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Handbags: Origin and History

Nowadays we are used to seeing every woman carrying a bag, usually matched according to the occasion and need. But have you ever wondered where this custom comes from? In this article I will explain where the use of the handbag comes from and how its function has changed over time.

“The brigands ask you for your purse or your life; women want both of them”.

(Samuel Butler)

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The origin of the bag

The term Bag derives from the Middle English bagge, borrowed from Old Norse Baggi(“bag, pack,satchel,bundle”) Originally, bags were not conceived as a sumptuous object to display but as a leather or fabric bag, of various shapes and sizes, used to carry money, food and other objects with you. Perhaps you have never thought about it but the use of the bag dates back to prehistoric times when our ancestors began to weave skins to carry objects of common use of that time such as woods, weapons or various articles and unlike today this object was mainly used by men who moved more frequently than women; subsequently, with the future of the coin in the subsequent epochs, man continued to use small leather pouches to carry coins or valuables.


From pouch to shoulder bag

Through texts and paintings we can say with certainty that these bags were made of leather, a ductile and resistant material that is obtained from the processing of the skin of some animals. The oldest evidence dates back to the twelfth century in Tuscany, where, even today, the creation of leather accessories is famous all over the world. In this period the bags were carried attached to the belt by means of straps or ribbons, or they were kept hung around the neck or, in the case in which the dimensions were large, were carried over the shoulder; In the following centuries the bags began to change both in size and material, according to the needs of those who wore them in the various historical periods.


Women and handbags, imprinting is born 

It was not until the late 1800s-early 1900s that the handbag began to be used by a female audience, when they assumed a greater role within society: women became more dynamic outside the home, whether for leisure or work. In this era handbags reflected the owners in both fabrics and shapes, we find handbags, small, glitzy, uncluttered for the wealthy class; simple, practical and larger for the lower middle class. After the end of World War II, and with greater freedom for women in both work and social spheres, the handbag became an indispensable accessory in a woman’s life, an accessory that is still essential in daily life today.


Now becoming the most status symbol accessory there is, they bear suggestive names, they are the new stars of the fashion firmament. They trigger frenzies and crazy spending. They are never chosen at random because they are indispensable companions of life. They fill up, they scramble, they embrace like a body part.”


Florence Leather Market’s vision

As you can tell, the history of leather bag making and creation goes back many, many centuries, and there are so many shapes and stories for each model of bag that it would be impossible to describe them all. One thing that is certain is that the tradition of leather working in Tuscany has remained and been handed down to the present day.


Florence Leather Market has maintained this tradition by going to combine workmanship with classic and innovative patterns combined with what are the colors of current fashion.

Visit our website https://www.florenceleathermarket.com and discover the right model for you.


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BUSINESS LEATHER BAGS: the Florence Leather Market glam and resistant line

Those who travel a lot for work know that choosing the right bag to travel with is essential: it’s a touch of style, but above all a guarantee of reliability when you’re out and about. The Florence Leather Market line aims to satisfy those who don’t want to give up comfort and glam, sturdy materials, but also the craftsmanship of Made in Italy. In a few words, it is aimed at those who want practicality and aesthetics together. In this article we will analyze how Florence Leather Market deals with business.

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Florence Leather Market’ style

The brand’s collection consists of business briefcases, briefcases and leather work bags. The shades are the classic ones of leather or black, to get to the honey nuance, delicate and very trendy. On the aesthetic side, each piece in the line is made special by the metal details or the branded logo. But even the fastenings make a difference, going from the classic zip to the more sophisticated metal bar. For lovers of the past and lived eras, Florence Leather Market also welcomes a soft and tasteful Vintage with a distinctive and original look, and must-have pieces for any self-respecting Vintage lover.


