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.


the bag origin

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.

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leather wallets

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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