backpack and bags

Backpack or bag? Two accessories with different functions, choose which one you prefer


Men and women of different ages need accessories such as bags or backpacks for everyday life. They can be useful for many reasons: to bring the most important things, to go to work and carry computers and documents, to take a trip. An accessory like this is used all the time, so it’s more likely to get damaged or broken. If after our purchase we spend a few days and there is already something wrong, maybe the product was not of good quality.

To have a long-lasting, solid, and well-made product it is better to buy a backpack or a handmade bag made in Italy. This will make us spend a bit more at the beginning but will guarantee us a high-quality product, which we will not have to change from year to year. Buying handicrafts is always a good idea.

Why choose an artisanal leather accessory

A handmade accessory ensures a high quality since it is produced by hand and with excellent materials. Leather in Italy is worked with care and always guarantees durability. A belt, a wallet or a leather briefcase can last many years, even the whole life. The seams are resistant, the material is solid and hardly ruins. Compared to fast fashion products we will spend more, but we will have a top-quality product in our hands. By buying Italian handicrafts we make a sustainable choice, against too much waste of the market. Buying less but more quality products, in fact, is good for the planet, in addition to the fact that we support artisanal activities in place of large chains.

Choosing to buy a handmade leather accessory therefore has its great advantages: lasts longer over time, supports small and medium-sized realities, is a sustainable and ethical choice. In addition to this, these are objects that are very beautiful, designed and made with great care to never be trivial.

There are many leather accessories, the most used are backpacks and bags, but what is the difference between the two? And which is better for us? Let’s see what the main features of backpacks and bags are, and which is the right one for us.


leather backpack

A leather backpack is an almost indestructible accessory. We can put it where we want and always take it with us, it will hardly get ruined! You can use it for work, but also for a trip, and it can contain many useful things. Having always on the shoulders does not encumber us, indeed it will be very comfortable. There are backpacks of many colors and sizes, both for women and men, so there is an embarrassment of choice. Some models are more elegant, others more casual.

Everyone must have at least one backpack, because it is one of those convenient and useful accessories that can save us on many occasions. The backpacks can be adjusted and adapted to each person, even with different physicality.

Leather bag

A leather bag is a jewel that can last for years without ever showing a scratch. It can be small or very large, the important thing is that it contains everything we need. The bag is first a useful accessory for everyday life, but it can also be beautiful to show off with different outfits. Leather is a durable and elegant material, so we can wear a handmade bag for different occasions.

A leather bag can be a very special and beautiful gift to give to friends, colleagues, and relatives. Being a particular and very useful accessory will always be appreciated.

Where to buy leather accessories

Leather is a material that needs to be very worked before it can be used to create accessories. There are many steps to make it perfect and only those who are in the business know all the techniques. Its cost also depends on this, it is not a simple material like others, but must be treated and need the right skills to do so. The price is therefore justified, because we will have a product complete and well done, that with the passage of time will always remain the same.

In Italy we have a good market for leather goods, the important thing is to contact the right store. Florence Leather Market is a leader in leather goods and accessories, all its creations come from laboratories in the heart of Tuscany and are handmade by skilled and qualified artisans. From these products you recognize the real ones made in Italy and we will have with us an accessory that will last a long time.

Now that we have seen all the features of these accessories, we can evaluate whether to buy a backpack or a leather bag. It may be a good idea for both us and to give a gift to one of our loved ones.


Market of San Lorenzo

San Lorenzo market


The leather market of San Lorenzo is the most important in the city of Florence: it is set up every day, except on Sundays and Mondays, from Piazza San Lorenzo to Via dell’Ariento and around the Church of San Lorenzo, in the historic center of Florence. It is an ancient market that, even today, is among the favorite stops of Florentines and tourists who are in the city. In addition to the souvenirs, in the San Lorenzo market you will find clothes and a wide range of leather accessories, such as wallets, bags and belts.

The history of the San Lorenzo leather market

The Central Market of San Lorenzo was born on the appointment of Florence as Capital of the Kingdom of Italy; with the arrival of the institutions, around 1865, the city of Florence thought to completely renew the historic center, inspired by the style of the largest European capitals, especially Paris. With the growth of the city and, consequently, of the population, the old market, Il Mercato della Paglia, was no longer able to provide the necessary supply to all the inhabitants, so it was decided to give life, in some of the most dilapidated neighborhoods, The Herb Market in Sant’Ambrogio and the Market of San Frediano, now no longer present.
The idea was immediately successful but the space in San Lorenzo was still insufficient to extend the area dedicated to the market, so a labyrinth of small alleys was created between the city walls that surrounded the historic center of Florence and between some of the poorest and most battered neighborhoods.

For the improvement of the area and for the creation of a sort of large stand under which to enclose the market, the city of Florence, taking advantage of the flourishing period it was going through, hired the architect Giuseppe Mengoni, one of the most sought after in Italy at the end of 1800. The new building, with a clear Florentine appeal given by the base with Renaissance features, was inaugurated, in 1874, with the International Horticulture Exhibition, while the market, in a structure far from what we know today, only took over the following year.

