7
November
2021

monticolor leather bags

Dye self-made

 

Every year the fashion world decrees the new pantone to which we must adapt, and as usual we leave in the wardrobe’s accessories with colours past. Or how many times has it happened not to wear your favourite bag because worn by the signs of time or maybe damaged by some clumsy friend?!
Although this material is quite durable, a leather bag may not be impassive over the years, piercing, scratching, losing the splendour of the original colour. What we can do?

Today Florence Leather Market will offer you a solution to all your problems, to give a new life to second-hand objects. In fact, it is quite possible to change the colour of a leather item at home and fix it right with your own hands!


Florence Leather market’s Tutorial


So, let’s see how to proceed thanks to this practical tutorial where we will explain in detail how to change colour to a bag (and not only) quickly and with a minimum expense.
To dye the bag it is necessary to thoroughly clean the skin, both on the surface and in depth. After dusting it with a soft cloth or brush, a deep cleaning is carried out using suitable cleaning solutions. For boots, do not forget to remove any buckles, while for shoes you need to remove the laces. For watch straps, you need to remember to clean the edges, punches, etc.
How to choose the colour:
The basic colour of the bag or accessory we’re going to treat should always be a couple of shades lighter than what you want to apply. This way, you can get full coverage. And above all we suggest you to go first from an intermediate colour, to let the skin assimilate the dye well and create a new “base” on which to apply the final colour: for example blue to get to black or light brown to get to dark red, and so on..

Woman with the dye in her hands

The secret of the dye:

Once cleaned and chosen the new colour of our “new bag” we recommend proceeding with a clinging to open the pores of the skin and facilitate the penetration of the dye inside the fibres. At this point we can apply the dye (we suggest you use water-based dyes, as they are easy to use and free of risks to the environment and health). To apply the colour on the bag, use a sponge and follow the instructions on the product label. Repeat this step twice, then let it dry.
We specify that the dye must be applied with regular, circular, and rapid gestures: it is necessary to treat the entire surface of the skin, in the most uniform and homogeneous way possible. Do not hesitate to repeat this as many times as you think necessary until the tonality satisfies you fully. Finally, we recommend that you use a fixative: as a paint, it will protect the skin dye and waterproof it.

The possibilities of modifying old objects and transforming them are endless; so, before you throw try to re-use! Continue to follow us on our blog to learn more secrets of this incredible material!

21
October
2021

Dei pellami di colore divero

Saffiano leather

 


The history of Saffiano leather

 

This is a type of leather, used in the fashion industry. The name Saffiano comes from the cross-hatch print, pressed into the wax that covers the leather.

Saffiano leather was produced for the first time in one of the most famous fashion houses in Italy, invented by Mario Prada for many years it characterized the creations of the Maison before being exported all over the world.

Saffiano is a particular texture of calfskin leather, an icon 100% made in Italy, synonymous with beauty and luxury, which today has become a symbol of many collections of bags, belts and wallets of other top brands such as Michael Kors and Lancaster.This particular fabric is very used and requested because it is able to combine its great durability and resistance to any kind of stain in combination with a perfect elegance and class..

Origin of the name


Actually, this leather should be called Saffian, which is the name by which the material has been known for centuries, is the name by which the material has been known for centuries. Saffiano is simply the Italianization of the expression, introduced by the Prada brothers to give their products a slightly more Italian touch.

The leather is named after the Moroccan city of Safi, the material was imported from North Africa for before its complete manufacturing process became known in Europe. The French know Saffiano as Maroquin leather, the French name for Morocco. 

What characterizes Saffiano leather?


The hallmarks of this leather are its stain and scratch resistance and its water repellency.

The range of color choices for this leather is very wide, available in both vibrant and dark tones.
The choice of color does not stop only at the solid color but you can opt for two-tone effect. This can be obtained by applying a solid color to the entire leather and then embossing by applying a second color only in the embossed areas; however, it is important to pay particular attention in this case because due to the shape and the embossing, the secondary color on the reliefs will be more delicate and more exposed to wear, being the first point of contact.

How to take care of it


Saffiano leather is durable and taking care of it to preserve it at its best is not so difficult.

