History and development of the waist bag, an always fashionable accessory.


Loved, hated, surpassed and then resurrected. The waist bag is one of those accessories that makes people talk about itself as it clearly divides its audience. There is, in fact, who finds it indispensable and decidedly cool and who, on the contrary, hates it considering it uncomfortable and aesthetically not pleasant. This bag with a curious name, however, has a history of all respect and its origin is to be traced in the early era when our ancestors, before leaving for hunting, asked their ladies to apply pockets to their belts. The goal was certainly not to be fashionable but simply to be able to carry with greater simplicity all the tools, such as knives, sticks or blades, which could be needed to hunt animals.

The origins of the waist bag

But where does the name waist bag come from? The waist bag, par excellence, is the kangaroo sac, a real container that in nature serves the marsupials to insert and carry with them their offspring.

In short, the kangaroo pouch could be defined, without any difficulty, as the first form of bag that existed in the world and the only one that exists in nature. Taking a step forward, we note that the waist bag was also present among Native Americans who used buffalo leather versions and preferred it to the traditional pockets sewn on clothes.

Even, observing what the art offers us, a waist bag is algo present in a painting of 1416 by the brothers Limbourg where it is taken a noble in the act of hiding, in his own waist bag, how furtively stolen during a banquet luculliano, in a medieval court festival. 

But that’s not all. This bag with a particular shape soon arrives in Scotland where it will be used as an elegant accessory until you reach the formal and official clothing of the Scottish clans. The latter, however, preferred, given the rigid temperatures, wear the pouches in a version embellished with thick fur.

In 1991, in Italy, near the Venoste Alps, there was the discovery, by two Austrian tourists, of a mummy accompanied by a waist bag, called then the man of the Similaun, dating back to 3300 a.c.

For us inhabitants of the “Bel Paese” marsupio was and marsupio is but over the years many others have been the names given to the famous bag: in America it was called “Fanny pack” while in England it was the “bum bag”.

The first uses of the waist bag

Like all accessories, its function, initially, was purely practical and ignored any minimal fashion accent.

In the 80s, in fact, it was used by the working class as a stock exchange for work tools. At first the waist bag was placed under the back but, after repeated episodes of thefts, it was decided to start wearing it on the front. It was, therefore, an instrument of work, which was mainly used by those who worked in the factory. 

The first person who broke this habit, deciding to use the waist bag as a simple accessory, was the famous Bruce Springsteen. That moment represents a great debut for the pouch that from the dusty factories came to be exhibited all over the world, during the crowded international concerts of the American star. 

These are the same years in which, moreover, the pouch is consecrated as an exceptional accessory of the world’s rappers. In the 90’s, however, the waist bag was noticed by the athletes who began to use it during their marathons or, even more simply, runs to the park. There are many images of boys and girls of those years who, during their sports performances, show off more and more colorful pouches.

Of the same historical period, in fact, are also the photographs that appeared on all the magazines and that had as protagonists names like Bill Clinton and Lady Diana in the company, of course, of their waist bags. After those years, however, it seemed that the “marsupial” period had fallen. The silence, in fact, fell on the waist bag for about twenty years before his unexpected return to the work of the largest fashion houses such as Chanel, Saint Laurent, Prada and Balenciaga.

The waist bag today

Today the waist bag is back in the limelight, although in small size and often worn on the chest or, if it is not long, leaning on the shoulder as taught by the fashion icons Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and ASAP Rocky but also the sisters Hadid and Kardashian. I mean, it’s official, the ’90s fanny pack is back to shine on catwalks all over the world.

The famous bag was proposed in red paint, matt leather but also black nylon with comfortable and numerous pockets without neglecting the classic sporty version in bright and bright colors until you get a more aggressive reinterpretation with flat studs and metal chains.

