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7
May
2022

Emily Bag

Introducing the Emily bag: The new floral bag by Florence Leather Market

 

Florals? For spring? Groundbreaking.” It’s one of the most iconic quotes in fashion cinema.

Uttered in an unamused, flat tone by Meryl Streep as Miranda Priestly in The Devil Wears Prada, the phrase has seared itself onto the collective fashion consciousness. The first time I heard her stern words, I purged every flowery outfit in my wardrobe, terrified to be deemed basic by my peers.

Since then, I’ve learned that the print doesn’t automatically ban me to sartorial Siberia. On the contrary, there’s a reason why it returns like clockwork every spring/summer season. But while florals do belong in our hot-weather wardrobes, this season Nordic and international designers alike have introduced the print for summer. And it’s not just any florals they’re focusing on; this season, it’s all about the granny florals.

Borrowing for your nan isn’t exactly new. Over the last couple of seasons, we’ve seen a surge of pearls, cardigans, silk scarves and loafers. The aesthetic – arguably brought on by Gucci’s styling – is the very best remnant of the 1980s exuberance, the very essence of granny chic.

The print is distinctive, to say the least. Daintily dotted petals in muted colours clustered together in a repetitive pattern. It’s the print you grew up with on your granny’s wallpaper, on her table cloth – even on her housecoat.

Emily

Emily

Introducing the Emily bag

 

So, if the floral is in fashion why not buy a bag with a floral print? Yes, why not? Today we want to introduce you to Emily-  the ideal handbag

Sometimes the best things in life come about as a result of an afterthought, and such is the case with Florence leather Market’s botanical-print Emily bag, a late addition to her Resort 2022 collection. “Florence leather Market was looking at gardening books from the fifties and found these old botanical drawings and was very inspired by them,” they explain. “They became a bold part of our spring collection, and then we adapted the print into the Emily bag for this season.” We love the idea of ​​a floral-embellished tote to carry us through the happiest summer months.

Emily is a handbag with modern and original details. The bag is made of shiny crust leather that makes it an indispensable accessory in the wardrobe of all women.

Attractive design

Emily is characterised by functional details and details.

This bag can be combined with outfits very different from them, and the high quality of the materials used in its construction make it resistant to time and wear.

This one lands in the Florence leather Market Florence store the week of May 13 (just in time for the holidays), but it can be pre-ordered now.

Hurry up! don’t miss this opportunity !!

 

 

 

21
April
2022

How to Clean leather materials

How to Clean leather materials

 

From handbags and purses to journals and wallets, we want you to enjoy your leather goods for a lifetime. From the moment they are crafted, until they arrive in your arms, they need to be cared for properly.

With our handy guide, your most treasured pieces will look beautiful for years to come. Covering all day-to-day care and maintenance to small repairs and specialist cleaning, here you’ll find everything there is to know about leather care.

How to Clean Specialist Materials

Exotic and delicate leathers and materials must be cleaned with extra care to uphold their sumptuous nature.

Buffalo hide and snakeskin

 

Buffalo hide and snakeskin are coveted for their exquisite textures and should be carefully cleaned accordingly. Continuous friction may cause fur and scales to wear away, so take care to treat the surfaces gently with a non-abrasive cloth and work with the grain of the texture.

A damp cloth will remove dust and debris from snakeskin. However, do not oversaturate the skin with water and ensure you allow it to dry naturally, away from artificial heat.

Buffalo hide will require soft brushing in the direction of the fur to loosen any build-up of dirt. Once clean, store your buffalo and snakeskin accessories away from direct sources of heat.

How to Clean leather materials - The Florence Leather Market’s guide

Suede and nubuck

 

Water and oil can stain suede and nubuck, so dry cleaning methods are advisable.

Begin by using a suede brush to lift away any dust and dirt and, if a little extra help is required, apply a short burst of steam.

Light oily or greasy marks can be lifted out by applying corn flour overnight and gently brushing away the excess afterwards, while for tougher stains, it’s advisable to use a dedicated suede or nubuck cleaning solution.

Print

Printed leather can be treated much like any other; dusted with a soft brush or cleaned with a damp cloth.

However, colour based balms and polishes should be avoided as they may alter the appearance of the print, and any conditioners or protective sprays should first be tested on an inconspicuous area such as a corner or under a pocket flap.