Inside each belt, wallet, briefcase, bag, shoulder bag, Saffiano leather accessory you will find a label that will list and explain how to take care of the object of craftsmanship, with manufacturing strictly Made in Italy.

First it will be necessary to empty our object, in order to remove light stains, small or little invasive will be possible to proceed to cleaning with a simple cloth in soft fabric slightly damp and pass it on the affected area very gently and carefully. 

Dirt, however, could also creep into the grain, so using a simple soft brush and also slightly damp you can go to gently scrub. The important thing is not to apply too much pressure in this step to avoid damaging the luster and grain pattern.

portafoglio e altri accessori in pelle

If there are more important stains it is advisable to use a stain remover specialized for that type of stain.

Usually this type of leather goods, due to their well-known delicacy, are sold with a dust bag, i.e. a special cloth bag to protect them from dust.

When not using the product it is advisable to put it in the bag described above.

You should also pay attention to the place where you store the object, it is advisable to store it in places away from direct sunlight and excessive changes in value.

If you don’t store it in this recommended way, the object could change its aesthetics and durability, the color of the leather could fade and the leather itself could deform.

It is useful to use a specific balm for this type of leather every now and then to keep it soft and preserve its original color and shine.


Recognizing the true from the false

 

Although Saffiano leather is uniquely recognized, each luxury brand adopts its own production and finishing methodology.

Nowadays there are many fraudsters who try to deceive by trying to recreate this particular plot; in order to understand and analyze a product, to accept that it is not counterfeit it is necessary to pay attention to the smallest details.

For sure this kind of craftsmanship is produced only in Italy: the production and treatment processes are very complicated and are kept by the tanneries of the Toscano district.

What makes it a luxury material is not so much the leather itself but the manufacturing process, with the unique finishing of one leather at a time through 12 finishing steps.

Observe if there is a multi-tone effect that makes the surface optically in relief and not flat through the different coloration that the tips assume with respect to the furrows of the weave.

The machine called mille punte takes care of ensuring this effect.

14
October
2021

Inseme di pellami colorati con tonalità diverse

Everything you need to know about the world of leather goods

What are the most valuable leathers and how to recognize them

 

There are different types of leather. The natural product differs depending on the animal, the intended use, the tanning or the type of coloring. It is a fascinating product that has accompanied us, protected us and kept us warm since ancient times. Used in numerous sectors; from design to the automotive industry passing through clothing, leather represents a true art that has been handed down for centuries.  

Why go for leather?

Leather is a noble and natural raw material, mainly used in the production of shoes, furniture, car interiors, clothes and bags. Approximately 500,000 tons of leather are produced each year, the equivalent of about 1.5 billion m².

This material has a technical advantage over alternative materials: one gram of leather has an internal surface area of up to 300 m², its fibers are rich in collagen. 

artigiano che lavora la pelle

Therefore, leather has great resistance to tearing, stretching and bending, is reluctant to age and can absorb up to 30% water without “wetting”.
Can absorb moisture from the inside and direct it to the outside. Insulates against cold and heat. No substitute, no synthetic leather has so many advantages. Especially when it comes to shoes, jackets or gloves, leather clearly offers an unparalleled advantage and comfort.

The variations in leather are amazing, depending on how the dermis is processed we have a different texture and value: Nubuck, velvet, aniline, semi-aniline, pigmented leather, oily leather, suede and more.


Animals


Before talking about the characteristics of the different leathers, let’s review the various types of leather starting from the animal of origin:– Lamb: This is a thin but very resistant leather, protective and insulating, suitable for winter jackets. Loved for its delicacy, given by a smooth and silky surface. Its name is synonymous with quality.

– Sheepskin: Sheepskin has similar characteristics to calfskin but is less noble. The advantage of mutton lies in the fact that its thick wool, gives the leather even more resistance and makes it even warmer. It is therefore ideal for the creation of clothes.

– Cowhide: smooth and thick, cowhide is generally not a leather used for its nobility, we prefer it on rough and masculine jackets, which should naturally improve over time.

Buffalo: a more noble natural grain material than its friend above, buffalo remains relatively expensive and can take many forms. Solid or flexible, depending on its intended use and the treatment used. 

