Sustainability has become a common discussion topic in business. Nowadays many companies direct their products and therefore their marketing towards sustainability. In the world of leather goods, it is a particularly complex and multi-faceted issue that requires taking care not only of the environment, but also of the workers, the social sphere, and the traceability of materials and chemicals. In this article I will explain what is meant by sustainability and how Florence Leather Market deals with this issue.
What is meant by sustainability
Did you know that the term sustainability was used for the first time in 1992, during the first ONU Conference on the environment. The definition of sustainability that was given is this:
“Condition of a development model capable of ensuring that the needs of the present generation are met without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.“
So we began to talk about greenhouse gases, the greenhouse effect and the hole in the ozone layer as a consequence of the intensive exploitation of natural resources and to study development models that rethink the relationship between man and the environment. This is the deepest meaning of sustainability: to build a global equilibrium between man and the ecosystem, to give life to a form of development that safeguards the environment and guarantees present and future needs.
How Italian leather goods consider themselves eco-sustainable
The items sold in our e-commercehttps://www.florenceleathermarket.com are all made of genuine leather tanned in Tuscany. So you would ask, what’s sustainable about it? You may not know it but leather is a by-product from the food industry! The skins of animals that are raised for milk or meat are recovered by tanneries that, through tanning, make them a unique material. Without the work of the tanneries, the leather would go to waste, this makes Italian leather goods a true circular economy. What you need to know, however, is that not all leathers have a sustainable process. An example are those tanned with metals such as chromium. Given the reduced costs and production times from this type of tanning, some leather goods companies abandon the Italian craftsmanship not caring about the devastating environmental impact resulting from this type of process. Instead, we have chosen the path made of ancient Italian traditions and handmade processes that require time and craftsmanship.
The vision of Florence Leather Market
Florence Leather Market abandons the capitalistic thinking that seeks only profit at the expense of all that surrounds it but, on the contrary, embraces the Italian traditions that since ancient times enhance the beautiful landscapes and the Mediterranean microclimate. Precisely for this reason all our products are vegetable tanned that require longer and more expensive times but results in zero environmental impact.
If you want to know more about vegetable tanning and why it is the most eco-friendly, visit our blogand discover all its advantages!
We all know that Christmas is coming soon and we are really looking forward to spending this special day with our loved ones. But what can we do to make sure that everything goes perfectly? Well, the answer is simple: get ourselves some gifts! Now, most of the time people don’t know what to get their loved ones or friends for Christmas, so we are here to help out. Our team of Florence Leather Market suggests to our clients 3 amazing gift ideas from our physical and online store.
The first gift idea is a woman’s purse. Everybody knows that every woman needs at least one bag in her wardrobe, right? And we all know how expensive purses can be, so why not surprise her with a brand new one this Christmas? At our storeyou will find a large variety of purses in different colors and sizes so we are sure that she will love it! Also, every purse is made of genuine leather and the price is lower than anywhere else. So check out our store and get the one you like the most! We guarantee you that the quality is top and you won’t be disappointed. Our top pick this year is our handbag Nicoletta
The scholar backpack
The second gift idea is a school backpack. Nowadays, when students have to carry a lot of books and gadgets with them to school, they need a reliable bag that will serve them for a long time. And this is exactly why we recommend getting a backpack as a gift this Christmas. Our backpacks are very durable and made of genuine leather as well. They can be a perfect choice for both high school and college students. They can even fit your laptop if you need! So visit our store https://www.florenceleathermarket.com and purchase one for your loved ones! You will definitely impress them. One example could be our backpack Spring.
Last but not least the wallet
The last gift idea is a wallet for either men or women. We all know that wallets are a must-have item in every guy’s closet, but nowadays we also have women who prefer carrying them too. So why not get them one of these trendy wallets as a gift this Christmas? We have a very nice selection of wallets that are made of high-quality leather and are available in many different styles. So if you need some gift ideas for your family or friends this Christmas, make sure to check out our online storeand find that perfect wallet!
So remember these three things when you are buying gifts for your friends and family this Christmas! We wish you a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year from all of us at Florence Leather Market. Visit our website for more information about our products and our company.
When we talk about leather we have to talk about the tanning process and Italy is the world leader in vegetable tanning. Have you ever wondered what vegetable tanning is, what are the differences between the various tanning processes and why we hear so much about vegetable tanning? In this article I will briefly explain the world of vegetable tanning.
What does tanning mean?
Tanning is the treatment to which hides and skins are subjected in order to preserve and work them. Its purpose is to transform the animal’s putrescible skin into a product that is rot-proof, hygienic, breathable and resistant. The chrome tanning process is the most common process today as it is faster and less expensive but has a serious environmental impact. For this reason it is not part of the policy of Florence Leather Market. This is the reason why in our opinion vegetable tanning is the best process.
Vegetable tanning is done through the use of tannins. Tannins used in the vegetable tanning process are natural substances extracted using eco-sustainable methods: for Tara tannin it is sufficient to grind the pods to a powder, while for chestnut or quebracho tannin the wood is chopped into chips which, in contact with hot water, releases the tannin in solution, as if it were an infusion.
Is the vegetable tanning process dangerous for the environment?
The vegetable tanning process is absolutely the most eco-sustainable tanning method.Tannins are vegetable substances, safe for man and the environment; did you know that the waste mud resulting from the tanning process can be easily recovered and transformed into material for the creation of bricks for the building industry. Also objects created from vegetable-tanned leather can last for generations and once their cycle of use is over, they can be easily disposed of and transformed into fertilizers for agriculture.
How can vegetable-tanned leather be distinguished from other materials?