In short, accomplices of big brands like Louis Vuitton and Gucci, different types of waist bags have started to invade the catwalks of numerous fashion shows, immediately enjoying great success. Not only nostalgic but also very young have immediately married the combinations proposed by fashion, bringing the pouch to be one of the indisputable top fashion trends. Whether it is an extremely casual, elegant or sporty look, the fanny pack seems to always be able to find the right place, even and, above all, when you decide to play with colors or, simply, to break with a light note on an evergreen like the total black. La conferma che le mode sono come i grandi amori, possono fare dei giri immensi ma poi ritornano. Sempre.


Techniques and advantages of vegetable tanning.

Vegetable tanning is a leather manufacturing process based on the use of natural tannins, state-of-the-art machinery and, above all, a slow preservation time.

Tradition and Innovation

Vegetable tanning is an artisanal leather production system, handed down from generation to generation by combining colouring recipes with technological innovation. 

The transformation of raw hides into processed leather ready for production is a process that is carried out using wooden drums in order to give a durable and environmentally friendly material with a high quality appearance. 

For more information on the subject of tanning and its history, click here

Method and tools

Among the various types of tanning methods, vegetable tanning is the most classic and traditional one for giving the leather special characteristics such as comfort, look and versatility.

The raw materials used can be found in the form of plant extracts, fruit, wood and powders to make items that are easy to recycle thanks to the sustainable ethos behind them. 

Vegetable-tanned leather gives the accessory a unique, warm colouring that resurfaces with use and changes over time for the better. 

What are tannins?

Tannins are agents used in the tanning process, obtained in nature from flowers and tree bark. They can be found, as already mentioned, in liquid and powder form to give a touch of uniqueness to the product.

The mechanism that binds the material to the leather is totally different from chrome tanning, because in vegetable tanning the main collagen follows a hydrogen mechanism.

Processing can be subdivided into two production processes, one wet and the other dry: the first processing includes water phases, while the second includes drying and finishing phases.

The water-processing process is a work handed down by tradition when the leather was found in the river to moisten it and prepare it for polishing, depilation, liming and decalcination, fleshing and pickling. 

After that, the tanning process begins with a certain period of time inside the drum to grease it with any dyes, then dry the leather and finish it. 

Once dried, the leather only needs a few final finishing touches to soften and stretch, then it can be immediately used to make finished products.

Florence Leather Market uses the best tanning mechanisms to guarantee the product an artisanal, healthy, living and ecological appearance. 


What you wear expresses the person you are: psychology of the bag.

The way a person wears a bag reveals many characteristics of us. The bag, in fact, is not just an accessory but a way of being and a behavioral code. 

Bag sizes

Small, medium or large bag? The model you choose may indicate that you are a confident and control-loving bag, or an expansive and creative person.

Small bags tend to indicate that you are an independent person and often travel with only the bare essentials, which makes you an ambitious and confident person. 

Medium and large bags, on the other hand, indicate a person who wants to be in control of all situations, trying to carry all the essentials to be ready for any eventuality. 

The difference between the medium and large bag is purely aesthetic, as the medium sized bag looks more professional than the previous one. 

Tote Bag

Let’s start with the largest bag, the Tote Bag.

Inside this bag you can fit everything from a laptop to an umbrella to a makeup bag or snacks for snacks. 

The convenience of this type of bag is in fact, the functionality of the pockets and space it offers. 

Generally the Tote, see here an example, is carried on the shoulder. The particularity of this fit, translates as whimsy and practicality. 

Characterizing a versatile style, always focused on comfort and giving nothing to chance. 


The Bauletto, or otherwise a typical hand bag, denotes elegance, style and femininity. See here

The handbag fit serves to re-brand a decisive role of a winning woman with a strong personality. Even the mere thought that using the hand bag, allows you to walk around with only one arm available, translates as a great determination of a multitasking person. 

The cross body bag

If you use a cross body bag in your daily life, you are a super active person, perpetually on the move and well focused on comfort.

Depending on the position of the bag in relation to the body, two different behavioral attitudes are emphasized: if it falls to the front, it indicates shyness, if it falls back it is an indication of a very busy person focused on his goals. 

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A bag worn on the forearm denotes a strong desire for distinction and style, for a person of sophisticated style and slight haughtiness. 

