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21
May
2021

All types of buckles on the market

Each self-respecting belt consists of a metal part, usually called a buckle. This element serves to keep the two ends of the belts close and  firm, (Do you like belts? Read here!)

But when the buckle was born?

When the first buckle was born it is not really known, but the first belts saw the light during the Bronze Age, in the European geographical area.  

The belt was immediately used as an accessory that had to be worn according to the fashions of the moment, just for this was used by both men and women. Until today when the belt with the buckle is used not only for functionality but also to give a modern and original look.

Let’s look at some common types of buckles these days.

  • The buckle is rounded. The rounded buckle or even ring, usually gives the outfits a casual look. These buckles are made in the shape of a circle or oval. The belts that have this element usually run right inside the ring and the closure is produced by the tension. 
  • The cassette and plate buckle. As a rule, plaque buckles are carefully decorated with designs made by hand or by machine. The cassette buckles instead are characterized by a subspecies of small metal box, which allows you to fasten your belt without the aid of holes. 
  • The rounded oval buckle. This type of belt buckle, gives the outfits a special and original touch. The belt closure works according to tension, so there is no need to use any holes.
  • The rectangular buckle with rounded edges. Usually this particular shape can be found in the formal belts, used on ceremonial or office dresses. This does not prevent you to use it even on more casual outfits to make a refined and classy casual look. 

What materials are used to produce buckles?

The buckles can be made of different materials such as: copper, steel, aluminum, brass or silver. The material used produces satin or shiny buckles

Depending on the compounds used for the production of buckles, the latter will have different characteristics, both in terms of strength and durability. 

To assemble the buckle to the belt there are several techniques such as: by clamp, by sewing, by screw or stopper. 

The buckle element is then attached to the part of the belt through sewing techniques or with the use of a clamp. Otherwise the buckle can be secured to the belt with one or more screws.


In Florence Leather Market you can find many belts for both men and women, characterized by different types of buckles, to be worn with different outfits, from the most formal to the most casual and sporty, (take a look at this).

14
May
2021

What dyes are used in leather goods and why?

The dyeing of leather and tannery, represents an Italian excellence handed down over time as craftsmanship and subsequently refined as industrial production.

Materials Used

The dyeing of leathers involves the use of a wide range of colors that take the name of “lacquers” divided into natural dyes and artificial dyes. 

Inside the natural section there are a number of woods from trees that, when assembled with metal oxides, give shape to different shades of color

For example, the red-brown camping wood, if left to rest, takes on the shade of light yellow, while if assembled with a copper sulfate the tone it acquires takes on the traits of blue and purple. 

Among natural dyes there are elements extracted from plants which, combined with salts, give shape to different colors. Let’s take for example the sumac plant. 

This plant assembled with aluminum salt produces a lacquer with a bottle green tone, or with iron salt it creates a black lacquer and with lead salt the color that will come out will be hazelnut. The examples are as numerous as the elements used in dyeing.

Artificial or synthetic colorants have now almost completely replaced the use of natural colorants, for a factor of optimization of time and intensity of colors. They are divided into “acid dyes” and “basic dyes“.

Acids are used for production and chrome tanning, deriving from sodium chloride. Basics, on the other hand, are formed from simple salts and are used for vegetable tanning such as drum dyeing.

Processing

There are several processes to dye the leather and carry out tanning, about which you can read more: here

Among the most frequent operations used as leather coloring is the Dyeing in Bottle, which involves the immersion of the leather in a barrel of color, to make the leather acquire an aged and shiny tone. 

The brushing method is more challenging because it is done by hand, with longer processing times, where the dyer places the leather on a board, passing a brush over it absorbed with color.

Machine dyeing with color spray guns, involves a machine that rotates on itself spraying a dye on hides automatically. Industrial method used to amortize time.

How is Florence Leather Market different?

Florence Leather Market selects first of all the best materials available and opts for a handmade, artisan workmanship.

Where it is not possible for a question of time, it always tries to offer its customers comfort, durability and quality for its products. 

If you want to read more about Made in Italy and the company reality of Florence Leather Market, read here.

28
April
2021

What you wear expresses the person you are: psychology of the bag.

The way a person wears a bag reveals many characteristics of us. The bag, in fact, is not just an accessory but a way of being and a behavioral code. 

Bag sizes

Small, medium or large bag? The model you choose may indicate that you are a confident and control-loving bag, or an expansive and creative person.

Small bags tend to indicate that you are an independent person and often travel with only the bare essentials, which makes you an ambitious and confident person. 

