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.


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.


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.


Pink pouch on black dress and sunglasses with the words "short history of the pouch"

The pouch, history of a centuries-old accessory


When talking about pouch, it immediately comes to mind that a particular accessory has grown in popularity especially in recent years. Suitable for sports environments and extremely practical, the pouch has gradually become an increasingly accurate accessory and also suitable for casual situations.

What perhaps not everyone knows, is that the pouch is a product of centuries, and that Florence Leather Market has been able to carefully revisit to propose it to modern customers.

The origins

The oldest version of what were the first pouches dates back to the time of homo sapiens, where a bag was applied to a rope. Over the years the practicality of this element has been rediscovered in the years of war.

Now as already mentioned this product is back in vogue, and although few people would think to wear it outside of sports contexts and outdoor trips, the pouch is actually still today a great ally for those who do not want to give up comfort and appear in the latest fashion.

The pouches of Florence Leather Market are iconic and fashionable leather products and made by skilled hands of skilled artisans.

Fibbia di borsa in pelle marrone scuro

Made in Italy and absolutely high quality, their design and their characteristics can vary deeply, to better adapt to the needs of each buyer

The characteristics

Although the models may be different, some of the main features found in each pouch can still be identified. It certainly starts from the bag, the real “body” of the pouch, which can contain objects and in turn accommodate other pockets, both internal and external. Another fundamental feature is certainly the presence of zip. A real pouch can have buttons, but it wouldn’t be a complete and practical model without the presence of comfortable zippers. Last fundamental point, but certainly not for importance, is the buckle. Both in fabric and leather, the adjustable buckle makes the pouch such.

The models proposed by Florence Leather Market clearly have many different details and finishes, but a common line that is repeated in each of them.


For the realization of the pouches, have been chosen of the practical and comfortable designs, as well as attractive and innovative. Among the most requested ones we must certainly mention the pouches for men in real calfskin. Available in five different colors, this model has sober shades such as dark brown, brown and black, and other more flamboyant and lively colors such as orange and red. Characterized by a textile shoulder strap to wear on the shoulder and multiple external zippers, this simple and practical model represents the modern style accompanied by tradition (which is called by the symbol of the metallic lily at the top). The interior, fully lined with fabric, hasPerfect for men who are always on the move and need comfort in two pockets, one with and the other without zip. Perfetto per gli uomini sempre in movimento e che necessitano di comfort.

Come and discover all our baby carrier models on our online shop


Bags and personalities

What does a bag model say about your personality?


Leather is a frequently used material for manufacturing fashion accessories. Not infrequently however, what you buy has a poor quality, and both aesthetically and functionally you end up having a poor product.

Florence Leather Market is one of the leaders in the leather industry. Every product, absolutely luxury, is able to guarantee a quality that many other brands do not possess. In fact, these are handmade models 100% Made in Italy.


Leather bags are certainly one of the most popular accessories when it comes to leather. The choice in this case is really wide, both for the models, and for the specific characteristics.

Genuine leather bags are suitable for any occasion, and include: travel bags, clutch bags, messenger, shoulder bags and much more.


Born in France in 1700, this small leather handbag was often used by women of the time. Today recognized globally, this model enjoys a popularity not indifferent. The refined sewing techniques are such as to make the wearer, a person with a careful and careful look. Treated with completely natural procedures, clutches offer a practical choice for those who need an accessory. Small size and suitable for evenings out.


So called because previously used by postmen, these models are widely recognized for their practicality. Thanks to its remarkable size, the bag can be used to hold many objects, and above all to be taken to workplaces.

The messenger that Florence Leather Market realizes stand out for their production 100% hand and for their resistance. Equipped with various pockets, these models can contain everything you want.

Perfect especially for informal occasions, among the most popular models we find Freestyle, genuine calfskin bag available in six colors. Equipped with two buckles and zipper, this model offers liveliness and comfort to those who wear it.

The Mirko MM is another very popular model for its careful finishing and its silver details. Also made of calfskin, inside has two pockets to hold pen and cell phone. 


The handbags category is one of the most appreciated by women, especially because of its practicality but also for its beauty at an aesthetic level. Owning one means in fact being able to lead a life that may be hectic, without sacrificing comfort and the need to bring many objects with you. The capacity of these bags is not to be underestimated.

borsa in pelle a tracolla

The model Giulia GM, is a business bag in calfskin Soffiano, very capacious. Characterized by a rigid structure, the bag has two handles and a removable shoulder strap as well as adjustable. Produced 100% by hand in Florentine laboratories, this model gives elegance and an extra touch to the wearer.


The category of travel bags is absolutely not to be forgotten. The models are many, and are distinguished by their comfort and certainly for their capacity.

Fortunato is the high-quality travel bag made with a combination of semi-soft and semi-rigid leather. Also made in Florence, thanks to its large size can contain many objects, making it a perfect travel bag. Equipped with handles and removable shoulder strap, it can be easily carried by hand or on the shoulder.



All the news about the bags for the season Fall/Winter 2021/2022


When we talk about leather bags we refer to an accessory for both men and women made with quality materials. In this article today we will talk about Florence Leather Market.

Quality, elegance and details

Each bag made by Florence Leather Market is very elegant, and is made entirely by hand and with care even in the smallest details. In addition, our creations, being made with quality materials and excellence, continue over time without showing signs of wear.  

But now we come to us and we go to see what will be the bags that will trend in the next season. 

Like every Florence Leather Market collection, even the winter collection 2021/2022 is full of details, original details as well as unusual shapes and colors. Let’s discover together the most popular models of the collection. Let’s discover together the most popular models of the collection.

  • Shoulder bag: the shoulder bag is the kind of bag that never goes wrong. It is the ideal bag that every woman must have inside the closet and that can be worn on any occasion. The shoulder bag of Florence Leather Market is full of details. As already said, this type of bag can be worn on any occasion, from the aperitif with friends to the classic business appointment, in short, an accessory that adapts in any situation. Obviously, the shoulder bags of the winter collection are made with darker shades, soft and with precious details.Among the shoulder bags that you can find on the site we have the Vala bag, available in various colors, with internal compartment and zip on the back; or the Dalida shoulder bag, also made in various colors and genuine calfskin. Borsa marrone in pelle con manici lunghi
  • Shopping bag: the shopping bag is one of the most practical and comfortable bags in all collections, as this model is characterized by larger sizes and darker colors. Even this type of bag is characterized by special details and the shoulder strap, ideal for those women who do not like to wear the bag by hand. Among the most sold shopping bags on the site we have the Eloisa, a real bag with a capital B, made of saffiano leather and available in various colors such as beige, red, yellow, black and white. Even the Fabrizia bag is one of the best shopping bags, made of real leather and with round wooden handles.
  • The clutch: compared to the shoulder bag or the shopping bag, the clutch is small and definitely suitable for the most elegant evenings. 

The only detail compared to the other bags is the closure as it is strictly snap.

On the online site Florence Leather Market you can find a wide range of bags, in different shapes and colors. Come take a look!