In the last years of 1800 the merchants decreased drastically and the internal arrangement of the market became what we know today: around the Central Market Square, shops and stalls offer visitors goods of all kinds: from food to leather accessories, while the typical local carts offer the opportunity to stop and enjoy the authentic local delicacies.
Still today, as it happened in the previous two centuries, the city life develops around the market, between social and cultural relations, always respecting the ancient Florentine traditions.

san Lorenzo Market

The Florentine leather goods

Among the highlights of the San Lorenzo market in Florence there are all the items produced by Florentine leather goods: every day tourists and curious take assault the stalls eager to buy elegant accessories, born from the hands and passion of the best Florentine craftsmen.
Florence, on the other hand, is one of the main European cities with regard to the production of leather and the creation of clothes and accessories sought after, by virtue of their history and their style, all over the world.

As you approach the San Lorenzo market, you can feel the scent of freshly worked leather in the air: don’t stop, however, at the first stand! We advise you to breathe the atmosphere of the Florentine market, immersing yourself between people and typical objects and doing, in this way, a jump back in time. Among the most sought after goods there are, without doubt, the bags, the result of the wonderful Tuscan leather goods: from those with classic and elegant lines to the most modern ones, from small clutches to large bags, from the most elegant bags to those suitable for everyday life, to the ball market of San Lorenzo every woman can find the bag that suits her style and needs.
A similar argument applies to accessories: between wallets and belts, passing through leather nails, every curious will find a garment that will not be able to resist. All the products born from the hands and knowledge of the artisans of Florence Leather Market, a leading company in the leather goods and accessories sector, are Made in Italy: the local manufactory gives daily life to accessories that express, in every inch, the excellent quality of Made in Italy. These are mainly bags, briefcases, wallets and accessories that over time do not get ruined but, on the contrary, earn a value that has no price: with use, the accessories acquire a vintage and unique look, impossible to recreate in any way.

The leather of the Tuscan district is among the best in the world: after a long and accurate treatment process inside the Florentine tanneries, after 13 phases, the leather becomes a real luxury product, with immense value. Buying these products in the streets of the leather market of San Lorenzo means going back in time and being full of beauty and tradition, culture and authentic values.


Multicolours belts

The winter’s belts 2021-22


We had to hide them for some time, bury them in the underworld of our wardrobe; yet they seem to want to peep out from every corner of our closet. After the emphasis of the waist-up dressing, over neglected designer belts are slowly making their way back into our everyday wardrobes.

This season, the formerly deprioritized accessory is anchoring some of the best reemergence looks. Whether it’s paired with trousers for a chic day at the office, or Tibi pants perfect for mountain weekend escapades, adding a vintage, woven leather, or studded belt helps to elevate just about any winter outfit.

Whether it is mini, maxi, coloured or total black we will have difficulty not to see it in the coming months in the top of the fashion panorama. For this great return in the spotlight, we at Florence Leather market have thought of a real guide on how to wear the belt according to fashion 2022.

Belt on sight!

Now the belt is worn on sight on coats, dresses, sweaters, and blazers; We are not talking about the belt in tone-on-tone fabric that is sold together with the coat, but of leather or contrasting belts. To wear at the waist without using passers-by. Do not be afraid to dare. Put on coats and cardigans over and then emphasize the waist with a belt, even micro.

The great classic

A must-have of the Milanese style: for winter 2021 back in its most essential variant: the leather belt. For a subtle dash of glam, mark your waist with a classic black leather belt: elegant and sophisticated it can never be considered an accessory too. If then you get out of the black routine try a cognac-coloured belt, the unexpected hue will make the combination chic t-shirt and jeans.

The chain belts

Gently chained up, ladies. This is the fashion that transforms a functional element like the chain into a style detail, to take the form of a thin belt that embellishes the looks of 2021. For all intents and purposes, it is chosen as a jewel to adorn the waist or hips: it rests on the pants, tightens the waist with skirts and dresses or closes a wide jacket.


No global

In a strictly globalized way making a difference has become a fundamental rule of the Fashion industry; Making each piece exclusive and suitable for your style seems to be an affordable luxury that we cannot give up. So how can a chain bracelet be customized with so many pendants, why not adorn the belts with charms or initials?

The belt bags

Don’t call it a fanny pack. Because, in fact, it is not. The new accessory that has depopulated among influencers and international stars, in fact, looks more like a belt with a handbag. Why so loved? Well, the answer is simple: comfort. After all, the discotheques are reopened, and it is essential to start studying practical look.

The shining touch

Jewel belts are a décor element that will finish your look of autumn winter 2021 2022. amulets and pendants, real jewels: A refined detail of couture inspiration to mark in a sophisticated way the waist. To be exhibited without fear in the new feminine street style, nostalgic and increasingly in.


Whether the name of the brand is morigeratamente engraved on the buckle as for Prada or hidden behind iconic symbols of the Maison as the hooks of Salvatore Ferragamo does not matter. If it is recognizable because the fashion wants the logo well in sight. 

You don’t have to choose the belt that best suits you and start showing it off. On our Florence Leather Market website, you will find a wide and detailed range of products that can help you to elevate your look on any occasion.


an artisan works the leather

The art of Tuscany leather goods

A story to tell..

