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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. 

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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.

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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.


Shades of leathers

The trendy colors for the next season


For the fall/winter 2021, Florence Leather Market has paid particular attention to trends, in order to create attractive models and in line with the tastes of the seasons.

Quality, elegance and details were the keywords for the development of the new models, which were certainly made following a careful study for the selection of colors.


When it comes to trends, you can certainly not exclude colors. The latter are an important and not negligible detail.

When you buy a product, both for necessity and aesthetics, the color is perhaps one of the first things that jumps to the eye. The colors selected by Florence Leather Market for the new collections have been chosen with care after careful analysis of past trends and based on the tastes of buyers.

Whether you are buying a bag, a clutch, a wallet or a briefcase, the main colors for fall/winter 2021 are certainly blue, orange, red, lilac, military green, but also gray and black.

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These shades are very different from each other. You can then choose bright and flashy colors, but also sober and refined. The choice according to your needs and tastes is certainly not limited, and when it comes to leather, the options are really endless.


Leather goods made in Italy is certainly one of the many qualities that stand out, and among the novelties that Florence Leather Market has to offer, you can notice a wide range of colors, often flanked by more or less articulated forms.

Linda, the handmade bag made from braids, is one of the latest models most appreciated for its design and sophistication. In 100% calfskin, this handbag is available in six colors. The first, sober and elegant, is just the black. Perfect for important evenings, this color gives style and finesse. In line with the latest trends we then find orange and yellow, bright and cheerful tones; the perfect first for the day and the second for the evening.

Even lilac, gray and red are not lacking in the list, in perfect line with the latest trends.

The Tote Isla is a hand bag with quilt effect.

Soft and refined, its size allows you to carry many things with you. Perfect for work, the bag can be used on different occasions of the day, especially during the day. Present in six colors, the most popular is certainly the gray, able to confer sobriety. Suitable for the office and the most elegant personalities, this bag has a fresh and innovative charm, while retaining elegance.

Other colors are beige, light turtledove and black. For those who want something more appealing, the colors available are certainly leather and light red.

A profoundly different model is definitely Harper. A refined backpack but still functional.It is one of the most popular pieces among the latest collections because of its cutting-edge design. Also available in six colors, it has warm tones such as mustard, leather and light red, perfect for the day and informal occasions.


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How to wear leather belts short driving

Usually you tend to consider the belt an accessory simply functional and not glamorous. Actually the belt can be an essential element to give an original touch to your outfit.

To match the belt to a look there are no real rules to follow, but we can give you some advice so that this accessory goes to beautify your look and not to make it worse. 

First essential tip, the belt must always be combined with shoes.And here comes the dilemma, you first choose the shoes or the belt? Normally it is always good to match the shoes to your outfit and choose the belt accordingly.

Usually, however, it is indicated to choose a belt of the same color as the shoes. cintura in pelle marrone

In addition to the color to match it is important that the style of shoes and belt is the same. Even leather belts can be of different styles, in fact if the accessory in question is smooth and characterized by a simple and linear buckle we are talking about an elegant and refined belt. On the contrary, if the belt has various designs or decorations and the buckle is more conspicuous, the accessory will be casual and sporty.

The height of the buckle

The height of the belt gives us a precise indication, that is if a belt is elegant or a belt is more casual. 

The high one will be more sporty and informal, while the lower one will be ideal for elegant and refined outfits.

Usually the leather belts most suitable for ceremonies or elegant occasions are distinguished by a smaller and thinner buckle. The best are definitely the square ones, especially because the belts with round buckles as well as appearing more casual tend to consume more leather. 

The length of the belt

No one ever pays too much attention but the length of the belt is a factor to consider when you go to buy it. Etiquette imposes as an essential rule that the leather belt is worn to the third hole. This rule means that depending on the physicality the belt exceeds or does not exceed. For this reason it is always good to check that this tail of the belt is not longer than about 8-10 cm. It is very easy to wrong size when you go to buy a belt and for this you need to try it, and in case it is excessively long, many brands today give the opportunity to cut the excess to make it harmonious and refined.

