Clutching a handcrafted Florence-made leather handbag is like holding a piece of history in your hands. The techniques used by the city’s master craftsmen to create today’s contemporary accessories have been passed down over the centuries from generation to generation, and it’s these long-held traditions and closely guarded artisanal secrets that are an integral part of our own ‘Made in Florence’ brand.
Italy has a long association of working with leather in the pelletterias, a history that dates back thousands of years. In fact, it’s not uncommon to see artisans toiling leather in public view on a visit to Florence.
The Florentine Leather School / Photo: Scuola del Cuoio
Florence is also the home of the renowned Scuola del Cuoio, a leather school housed in a Franciscan monastery. Founded in 1950 by the friars and a local leather artisan to give children orphaned in WWII the skills to work in the profession, today the school offers courses for aspiring leather workers as well as the city’s visitors.
Photo: Scuola del Cuoio
Responsible for over two thirds of the leather produced in Europe, it is the quality of the skins and calibre of workmanship that consistently sets Italy’s goods apart - Italian leather is used almost exclusively by the world’s luxury fashion houses and Florence in particular is where Italy’s heritage brands choose to have their products made.
We too wanted our modern accessories to be beautifully crafted in the best factories, and given the decades of experience, attention to detail and list of distinguished clientele, Florence was undoubtedly the city of choice. This is where our carefully selected skins undergo a process of traditional vegetable tanning before being expertly cut and then stitched and finished by hand to create our designed-in-England, made-in-Florence styles.