There is a universe to be told behind the material of leather, the basis and protagonist of many, multiform possibilities in fashion. A story full of surprises that still today has not ceased to amaze, a story that goes back generations and has been consolidated into an entrepreneurial reality capable of guaranteeing the highest standards in the production process.

Tuscan leather goods

Italian leather goods are a guarantee of excellence in the world, and among the various tanning districts of the boot that Tuscany has a history and reputation particularly prestigious. The region is the beating heart of Italian leather goods production, especially high quality and luxury. Even today in this area coexist the most important international brands in the sector and small artisan workshops family-run, of which we of Florence Leather Market are proudly part and that today we want to tell… We are ready to immerse you in an exciting journey into our story. A real experience able to accompany consumers and lovers of this material within a framework of beauty, history, art and charm of the processing of raw materials.

leather goods

The tradition

The beginning of the history of Tuscan leather goods refers to two districts considered part of the Italian manufacturing tradition: The so-called “distretto del cuoio” that extends between several municipalities in the province of Pisa and Florence and the district of Santa Croce sull’Arno considered the true flagship of this manufacturing industry. It was in particular the craftsmen of this area that proved to be very skilled in the processing of leather, facilitated by the presence of the river and the forest reserve that surrounded the town, indispensable for the production of vegetable tannins with which leather becomes leather. The master craftsmen of the Florentine ‘cuoietto’ still work their products by hand, and make beautiful handbags, practical backpacks, but also accessories for tobacco, elegant wallets, and footwear.

The “Florentine Cuietto”

Centuries have passed but still today Florence and Tuscany have maintained a flourishing activity in the processing of leather. In addition to the obvious use of these materials in the clothing, accessories and footwear sector, leather binding of small desk objects, jewellery boxes, smoking and gaming items is very common. The artistic binding of leather objects is performed with an ancient technique that requires great skill. The technique is called “Florentine artistic leather processing” The object is covered with layers of leather very thin and light so that it adheres perfectly to the surface to be covered. Once covered, the artisan proceeds to the operations of decoration with applications of other material, with inlays or with engravings to fire. Despite the mechanization of some steps, the bulk of the operations is still performed by hand, with maniacal care and punctual quality control on each model. Even the stylistic proposal tries to remain consistent with the rustic-chic soul that has always distinguished the Tuscan leather goods, while trying to renew itself to keep up with the trends and conquer an increasingly wide audience.

Florence Leather Market offers a wide range of stylistic proposals made by our master craftsmen, in full respect of the great centuries-old history of craftsmanship that has made Tuscany famous all over the world.


black leather

Black leather addicted


Rock, classic, elegant, romantic, wild, sometimes fetish: black leather has a thousand languages and shades. An evergreen that does not know ups and downs, is a proven truth. The leather garments to show off from head to toe in a thousand shades are definitely «never without», as demonstrated by celebrities, social networks, and catwalks. Carrie Anne Moss and Keanu Reeves, but also Joan Crawford who cleans the Camperos boots for her in Johnny Guitar and Olivia Newton John and her copied leggings of Grease, are just some of the stars bewitched by the charm of black leather during their movies.


Black leather is always a great choice


girl with a black bag

With the arrival of winter, as every year brings with it the idea of wearing purely dark and winter colours. The air cools, the days get shorter, and the atmosphere goes down, a bit like our wardrobe and here we are ready to put away the pastel bags and to pull out our timeless black leather bag. And then you can buy new trunks, wallets, hand bags, cross-body, and bag Matrix effect! If you then decide to do the fashion upgrade of the moment you no longer focus on just a garment or an accessory to show off and highlight to give a more daring touch to the look. To be cool the skin must be worn up and down, a real “total leather”. But for our personal advice it doesn’t matter to wrap yourself from black leather from head to toe like Kim Kardashian at the last Met Gala 2021. 

For this fall/winter 2021-22 we recommend arming yourself with black leather accessories that will give us the grit necessary to get back on the bike after the summer break: shoulder bags, belts, backpacks, and clutch are the protagonists of the autumn wardrobe. The guide to how to wear them comes, as always, from the catwalks: there are those who dare pointing to total leather looks and those who instead adopt styling strategies in which black leather garments conquer with the right to name their title of must-have. On the podium of the non plus ultra-pieces of Fall Winter 2021- 2022 fashion, the trend in question arranges black high-waisted leggings combined with a white blouse with wide balloon sleeves, the look is completed by the clutch Alexa. For those who prefer the chic and feminine style we recommend pants in fabric drapes characterized by the closure with male belt in calfskin. In the international catwalks instead, it is the leather skirt to be the protagonist along with the minidress: both garments are worn with maxi-leather boots and are worn with pride. Just about the latter: the presence of leather boots in the season looks has more than reason to exist. Amphibians are no less important: combining leather garments of amphibians of the same material is always an interesting idea, not only because you can create an informal look with chic declinations, but because you can dress casually in a rather “rock and roll” outfit without appearing excessive. To succeed in this combination in a balanced way, simply add a very feminine note.