Our Forte

But let’s see in detail the composition of the Business line of the Florence Leather Market brand. As we said, the briefcases are the flagship of the collection. The Florentine leather makes them elegant and with a pleasant touch, while the craftsmanship and the inclusion of contemporary elements, such as reinforced handles and metal parts, transform them into timeless pieces. In the line we also find the practical bags with adjustable shoulder straps like our Leather briefcase with two compartments, to be worn on the shoulder or also used as more metropolitan handbags. There is also no shortage of classic briefcases, with a very classic, clean-cut design and unisex aesthetic, suitable for those who want to go to work in style.

The quality of Florence Leather Market

The Italian tanneries are an excellence renowned all over the world, thanks not only to the historical know-how, but also to the creative component that characterizes our sectors. Leather is one of the least industrialised products on the market: manual work remains at the base of all manufacturing processes, from tanning to the creation of handcrafted products. As far as the quality of the materials is concerned, the Florence Leather Market line of Business Bags is made of Italian leather, vegetable-tanned, hand-dyed and then cut and sewn by expert craftsmen. The savoir faire of the brand, which was born in Florence and has become famous in Italy and around the world, can be felt in every piece of the collection. The line meets the needs of her and him, both for short trips and for longer journeys.


What are you waiting for? Check out the fantastic line of business bags by Florence Leather Market


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Gift for your man: here’s what to buy

Every time an anniversary approaches, the sense of gift panic can’t be missed, the anxiety of wanting to choose at all costs the best possible gift to make your loved ones happy gets stronger and stronger and indecision of what to buy reigns above everything. But have you ever wondered where the custom of exchanging gifts comes from?

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Let’s find out now…

The origin of the gift

According to some scholars, the exchange of gifts originates from the Greeks who, on special occasions such as birthdays, used to offer gifts to the birthday person because it was believed that these gifts had the power to protect the birthday person and the givers themselves from evil spirits. As for the exchange of Christmas gifts, scholars believe it derives from the exchange of Strenne, lush consecrated branches that the ancient Romans exchanged on the first of January as a wish for prosperity and abundance. These customs have been passed down to us and it is our duty to honor the traditions and at the same time make a good impression during the special occasion. There could be several occasions for which you are looking for a gift from a man. Is your boyfriend’s birthday coming up? Are you already thinking about the next Christmas gifts? Or are you anxious about what to get for your first anniversary?


Here are 3 great ideas to make a big impression


Surely you’re tired of seeing your husbands or your children use over the years always the same old belt, not giving a damn about the style and the idea of creating a minimum combination with a piece of clothing or why not? A combination with your handbag. If you are looking for a classic belt for your dad, a sporty model embellished perhaps with rope inserts for your boyfriend and so on. You will have no difficulty in finding the model of belt that best suits your needs and those of the person concerned. We at Florence Leather Market love to create leather belts for every eventuality. Take a look at our belt collection. 


They say that the clothes don’t make the man but the wallet does, unfortunately if you open your ears and pay attention, you can hear a small voice coming from the back pocket of every man’s trousers, it is the voice of a poor old wallet that has long passed its expiry date but continues to be used and serviced as it is “still working”. If you notice this item then why not direct your gift specifically towards a nice leather wallet? Here are some ideas that might be right for you.


The gym bag definitely falls into that category of items that every man would like to change but doesn’t want to spend money to do so and therefore, for every sporting occurrence, he uses the very old football bag from when he was a child or the one given by the gym with an annual membership. Probably nobody would admit the need to change his bag but, underneath it all, every man would like to look cool when he goes to train or when he goes to a football match. That’s why, in our opinion, it’s a really alternative and useful idea that is sure to please a lot! Have a look at “Borsone Fortunato” 

Now that you have it all figured out you just have to choose the perfect gift!

Florence Leather Market with just one click and you will find your gift at home. You just have to enjoy the party.


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Small and precious leather chests: Wallets.


Born to simplify our lives, wallets, are to be considered the undisputed protagonists of our daily lives.

