11
July
2018

Five good reasons to prefer a leather bag

We could list even more, but in this article we have chosen to be short, so we will give you “only” five good reasons to prefer the leather bag. Do not forget that leather bags are among the accessories designed to last longer in your closets, are affordable with the advantage of making us always look good. In addition, a leather bag has a unique, unmistakable scent that no other accessory has.

Quality, versatility and durability are the main advantages of leather fashion accessories: keep this in mind in your next shopping tour!

 

  • Chameleon

The leather bag goes well with everything from an evening dress to simple jeans and t-shirts. The beauty of the leather is that it is versatile and suitable for many different occasions. And it’s like wine: it gets even better with time, giving that vintage touch that is so classy.

 

  • High quality at an affordable price

Today the bags, backpacks and wallets made by leather craftsmen have prices that are accessible for everyone. Moral: you do not need to spend a fortune to bring home a quality product and make you look great!

 

  • Capacious and resistant

Leather is a durable, robust and wear-resistant material. It is a faithful bag, suitable for both work and leisure, made of an extremely elastic material and therefore able to contain more personal items and support the weight of everyday life without suffering damage.

 

  • Enemy of the stains

Genuine leather is washable and resistant not only to time but also to stains. So, do not worry, if ice cream or a little ‘cocktail will pour on the bag during a more cheerful evening…. Your leather bag will remain the faithful companion of all time, without stains or unwanted halos.

 

  • Hypoallergenic and “green”

Leather is hypoallergenic par excellence because it does not have a porous fiber; therefore, it can not accommodate powders or mites. So, if you choose a bag made with this material, it will be very difficult to find it dusty at the bottom of the drawer or closet after a season of downtime. Another noteworthy detail is that leather is processed according to regulated processes and respecting the environment, and the bags, like other fashion accessories, are produced with “recycled” leather from cattle for slaughter. So there is no waste or unnecessary sacrifice.

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4
July
2018

The preparation of a leather product

The realization of a leather product requires different important processes: from cutting to quality control, passing through the preparation and assembly of the components. All stages that underline the mastery of the craftsmen of this sector, pride of our Made in Italy.

The cutting

The first phase is the cutting. The skins are first checked and selected, with the latest generation of electronic machinery, after which the various parts that will comprise the bag, the wallet or another accessory are cut: leather, flocking, linings or different reinforcements.

The splitting

Subsequently, the preparation of the leather product involves the splitting phase, which is achieved by lowering the thickness of the leather according to the type of bag that is being produced, adjusting its stiffness or softness. Thus the edges of the various components of the bag are smoothed.

During the various stages of processing, the skin may undergo modifications, ie it may retreat or lengthen. A margin of about 4 mm is then left at the edge, which increases the perimeter of the dial of the bag.

The re-cutting

After having rechecked and assembled all the parts of the bag, the re-cutting allows to finish the product, according to the exact proportions. This allows to meticulously finish the edges of the bag, using the same colors or deliberately creating color contrasts.

The assembly

This is the final stage and can be carried out on different types of machinery, but some steps – depending on the product and who makes it – can be done by hand, to give value to the craftsmanship of the product. Moreover, depending on the type of object, the operations of brushing and polishing of the leather can be the next steps.

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27
June
2018

Combine a backpack with an elegant look

Do you think it is not possible to combine a backpack with an elegant look? Yet we can, indeed it is also trendy! As long as you choose a leather backpack, a versatile accessory, able to be elegant and sporty at the same time.

Genuine leather backpacks are a quality product that goes well with a refined and elegant look. It not only embellishes your outfit but adds a touch of personal style and gritty, which leaves room for the most diverse combinations.

 

Classic with style

The most classic version goes perfectly with an elegant dress: the classic backpacks can be comfortable trunks to carry on the arm or shoulder; while the removable shoulder strap offers the possibility to choose, depending on the event and the outfit adopted, how to wear the backpack. There is also no lack of colored versions, more casual, and two-tone leather backpacks, with floral or patterned inserts or prints, for those who like to adopt a more lively touch in their look.

 

Always practical and durable

 

Why should you ever give up your leather backpack for an elegant dress?

Everything is possible, if worn with style and matched with taste. Always remember that leather is synonymous with durability, resistance and absolute quality.

The backpack also allows to bring everything you need with you and to move in speed, to have your hands free, to tighten and hug whatever and whoever you want and to hasten the pace without having to contort. In short, with it you find practicality and refinement in every occasion, in a single accessory.