When it comes to real leather

To recognize a real leather from a fake, first pay attention to the smell. In fact, the belt of real leather will have a particular smell that will keep even after years, while the fake one will have no smell.

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Another test you can do to understand if your belt is really leather will wet it. A drop of water will suffice on your belt, if the material will absorb the liquid means that it is real leather.

Florence Leather Market produces genuine leather accessories specially chosen by our expert technicians to create unique, original and long-lasting creations. 


All leather coloring techniques


When you buy a belt, wallet, bag or other leather accessory it is very important to check not only the presence of the logo made in Italy, but also the overall quality of the manufacture and the way it was finished.In this regard it should be remembered that over time the techniques concerning the colouring of hides have undergone profound transformations. The new methods are carried out by expert craftsmen in tanneries and ensure durability over time. Here are the most popular systems that are performed with colors of natural or synthetic origin.

Spray and barrel dyeing

The leather can take on various colors thanks to the use of a machine equipped with revolving guns that dispense the dye on the accessory.  In this case, we speak of spray painting, much appreciated by companies specialized in the production of leather objects because it allows to obtain impeccable results in a short time, while at the same time reducing the use of labor. Different is the bottal technique, which involves the immersion of the leather accessory inside containers that rotate and contain a solution based on water and color. The container is then heated up so that the liquid inside can reach a temperature of about 60 º C so that it can be distributed evenly on the artifact.

Tampon dyeing on the table

The coloring techniques made in Italy also include the buffering, otherwise known as a brush, which is most often applied in case of leather that is tanned with tanning or alum. To perform this type of procedure it is necessary to have a table with a convex top made of copper. The leather accessory is then placed on the top and carefully colored by the expert craftsman, thanks to the use of a hair brush that is previously immersed in the dye.

This technique, unlike spray and barrel dyeing, requires longer times, in addition to the use of highly skilled labour.

Skin dyeing with the use of natural dyes

A briefcase, bag or shoulder bag, as well as many other leather objects, today are often colored with colors of natural origin, especially derived from camping. It is a wood tending to dark red, quite common in South America, but also in other countries such as England and Spain.

The characteristics of this wood are to be found in its active principles that, as much as extracted and left to rest for the necessary time, form hematine, or crystals with a characteristic light yellow color. When this substance is combined with metallic oxides it generates different shades, which can be tending to dark blue, as well as black and red.

However, the leather is not only dyed with camping, but also with other woods that contain extracts. The sandal, for example, is used to give the artifact an intense red color, while the wood of fustello gives a yellow tint.

Other natural colours used for leather good

Natural colors are not only those that come from wood, but also include special lacquers called tannic, which are mostly used to color the bottom of the leather accessory. This kind of lacquer is obtained by extracting the tannins that are present in plants. More specifically, the somacco plant is mainly utilized, very versatile because it offers various salts, such as those of aluminium, lead and antimony which give respectively a green, hazel and yellow colouration. This plant even allows the leather purple, brown yellow and black, because it also contains salts of titanium, copper and iron.

Artificial dyes for skin coloring

In recent years, artificial or synthetic colors have also taken hold to color the leather. Compared to natural ones they offer great advantages because they allow you to complete the processing in a very fast time. These shades are also particularly intense and durable over time.

Called aniline, these non-natural colors can be acidic or basic. In the first case they are more suitable for producing leather objects tanned with chrome. Basic colours, on the other hand, are used on tannin tanned leather goods, that is vegetable.

Made in Italy leather goods quality

In the light of what has been explained, it is well understood that the colouring of leathers is a fairly complex and demanding operation, which can only be carried out by artisans who have acquired a certain competence. Otherwise the results that are obtained can not be resistant, up to expectations and above all to perfection. That’s why when buying leather accessories it is important to rely on serious retailers, highly specialized in leather and leather processing.