Velvet

Velvet is a sumptuous and luxurious fabric and should be treated with the utmost care.

Wet conditions should be avoided and water should not be used during the cleaning process, accidental spills can be blotted away with a clean, dry cloth. You may smooth the pile with a soft brush or the palm of your hand but ensure you do not vigorously rub the surface.

For stains and more thorough cleaning, we recommend using a professional dry-cleaning service.

These are just a few techniques you can use to keep your skin looking its best. To receive other useful tips for skin maintenance, do not hesitate to leave a comment below or visit our website.

28
February
2022

eco-friendly bag

Sustainable fashion

 

The stakes in the debate over leather are growing. Leather goods, largely handbags and shoes, are the biggest and highest margin category in the luxury sector. Fashion recognises the need to reduce its carbon footprint, and leather’s own footprint is relatively large as far as materials go because of the emissions associated with animal agriculture. The tanning process also relies on toxic chemicals that are harmful for workers and the environment. Even most vegan options are petroleum-based, which is not a particularly sustainable alternative. Still, leather proponents say that it would be wasteful to not use the hides left over from the process of meat production. It’s also durable, and therefore can fit into the “buy less, buy better” ethos.

What does ‘sustainable fashion’ mean?

Not to be confused with ‘ethical fashion‘ (although they often go hand-in-hand), ‘sustainable fashion’ essentially refers to how the clothing will affect the environment – in production, through sales and how it’s then transported and creates waste. Also, leather will never be an animal-friendly product: It is made of dead animal skin. However, the skin used to make leather comes from animals raised for their meat. In that sense, it uses a by-product from another industry, so it doesn’t actually need additional land and resources.

Conventional leather is heavily criticized for the environmental impact of the tanning process.  But leather can also be eco-friendly. There are not many options in the market yet, but they do exist.

sustainable bag that respects nature

How to shop more sustainability?

If you think shopping for sustainable brands means spending more money, you’re not alone – but Florence leather market‘s philosophy says first and foremost, a great way to be more sustainable is to simply work with what you already have. “Shop your wardrobe, it says. “Re-use what you have. Do clothes swaps with friends. And if you have to buy new, get informed and then seek out brands that are really trying to produce more sustainably, especially follow these good rules.

Here are some things you can do to curb your effect on the environment, when it comes to shopping for clothing:

  • Avoid trends, buy classic timeless designs                                                                                                            The absolute best, most sustainable thing you can do, when it comes to shopping for clothing, is to buy an item and wear it as frequently as possible, for as long as possible
  •  Buy the best quality you can afford                                                                                                                    With the same idea of avoiding trends so your purchases will last longer, you should also try to buy the highest quality (most durable) product you can afford.

 

  • Buy natural fibres, not synthetic                                                                                                                        Always buy clothing made from all-natural fibbers (like wool, cotton, linen, silk, hemp, etc), not synthetic fibres (like polyester, nylon, spandex, rayon, acrylic, etc).  

 

  • Know your size, and how to use alterations                                                                                                          One of the biggest reasons people throw-out clothing is because it doesn’t fit. Never buy the wrong size, even if it’s on a crazy last-chance clearance sale. You won’t wear it.

We hope this helps you. There should be nothing stopping you from dressing with style, in a sustainable way, on any budget. If you are interested in it, also read our article on “how Florence Leather market makes an eco-friendly business” 

Thanks, as always, for reading and doing your part. Together we can make a difference.

21
February
2022

eco-friendly leather bag

Sustainable bags

 

You may be familiar with the best sustainable clothing brands, but where do you turn to when shopping for eco-conscious accessories? Knowing where to head for your next bag purchase is just as important when wanting to build up a sustainable wardrobe, whether you’re in the market for a summery straw tote, a classic faux-leather cross-body or an elegant bucket bag.

Researching a brand properly – understanding its process and materials used – is vital for making greener choices when it comes to our wardrobes.