Unfortunately, it is difficult for the untrained eye to distinguish vegetable tanned leather from the chrome one. We suggest using your nose: tanning with tannin permeates the leather with an intense perfume, the unmistakable “smell of leather” that a plastic material certainly does not have and that is scarcely present in other tanning methods.The same difference is also evident in terms of softness and pleasantness to the touch.
With global warmingjust around the corner, the sustainability of companies is fundamental for the healthy development of the planet and this is why the entire line of Florence Leather Market reflects these parameters. Take a look at our websiteand be won over by the quality of our products.
Working with leather is one of the oldest crafts in the world that Tuscan artisans manage to make more alive and relevant than ever with their own hands. In our workshop, designers make custom leather goods and give new life to antique pieces, with the aim of enhancing the quality of the raw material and finishing it with a handcrafted touch. In this article, I’ll briefly explain what they teach in leather goods schools by revealing the secrets of leather and its workmanship.
Here are some fundamentals in the art of leather goods
The raw material
In any self-respecting course you cannot fail to dedicate the right amount of importance to leather. How the leather passes from the raw material to the final product, the differences between the various leathers and how to distinguish the good from the bad. The first phase of tanning consists in detaching the hide from the animal carcass, mechanically or manually. The skin then undergoes salting and drying, to preserve it from external bacteria. This is followed by the actual tanning process to transform the leather into hide.It is essential to know how to recognize a real product from a fake one and we at Florence Leather Market have an article dedicated to that too.
The craftsman’s tools
There are many tools to use in the field of leather goods, but we can divide them according to their functionality; we have tools dedicated to modelling, cutting and preparation, assembly and packaging, shaping, colouring and fastening and finally equipment dedicated to quality control. In the search towards the art of leather goods, it is of fundamental importance to master the use of different equipment and therefore, it is important to rely on masters who can facilitate our learning. Once you have mastered the various tools of the trade, you can begin to assemble your first product for your portfolio.
Here are the phases of leather processing
First you need to have in mind what you want to create and then have a drawing to follow with the various measures and the various notes that will help you throughout the process. Then you proceed with the various working processes.
cutting and sharpening of the leather
We start with the cutting and sharpening of the leather, preparing a cardboard template, which reflects the piece of leather you want to cut. Tracing the contours with a pencil on the straight side of the leather, we follow the track with the awl pressing lightly to create a thin but deep enough incision and through the use of a coramella we finish the cut.
Bonding: after having cut out our leather parts necessary for the assembly we can move on to gluing.To glue the leather you can use the classic vinyl glue and all the cyanoacrylate glues, even if the most effective glues for yield and durability are the contact glues.
Stitching: once the gluing phase is over, let’s move on to stitching. A centuries-old technique still practiced today by luxury brands is the traditional saddle stitch, it is therefore important that a course goes through the most important steps, from the selection of the thread, the calculation of the length, the preparation of the leather up to the actual sewing.
Edge processing: finally we move on to edge working, sealing all the glued and sewn layers of leather requires a few steps in the right sequence so that the edge is not only aesthetically smooth but also lasts for a long time.
If you are interested in the world of leather in our opinion these are the fundamental steps you should focus on to aspire to become a real leather master. Take a look at our websiteto see how Florence Leather Market uses modern style craftsmanship techniques.
Backpacks have now become one of the most popular and in vogue accessories of the moment. This is thanks to their functionality and practicality that makes them perfect to use in our daily life. The dilemma arises when we do not have clear ideas on how to choose the backpack that is right for us. Especially in the face of the vast choice that the market offers. In this article I will show you some tips that we consider essential when choosing a backpack.
Here are our 3 tips on how to choose the perfect backpack
By nature, the backpack is subject to bumps and wear throughout its lifetime, whether it is your faithful daily travel companion, or for one dedicated to sports or holiday purposes. Despite this, it is understood that a backpack must last over time, even the cheap Nylon versions. For this reason, considering the frequent use of a backpack, why not spend a little more and buy one that will not only look good, but will also be a pleasure to carry? When it comes to quality and therefore durability, the first material that comes to mind is without a doubt LEATHER resistant and good-looking, which leaves a pleasant sensation both to the touch and to the smell that give it a real sense of superiority. Italy is famous for the craftsmanship of leather, the use of high quality materials combined with a unique style all over the world and these are the pillars on which Florence Leather Market bases the creation of its products.
Backpacks are now available in all shapes and sizes and that is why, before making a hasty purchase, we recommend that you understand the use of the latter and consequently understand what its ideal dimensions will be. If you need a backpack for daily use to commute to work, or you’re thinking to buy a backpack to go to university, we must take into account the capacity necessary for any devices such as laptops, books and even the lunchbox. An example could be our “Unisex leather backpack”characterized by its simplicity and versatility. If, alternatively, we are looking for a backpack to replace the handbag, we can opt for backpacks with a lower volume and focus on practicality of use. Some examples could be backpack “Luminosa” and “Gabriele”. When making your size decision, it is also important to consider your height. If you are petite, a backpack that is too large may not be suitable for you. Also pay attention to comfort. If you are looking for a small and light backpack, thinner straps will be fine but, conversely, if you are going to use it to carry heavy things and for long periods, you may want to look for one with thicker straps.
Choosing a backpack is always a personal decision influenced by your lifestyle and your needs but this does not mean that you should abandon good taste. Florence Leather Market brings with it the Italian style by creating backpacks, bags and accessories for every eventuality and occasion:
Are you a vintage lover? Check out the Josh backpack in vintage calfskin.
In short, there are choices in abundance…
Now that you have a clearer idea of how to deal with the backpack theme, visit our website and take a look at how Florence Leather Market is establishing itself on the market with the creation of backpacks that precisely follow the idea of quality, functionality and style.