The manufacture of Florence Leather Market stands out and is designed to resist the continuous change of trends. Thanks to the wide range of leather accessories, available in different colors and models, it will be easy to find what you can do to your case.



The history of Italian leather goods, origins and development


Made in Italy is synonymous with safety and quality all over the world and leather goods is one of the sectors where it excels most. Leather bags, suitcases, gloves and accessories are synonymous with tradition and exclusivity of our manufacturing industry.

Italy is leader not only in the production of leather, but also in the production of final products of high value.

How the leather goods sector was born

Since prehistoric times man has used the skins of animals hunted to cover, but given the biological nature of the medium it tended to decompose and rot in a short time. First with the drying and then with real chemical processes born from the repetition and experimentation, the tanning process was born that has developed until today with the introduction of safer and more sophisticated methods.

The first steps towards the development of a chemical-physical process that improved the quality, durability and resistance of the skin happened almost by chance, noting how drying and smoking lengthened the life of the skin immediately after removing it from the animal. 

As a result of this it remained hard and dry, they thought to add animal and vegetable fats to soften it and make it moldable.

The search for more and more effective methods to combat its putrefaction led to the development of the first real method of vegetable tanning, which consisted in immersing the leather in large tanks full of water, bark, leaves, berries. The earliest written sources of these tanning methods date back to the thirteenth century BC and, although there were developments in the techniques used, artisans and skins continued to use very similar methods until the late nineteenth century, working in small workshops with a mostly artisanal process

The birth of chrome tanning, whose patent dates back to 1910, was an important watershed, bringing production to an industrial level. The use of trivalent chromium allows the same process to be carried out for any type of leather, effectively automating all processes.

Currently all the treatment of the leather is carried out inside of great companies that can bear the costs for the realization of the complex passages that compose it, but keeping the prices as low as possible.

In Italy the tanneries are distributed in industrial districts, between which stand out the District of the Leather of Santa Croce sull’Arno, the District of the skin in Veneto, the Campania District and Lombardy. The tanning industry exports 73% of its production abroad and, qualitatively speaking, is valued as the most valid in the world.

Leather goods in Italy

Over the years, Italy has always maintained its status as the best producer of leather products. Whether it is the raw material or the finished product, the tanning and manufacturing tradition of our country has no equal in this sector.

Initially, leather garments and accessories were used as the only source of protection against the cold, but over time, given the durable and comfortable nature, leather was also used in the military for the construction of armor.

Around the twelfth century the production became such as to allow the realization of fine clothing, which sparked a great demand from the highest social classes. The new trade routes led to the spread of knowledge between different cultures and the tanning gradually became more effective and diversified. In 1200 in Florence was established the Guild of Cuoiai and Galinai, which in addition to bringing together all the artisans involved in the processing of leather, forced them to submit to regimes such as to ensure an excellent production quality.

From an element dedicated only to the highest social strata, already in the sixteenth century it became a material of common use for the realization of accessories. In a short time comfort and practicality then gave way to luxury and elegance, combining common use with the search for aesthetic beauty.

The term leather goods was born in 1835 following the realization of the first portfolio and from here the industry began its real expansion. Florence, the largest Italian district, as well as the entire area crossed by the Arno, had the opportunity to develop up to the current levels thanks to the presence of river waters. Finally, in the twentieth century, what is now the leather manufacturing sector was reached, with the development of the latest technologies and the creation of the various districts that characterize Italian industrial production.

The presence of these large production centres, combined with the expertise of craftsmen and designers, has made leather goods one of the most appreciated and recognized sectors in the world. Its millennia of history and development have led to the treatment of waste arising from farming to become a true art form that gives work to 1200 companies and represents about 22% of the world’s tanning production.

The artisans who work every day with the leather, to realize the final products from the highest quality, are among the main responsible for the great success that the Italian manufacture has all over the world. The skilful workmanship and the great attention to detail employed by our professionals is a source of pride and recognition of a tradition always in search of excellence.