– Crocodile – Aligator: these are undoubtedly the most famous exotic skins. They are expensive, rare and highly sought after by the large clothing industries for making shoes and accessories. 


Le diverse varietà di pelle


– Crust: the crust is a very particular type of leather, as it is not very worked. The tannery does not apply any primer on the leather, in order to reduce chemical treatment to a minimum. This type of leather easily absorbs any type of processing and color, and is particularly used in the clothing and accessories sector.

– Vegetable leather: Today, classic leather is tanned with chrome in particular – the rest of the products is a recipe generally kept secret by the tanneries. However, it is also possible to tan it using natural materials (it is more time-consuming, more expensive and more complicated, but it is possible), so we talk about vegetable tanning. Vegetable tanning is the oldest and most ecological method of treating leather, used for several centuries.– Full-grain leather: Full-grain leather is the most valuable and durable layer of animal skin. This material is the most natural in its class and is unrivaled in quality.

– Sawn grain leather: it is the dermis that has been treated to improve its quality. The benefits are its resistance, nobility and naturalness. Having a product so raw and of such high quality is a guarantee of exceptionality and durability.

 – Nubuck: This is a type of top-grain leather treated in such a way as to give a smooth and velvety feel.

– Suede: A popular type of leather that can be identified by its fuzzy surfaces, suede is commonly made from split leather.

 – Leather split: is the lower part of the leather, the least noble part and the cheapest. It is often used for entry level products of excellent quality.

Now you have all the information you need to improve the quality of your purchases.

Knowing these indications from now on will allow you to distinguish a quality product from one that is defined as such but that is not at all. 

We have always been of the opinion that quality is better than quantity.

7
October
2021

Delle borse in pelle di varie tonalità

The leather goods

 

Where does the term leather goods come from? Etymology and curiosity about this word

 

“Leather goods,” a term used in the past to refer to items made of animal skin, now has several linguistic connotations. In today’s era, leather goods mean much more than just leather items.  As the Universal Encyclopedia web dictionary states: the term also includes the company that produces it, the techniques used to make it, the store that sells it, etc.

What do we find in the world of leather goods?
Today, leather goods are not limited to clothing and carpets. There are also shoes, wallets, belts…and especially handbags. It is precisely the latter that are the most sought after on the market, always monopolizing the first place on the podium of fashion trends. A leather bag is a symbol of luxury, elegance, sturdiness and nobility. Several giants of the Fashion Industry are dedicated exclusively to the production and sale of leather bags

So where does this ancient art, which is gaining importance century after century, come from?

The National Center for Textual and Lexical Resources explains that “leather goods” draws its etymology from the word “Moroccan” or “goatskin”. The term and the know-how were transmitted to Europe by the Spanish, a word they learned in turn from the Muslims, the true inventors of the new practice: “marroqun”.

The genesis of the art of leather goods

It is known that the use of animal skins has very ancient roots in human history. The proof was given by archaeological findings on Egyptian soil: furs, shoes, objects of daily use, musical instruments… all made of leather. And that’s not all. The use of animal skin was also a common practice in ancient Greece: knights and fighters used leather leggings and epaulettes to protect themselves during battles.

Until then, leather goods existed, but with discretion: it was a response to basic needs, including that of protection from the cold and from the enemy in battle. 

Cinture in pelle di colori diversi

It was only at the beginning of the 12th century that leatherworking began to develop, particularly in Italy and in the Maghreb countries. Leather was used in the production of luxury items, bought and worn exclusively by the bourgeoisie, the only social class that could draw on the high price. Fortunately, nowadays leather goods are accessible to everyone and can be purchased by anyone who wants them. It was only at the beginning of the 12th century that leatherworking began to develop, particularly in Italy and in the Maghreb countries.

The leatherworker: from modest worker to expert craftsman


Initially a leatherworker was a simple worker who barely earned enough to live on. But as time went by, leather goods gained importance, the bourgeoisie and the wealthy population became more and more attracted to this trend, which soon became “art”. Nobles of the Middle Ages decorated their interiors with leather objects, especially with trunks and carpets. This phenomenon continued to grow until the 13th century when demand reached its peak and furs became a real must-have, sought after by the middle class. The furriers then became artisans and their creations became objects of common desire.