Florence Leather Market: shop consciously

More than 30 percent of unwanted clothes end up in landfill every year, meaning our planet gets damaged as a result. It equates to around £140 million worth of used, but still wearable clothing, brought thrown away. That’s why it’s so important, now more than ever, to shop consciously. For those of you trying to spend in a more ethical and sustainable manner, but don’t know where to start, we’ve rounded up 5 of our favourite handbags that all operate using eco-friendly processes.

eco-friendly leather bag

Invest in our Severa 

Florence Leather Market hopes for a world where consumers know where their products were made and by whom. Our brand provides international market access, fair trade wages, and safe working conditions for its entire team, who, in turn, create beautiful, timeless staples. This collection of handmade leather handbags are crafted in Italy and are both stylish and sturdy, so you’re sure to stand out wherever you carry your bag. Our Severa  is a handbag handcrafted in Italy. The bag is created using genuine calfskin, tanned and worked in Florentine laboratories.

Greta is our philosophy

Florence leather Market emphasises how important it is for us to make the right choices, to deliver high-quality products whilst respecting its workers and the planet. The brand bases production on local crafts and uses only services of regional producers and suppliers, using Italian, tanned leather. Above all else, Florence Leather Market represents what it means to be sustainable in fashion today, by creating timeless pieces to invest in now and love for a lifetime. Greta has mastered the philosophy of timeless elegance and future-forward fashion. The leather bag is ethically made by artisans who are paid fair wages in safe factories. Greta is a bag/ backpack consisting of two large internal compartments, a pocket for coins and a pocket for smartphones. The accessory is available in many different colors, realizated  with an eco-sustainable dyeing process. 

Clelia, a genuine bag

When making leather goods, the material is sourced from hides that would have been otherwise discarded, using less energy than it takes to create vegan leather. The Clelia genuine leather bag is a compact and casual chic bag realised by a sustainable process. The accessory is characterized by calfskin embellished with original details, which do not go unnoticed. We know that our choices have an impact on the environment around us. The brand works to ease its own environmental footprint by sourcing sustainable materials, implementing ethical production practices and investing in styles that stand the test of time. 

If you’re looking to update more of your wardrobe, check out our fair trade accessory guide, and read our article on “how to shop more sustainable” .

12
February
2022

leather belt

4 leather belts to refresh your style

 

Belts aren’t always the first thing we flock to when shopping for new accessories. Each season, we’re mostly drawn to the It bags, it shoes, and It jewelry. But don’t overlook the belt—the right one can be a game-changing styling tool, as seen on practically every major Fall 2022 runway. Great news then that the statement ’90s belt looks to be making a comeback, giving you an excellent way to re-style the pieces that are already hanging in your wardrobe. So, we can be fashionable and more sustainable at the same time. So, thanks BELT! 

However, if you still want to stay on top of the current trends and keep your look feeling fresh, one of the best ways to do this is by simply adding a belt to your outfit. It’s easy. And to help you to choose the right belt Florence Leather Market has selected 4  master-piece belts only for you.

A belt all Florentine

The proposal for this belt meets the needs of those looking for a timeless style and a versatile accessory for every use. Neogram is your answer to everything, with 4 different colours to choose from. A handcrafted leather belt with a removable brass buckle. Can hang elegantly or be worn tucked discreetly against the body. Designed to have an authentically antique look.

Cintura in pelle

a brown belt

If you’re in need of a refresher on how to style a belt this season, a brown belt with silver details will easily elevate those casual daytime outfits.We present you Serena, The accessory is made entirely in Italy, in the heart of Tuscany, more precisely in certified laboratories in Florence. Follow Bella Hadid’s lead and pair yours with cutoff shorts. 

Casual-chic 

Whether it’s paired with trousers for a chic return to the office, or cutoff shorts perfect for weekend escapades, adding a vintage, helps to elevate just about any winter outfit. The 35mm-long Neogram belt is classic in nature, due to the use of semi-glossy calfskin that gives it a more retrò look, but thanks to its finish and coarse buckle, Neogram stands out for its casual-chic look.

Timeless belts 

Thanks to The Florence leather market ’s classic designer belt, business casual has never looked better. Samanta is a polyhedral belt, as it can be worn both tight at the waist and just resting on the hips. make sure your closet has at least one timeless option in it. If you want to tap into the trend, but with something a little more subtle, then try sticking to one-tone and matching your outfit to your belt, as demonstrated stylishly by model Elsa Hosk.

These are just some of our models. To find out more, come and visit our online store and follow us on our social channels.