great products at a fair price. My husband purchased a wallet and I got a wristlet. Wristlets were not sold, but the owner sewed a strap on a coin bag to crest one for me. Such a neat experience!
  • Love this place. Every time I am in Italy I have to make my way here. Small shop that hand makes everything.
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