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7
December
2021

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.

14
November
2021

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.

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.