 

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20
June
2018

Quick guide to choosing the perfect wallet

Like a mobile phone, the wallet is one of those objects that we always have with us. For this reason, it should be a practical accessory, rather elegant and in tune with our style.

Let’s see together some advice to choose the most suitable wallet, the one that best suits our daily use and that can make us look good when we take it out from the bag or from the pocket.

Identify the ideal model

It is not easy to find the perfect model, but the basic advice is to privilege three things: capacity (based on the necessary content), simplicity and practicality.

 

Be aware of your style

Having clear ideas always helps, this is certain. Even for the choice of the wallet, it is good to follow your own style, wondering if a more sporty and casual model or a more classic and elegant one is better.

 

Quality materials

 

The most classic and qualitatively good is certainly the leather wallet, although synthetic materials such as nylon, polyester, denim or aluminum are increasingly common. Other more sought-after materials, such as crocodile and python, are more in vogue for men, while silk and velvet are decidedly for women. The leather wallet, however, always wins: suitable for both work and professional situations, an evergreen that never goes out of fashion.

 

Having clear what to put in the wallet and what not

Four things must surely come into the wallet: documents, money and credit / debit cards and photos of the dearest people. The rest, such as fidelity cards, and receipts can be put in a clutch or in a separate container. Super slim wallets, for example, are comfortable if we travel with few documents.

 

Better an easily accessible model, with a practical closure

The safest in women’s wallets is undoubtedly the zipper: it guarantees a comfortable and protected closure, a defense against distracted hands. The “bi-fold” model is instead the most widespread, classic and practical for men.

 

Choose a color that you really like and do not get tired of

 

Those looking for something more classic and natural are usually more oriented towards a black or brown bovine leather wallet. However, the color is a very subjective detail and, if excessive, is likely to make us stew. The colorful or fancy wallets on the market are not lacking, they are very youthful and lend themselves to a more frequent change.

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13
June
2018

The history of leather tanning

With the term tanning, we mean those operations to which the skins of animals are subjected in order to make them imputrescible and transform them into leather, in practice, in order to preserve them and work them.

Tanning is one of the oldest activities, which dates back to prehistory, when men realized they could use the skins of the hunted animals to cover themselves and protect themselves from the cold and rain.

The only problem was that the material tended to decompose after a few days…

The origins of tanning

Perhaps by chance, the man realized that if the skin had been exposed to the smoke of the fire or immersed in water, then it lasted longer. This was the discovery of “aldehyde tanning” (of which the smoke of fresh woods is rich) and “vegetable tanning” (contained in wood and in all plants).

Aldehydes, tannins and lime (the limescale of the stones due to the effect of heat is transformed into lime, which with water forms lime off) are substances that still today, even if with different methods, are part of modern tanning processes.

From artisan practice to industrial activity

 

For many centuries the tanning technology had remained substantially unchanged, until the second half of the 19th century, when the drum was introduced, a machine consisting of a cylinder rotating around its axis, which marked the transition from craft to industrial activity. Water, skins and chemicals were introduced into the drum.

The mechanical action of rotation greatly favors the penetration of the products inside the skin; therefore the tanning process, which previously lasted many months, turned out to be quite accelerated.

At the beginning of the 20th century, the real turning point took place with the introduction of chrome tanning, – thanks to the tanning capacity of the trivalent chromium compounds – which is able to bind permanently to the skin making it imputrescible.

Various types of tanning processing

 

Before going on to the actual tanning operations, which tend to give the leather the greatest resistance, the maximum impermeability to water and the maximum porosity to air and water vapor (sweat), there are some preliminary steps for the preparation of leather, the so-called “beamhouse” operations: soaking, liming, unhairing and scudding, deliming and bating, pickling.

To get even more in detail and know what are the various types of tanning, we mention a few:

  • Chrome tanning, this mineral makes the leather particularly soft.
  • Aniline tanning, a type of tanning based on the use of aniline that gives the products a particular luster and color transparency.
  • Vegetable tanning, a process consisting in transforming skin into leather with the use of peel of plants that produce natural tannic juices in water; this treatment is carried out in pits and serves to obtain sole leather.
  • Mineral tanning, made with chromium or aluminum salts, which produces light, soft and tough leather.
  • Mixed tanning, a vegetable tanning in pits, tanks or vats and then drums, with the use of tannic extracts more concentrated than the juices derived from the peels.

 

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