Aloer vera benefits

Aloe Vera: it’s benefits on genuine leather

How many times have you purchased some leather products and sellers tried to brainwash you into buying some extra lotion, spray or cream so that you can take care of your new purchase? Well in most cases taking care of your goods is the best way to maintain their look at the best and have long lasting results but you don’t necessarily need to buy some products. Have you ever thought of using aloe vera on your leather products? If not, you should definitely consider it because aloe vera has a lot of benefits on leather. In the following lines, I will teach you about the different advantages of aloe and how you can use it for your leather products to make them last longer. Let’s begin!

Aloe vera

What is aloe vera and what are the benefits of it on leather 

Aloe vera is an extract obtained from a species of succulent plant that is commonly found in tropical climates. It is a gel that contains various compounds that help to improve the properties of your leather products. It is commonly used in cosmetics and skincare products, due to its soothing and moisturizing properties. Aloe is also used to treat various skin problems such as acne and psoriasis. In recent years, it has also been used to heal wounds and treat various medical conditions like diabetes and cancer. So you might ask: What are the benefits of Aloe Vera on leather?


The benefits of aloe vera

Although as explained above most of the people are aware of aloe vera only when it comes to skin, it has been proven that the use of it on leather produces various benefits: First of all, it helps to prevent the drying of the leather and prevent it from cracking, which in our opinion is the first sign of decay of your product. It also makes the leather more flexible and soft, which enhances the look and feel of it. Finally increases the durability and quality of the leather products. Let’s see now how to apply aloe to your favorite leather products. 


How to apply aloe vera on leather

In order to apply aloe to your leather products, you must first clean them to remove any dirt or debris. Then, you must cut the aloe leaf into quarters and remove the pulp with a spoon or a peeler. After that, you will apply some aloe vera directly onto the leather and rub it in gently to allow it to be absorbed. Once it has soaked in, you should leave it for a few minutes and then wipe off any excess with a soft cloth. You should repeat the process on a regular basis to maintain the softness and flexibility of your leather products. You can also use the aloe vera as a base for a homemade moisturizing lotion.

In conclusion, aloe vera has many benefits for leather products, making it more durable and softer. By applying aloe regularly to your leather products, you will be able to maintain their appearance and extend their lifespan. So apply aloe vera today and see how it can give your leather products a brand-new look!

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how to recycle leather products

Recycle leather products? Here’s how to do it.

Every person is in possession of at least few leather products. This includes clothes, shoes, bags and so on. So if you are not using them, they can indeed be recycled. You should also keep in mind that the majority of leather products are non-biodegradable. This means that they cannot be broken down naturally by microorganisms in the environment. So even if you recycle them they won’t disappear quickly. In this article we will take a look at some of the different ways you can recycle leather products and why it should be done.

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Why should you be recycling leather?

Leather is a material that is very versatile and can be easily adapted to many different purposes. It is strong and durable and it can be washed and cleaned very easily. The materials used to construct some leather products are also reusable which means that they can be turned into other products after their useful life has come to an end. This is good for the environment because it means that we don’t have to waste as much material as we used to in the past. Plus it is also good for the economy since we can use the same materials and use them again to produce different products.


How do you recycle leather products?

There are many different ways that you can recycle your leather products. If you no longer want to use your products, one option is to sell them so that you can have back some of your initial investment. Alternatively you can give them away to someone else who might need them. This will give other people the chance to enjoy them and make you a better person. You can also donate your leather products to a charity or fundraising event, it is always good to think of others this way. This will ensure that the leather products get used rather than going to waste or being thrown away.


Another way to recycle

If selling or giving away your clothes doesn’t work for you, another option would be to take your old leather products to a recycling centre or container to make sure they are recycled properly. Recycling centres specialise in collecting all kinds of materials and turn them into new products which can be used again instead of going to the landfill. So the question that comes to mind is: is leather sustainable for the environment?


Sustainability of leather for the environment 

Leather is a natural product which has been used by humans for thousands of years. As a fact, leather is made from the skins of animals which have been slaughtered for their meat. This means that the manufacture and use of vegetable tanned handcraft leather does not pose any threat to the environment because there is no additional fuel, chemicals or other harmful materials used in its manufacture. In addition, the production of leather goods requires very little water so that the environmental impact is reduced to a minimum.

Florence Leather Market specializes in manufacturing the highest quality leather goods made from genuine leather using only 100% vegetable tanned calf skins. All materials are sourced from Europe and Italy guaranteeing quality and durability as well as a strong environmental focus.

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how to clean leather

3 Tips on How to clean your leather products

Looking for tips on how to take care of your leather products? This article will teach you the basics of caring for your leather items and help keep them looking their best. Leather is durable, stylish, and versatile – so it only makes sense to keep it in the best possible condition for as long as possible. But how do you do that? The best way to protect leather is by protecting it, keeping it clean and well-maintained.

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3 tips for maintaining your leather products:

Clean the products regularly

To begin, you’ll want to clean your leather using a damp cloth with mild soap and warm water. Be sure to avoid harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaners as these can cause damage to your leather and shorten its lifespan. After cleaning, let your product dry naturally and don’t apply any inappropriate conditioners or chemical moisturizers as this could cause spotting or other damage. Leather products are resilient to dirt, stains, spills and even water, however, it’s still important that you clean them as regularly as possible to prolong their lifespan and keep them looking their best.


Condition the leather often

As you use your leather products, you’ll find that they start to look dirty and worn over time. It’s important to stay on top of this with regular conditioning to prevent stains and keep leather soft and flexible. There are many ways to condition leather, but we recommend using a special conditioner specifically designed for leather. This will preserve the condition of your product and keep it looking its best. Try to apply conditioner to your leather after every use to help keep it in good condition and avoid damaging it. Take a look here for the best leather conditioning on the market!

Protect it from weather

Finally, you’ll want to protect your leather from moisture and the UV rays from direct sunlight in order to preserve its appearance and prevent cracking and fading. Always store your leather products in a cool, dry place when they’re not in use and always store them in the original bag or box to avoid damage during transport. When they are in use, be sure to protect them from the elements with an appropriate covering or with a high-quality protective spray or balm. This will help keep your leather products in good shape for years to come!

In conclusion, by following these simple tips you can keep your leather products in great condition and make them last longer!

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Vegetable tanning: why it’s the best

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.

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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

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 warming just 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 website and be won over by the quality of our products.



Leather handcraft courses: here what you will learn

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.


  1. 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. 


  1. 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.


  1. 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 website to see how Florence Leather Market uses modern style craftsmanship techniques.