Medium and large bags, on the other hand, indicate a person who wants to be in control of all situations, trying to carry all the essentials to be ready for any eventuality. 

The difference between the medium and large bag is purely aesthetic, as the medium sized bag looks more professional than the previous one. 

Tote Bag

Let’s start with the largest bag, the Tote Bag.

Inside this bag you can fit everything from a laptop to an umbrella to a makeup bag or snacks for snacks. 

The convenience of this type of bag is in fact, the functionality of the pockets and space it offers. 

Generally the Tote, see here an example, is carried on the shoulder. The particularity of this fit, translates as whimsy and practicality. 

Characterizing a versatile style, always focused on comfort and giving nothing to chance. 

Satchel

The Bauletto, or otherwise a typical hand bag, denotes elegance, style and femininity. See here

The handbag fit serves to re-brand a decisive role of a winning woman with a strong personality. Even the mere thought that using the hand bag, allows you to walk around with only one arm available, translates as a great determination of a multitasking person. 

The cross body bag

If you use a cross body bag in your daily life, you are a super active person, perpetually on the move and well focused on comfort.

Depending on the position of the bag in relation to the body, two different behavioral attitudes are emphasized: if it falls to the front, it indicates shyness, if it falls back it is an indication of a very busy person focused on his goals. 

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Forearm

A bag worn on the forearm denotes a strong desire for distinction and style, for a person of sophisticated style and slight haughtiness. 

If you see yourself in this definition, this bag may be right for you.

Backpack

People who wear backpacks as a habitual accessory are very creative, good, honest and friendly people. 

The backpack represents the accessory par excellence of lightheartedness and a pinch of naivety, choose the style. See here an example. 

23
April
2021

The history of the wallet, from its origins to today

The wallet, who, how, when and why?

The wallet is a very useful accessory, all have one of completely different shapes, colors and sizes. The choice of this accessory usually goes according to your needs and comfort, but also to your personal taste. Read more »

28
March
2021

Armocromia, what is it, let’s discover it together!

Seasonal color analysis, what are we talking about? Let’s find out together. 

Sometimes it happens that a shirt of the same color is better for your friend and instead for you we, or the opposite, or that in any case on someone else that color stands out more or tends to lose the brilliance. The same thing can happen with make-up, for example with lipstick, many times it happens that a lipstick gives you more than another person.

As a rule, one blames one’s hair or skin colour but does not consider a wider area, that is, seasonal color analysis, a discipline that studies how a certain color is more favorable for some people instead of others.

Let’s see together what is meant in detail by the word seasonal color analysis

As the word says, seasonal color analysis, means harmony between colors, balance between shades. This discipline was born thanks to the personality of Johannes Itten (do you quant to learn more? Click here!), a famous Swiss artist who wrote “The Art of Color” in 1961. Within this volume, Itten undertook to outline a totally new theory regarding colors that takes into account two priority characteristics of colors:

  1. The value, light or dark color;
  2. Temperature, colour hot or cold.

Itten divided the colors according to the temperature, going to locate the cold colors and the warm colors. Cold colors are those composed of a majority of blue colors, while warm colors are those composed of a majority of yellow color.

Colour and seasons

Itten, moreover, made a further subdivision of the tonalities, observing the nature, still more precisely observe the seasons. According to the latter, he managed to categorize the colors by referring to the four seasons, then: autumn, winter, spring, summer.

The fundamental task of seasonal color analysis, is not to let us discover a preset palette that goes to match with our shades, but in reality, this discipline has as its purpose to make us understand objectively which are the colors that really are better and in balance with our person.

So, to find out which are the shades that fit you best you don’t have to rely solely on a tone of your body, whether it’s skin, eyes or hair, but you’ll have to figure out which shades are best with the set of colors that expresses your body.

First you will need to be able to identify your undertone, in fact in general if the color of your veins is green, your undertone will be warmer, if the color of yours is bright blue, your undertone will be colder, or if you are in a situation of veins green/ blue, so not too clear, you will have a neutral undertone.

Your undertone can therefore be warm, (the more the color of your veins is marked green the warmer your undertone is), cold (blue veins), or neutral (green/blue veins).

The seasonal color analysis obviously does not stop there, Online you will find numerous tests that will direct you towards what in theory should be the palette best suited to the colors of your body.

Even at the level of leathers you can find the colors that maintain the harmony between your shades, come and have a look among the bags of our online shop, you will surely find the one that best suits your complexion (Find out more, click here).