The wallet is an indispensable item for both men and women, for two reasons. The first, is purely practical and essentially serves as a “collector” of money, cards and documents. The second reason, even more important than the previous one, is linked to one’s own identity. Thanks to the wallet, we can express our style and communicate our personality.

Are you looking for a technical and accurate design wallet, both in finishes and aesthetics? 

The master craftsmen of Florence Leather Market come from years of experience in the manufacture and selection of the best materials and are therefore able to make finished products in every detail ensuring the high quality Made in Italy. Thanks to our wide selection range we are able to respond to every need and always satisfy customers.

Which wallet to buy?

Along with items such as bags and belts, wallets are considered part of fashion accessories.

However, there are some fundamental features for choosing such an important accessory and we at Florence Leather Market guarantee absolute clarity.

Our leather wallets are made of various patterns, colors and different shapes, so that everyone can choose from a wide selection on our online shop.

In addition to being original and versatile, the wallets of Florence Leather Market are made with the best leather on the market, this peculiarity makes them very beautiful and durable over time.

The wallets, both for women and men, of our collection, allow you to have at hand what you need by combining, therefore, practicality and a look that does not go unnoticed. We have specially developed a stylish collection of wallets available in different colors, sizes and styles.


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The materials chosen for our productions are all of the highest quality. Good resistance is the focal point of our company ethics, we love to offer a great product in terms of quality, resistant both over the years and for weather events.

The size and shape of the wallet vary greatly according to the need that a person has; for this reason within our collection we have included many models, from the largest to the smallest, able to adapt to the taste of each of our customers. 

In addition, some women’s models are similar to small clutches, with large spaces for women who have no interest in carrying many accessories but want to bring with them the right indispensable during their outings.

Matching bag and wallet

Sometimes the wallet is chosen specifically to be matched to the bag. 

On Florence Leather Market, you can find these bag/wallet combinations, to make you immediately noticed thanks to elegance, style and originality.

Our collection is so wide, that it will be very easy to find the one that best suits your style and way of being. From neutral colors to irreverent patterns, also given by different treatments, you will have a wide choice of models.

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How to revive the color of a leather bag


Owning a leather bag is definitely essential for every fashion-conscious woman being synonymous with elegance and durability. It can be combined with almost any outfit and is also perfect to be worn every day.

Unfortunately, after some time, the color of our leather bag can start to fade or just lose all the natural shine of when we just bought it. If you want to give a touch of life to your bag, continue reading this article because Florence Leather Market will give you some simple but great tips to be able to revive the color and brilliance of your favorite bag! 

Let’s see together how to take care of it…

How to maintain a leather bag

Leather bags are like plants or our skin, they need care! In this case it is therefore essential to keep it hydrated so as to ensure its natural shine.

Let’s summarize some of the main tips to keep in mind:

  • Moisturizes the skin of the bag with a gentle cleansing milk for the face thus removing the halos that may have created
  • Erase any stains with rubber (there are also specific rubbers on the market)
  • Intensifies the color of the skin with dyes of the same color and shines the skin with a neutral or the same color of the bag.

These are the basic steps to trying to keep your perfect bag longer, remember.. Prevention is better than cure!


How to improve your leather bag

Now that you know how to take care of your bag, let’s see together some ideas to improve it and make it unique!

In case your bag is simple and plain, a great idea to enhance it is to accessorize it! For example with a scarf, very trendy curled on the handle or knotted on the side, or with some jewelry to make the bag more precious and lively!

If, however, you have the artistic soul, a very cute choice is to try to paint the bag! You can cover some defects due to wear or make a simple bag a super personal and eye-catching accessory! However, make sure that the paint chosen is waterproof and suitable for the color of the skin, so as not to ruin your beautiful handbag!

Another very nice option is to match your favorite bag with a different or patterned shoulder strap! This will be a very trivial way to manage to change the appearance of your bag without having to resort to any change too drastic and irreversible.

These were some tips to manage to maintain your bag or repair some damage. With a little creativity you can transform your bag and make it special and fabulous.

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