Leather goods as fashion and glitz

We arrive at the sixteenth century, where leather goods enter the glorious world of fashion. The art of leatherwork became indispensable and no outfit was complete without a leather accessory. Owning a leather item was a matter of wealth, a reason for pride and irreproachable pride.

From utility to aesthetics

Leather goods, which until then had only satisfied the need for protection from the elements, also became an object of aesthetics. For this reason, a leather bag not only had to allow the transport of objects, but also had to be beautiful and elegant.

The baptism of the art of leather goods

Until then, the art of leatherworking had no real name. It was only in 1835 that it was given the name “leather goods”. From that moment on, the leather goods industry began its successful expansion and in the 19th century saw the emergence of the great luxury leather goods brands. Hermès, Louis Vuitton, Lancel and other fashion houses saw the light of day thanks to the production of fine leather goods and at the beginning of the 20th century they created the most popular leather accessory in the world: the bag.

Leather goods for everyone and for all uses
After its success in the world of fashion, the art in question expands also in the field of Design: more and more sofas, headboards, luxury car seats are made with exclusive and refined leather. Thanks to the hardness of this material it is possible to preserve beauty and uniqueness over time. Because leather is not only color or grain, but also softness, texture, characteristic smell and even art.

Today, leather goods continue to be an emblem of elegance and the highest quality: bags, shoes, gloves and leather accessories are synonymous with innovation and refinement, the result of a tradition of craftsmanship that aims at excellence.

28
September
2021

Image of a burgundy bag on background of the same color and yellow leaves

The right bag for your body, discover it here

Bags are a very important accessory for women, and each one has at least one pair in its closet.

Some, on the other hand, have dozens. Indeed, they are objects that can distort simple looks and give an added touch to casual outfits.

In addition to the aesthetics, which makes the bags so appealing and desired, another important factor is their comfort. In fact, practicality and glamour often come together in a single object: the bag

Of course, on the market there are plenty of them, of all colors, materials and sizes. There are the large bags, the mini ones or the middle measures, the shoulder bags, the briefcases or the shoppers, and again, the bags of high craftsmanship and queens, leather, fabric or plastic. I mean, each one her favorite kind of purse.

Right bag for tall women

If you’re lucky enough to be tall, then be already quiet because virtually every bag pattern suits your physique. If you really want to score, try these tips.

With large bags, such as shoppers or even backpacks, you always play it safe, because only a high physicality can be balanced with large bags.

What I said, however, does not mean at all that you cannot wear clutches or mini bags. The latter, in fact, are able to balance the figure, softening the pronounced height and thus softening it.

Bags ideal for small figures

On the contrary, if you are not too tall, there are models of bags that are ideal to look taller.

First of all, for your petite figure the maxi bags are not recommended. The reason is simple, they would risk highlighting your height even more.

borse in pelle di vario colore e forma

For these reasons, oriented on medium or even small bags, which even if they appear less practical, are definitely winning for your physicality.

Bags for plus size

There are also some models of bags that allow us to hide some flaws or even appear leaner and slender.

For example, the maxi bag helps a lot to look slimmer and gives balance to the figure. In fact, especially if you choose a model to wear to the arm, an XL bag will camouflage and make the critical points of a woman look smaller, such as the hips or thighs.

Another model that helps to look leaner is the pointy shaped bag. Although it is unusual and typical of catwalks, nothing prevents you from wearing one every day. These bags, with geometric shapes and sharp angles, help to make the figure seem more tapered.

To slim the figure, which is a great idea when you are a strong size, instead, the ideal bag is a bucket, geometric and rigid that stretches the figure without weighing it down. If you then choose a bucket that develops vertically, the effect of momentum on your silhouette will be evident and assured.

If your problem is wide hips, for example, you should shift your focus to other parts of the body. So choose models of carry bags attached to the shoulder or very short shoulder straps that attract the eye on the top of the body.

Instead, if you have a very large breast, you should avoid the short handles, which risk enlargeing the area of the cleavage even more. In this case, you can opt for bags with long handles or to wear on the forearm. That way the attention will be shifted from your breasts.