If you see yourself in this definition, this bag may be right for you.


People who wear backpacks as a habitual accessory are very creative, good, honest and friendly people. 

The backpack represents the accessory par excellence of lightheartedness and a pinch of naivety, choose the style. See here an example. 


The reason for the relevance of Made in Italy.

How come “Made in Italy” is so renowned all over the world? What are the statistical rates on which the market is based? Read more.

  • What does a Made in Italy bag offer?

Buying a Made in Italy bag means choosing in the first place craftsmanship, study and creative design based on specific research of the best leathers and tanneries in circulation. 

Real leather, like the one offered by Florence Leather Market, is worked in the heart of Tuscany, in Florence.

Florence differs from other Italian cities for the origin and historical tradition of leather goods, which you can read about here.

Choosing a bag Made in Italy, means selecting a bag entirely designed and manufactured in Italy, with certification of the unique product, which differs from all others even in the smallest details of production. 

The excellence of genuine Tuscan leather is perceived by two of the main five senses: touch and smell. 

  • How does Made in Italy leather goods differ?

Within the production of leather handbags “Made in Italy“, you can find valuable features such as the plot of Italian style and culture.

Florence Leather Market offers a wider selection of products, based on a sober, true and always up-to-date style. The fundamental peculiarity of our bags and of the whole Tuscan production is: authenticity. 

Functionality, quality and resistance are peculiarities designed to ensure the buyer to fall in love with a good product of utility, comfort and durability over time. Genuine leather has in fact the peculiarity of acquiring more beauty with the passage of use over time. 

Handcrafted leather bags are ideal to stand out from the rest of the crowd, enhancing an evening dress and at the same time giving a fashionable look to a day outfit with jeans. 

The bags, as we have often argued, are not just an aesthetic accessory, but an element of utility essential to carry personal effects. 

  • How important is it in the marketplace?

The Italian leather industry has always had positive feedback all over the world, both in terms of development and style, and in terms of quality and economy. 

According to statistical studies, the leather industry only in 2015, has produced more than 5000 billion euros that have significantly increased the national economy, giving the opportunity to many people to learn a trade and spread the ancient skill. 

This industry in recent years has done nothing but grow thanks to its trade that has allowed it to spread, even more, the beauty and craftsmanship of Made in Italy. 

Italy is the seventh importing country in the world, and the second world exporter to most countries, among which the main ones are: France, Japan, United States, Hong-Kong and China.


All leather dyeing techniques, discover them on Florence Leather Market

Leather dyeing, origin and history

Over the years the dyeing of leather has made giant strides.Many techniques have been developed for this result, able to give different effects and completely different shades. The dyes used can be both of plant origin such as, for example, some types of timber, or chemical and artificial dyes, such as so-called aniline dyes.

Nowadays there are numerous techniques for coloring leather (the colors of fashion, discover the harmony! , click here), processes that are normally carried out in indoor environments such as tanneries.

Coloring with spraying machinery

Among the techniques for coloring leather we certainly find the dye spray, a type of coloring that is obtained by using a specialized machine composed of guns that spray color on the skins by rotating. Spray dyeing is very practical especially because it allows you to achieve a satisfactory result in a short time, and especially by minimizing the use of labor. 

Bottal colouration

The bottal dyeing is one of the most known and used. This practice involves immersing the leathers to be dyed inside containers with water and a preset color solution .Subsequently, the containers are heated until the liquid inside them does not reach the temperature of about 50 /60 degrees, operation which also takes place thanks to the circulatory movement of the container.

Pad colouring on a table or on a brush

The table-top swab dyeing technique is mainly used for leather that has been worked and tanned with alum or tannin. A convex table made of sheet copper is used to implement this procedure. On this surface, a specialized technician stretches one skin at a time, and using a brush of horsehair previously inserted in the dye, colors the skin. This procedure, of course, is one of the longest, both for the process itself and for the workforce employed.

Dyes using natural dyes

As we have already said, coloring leather is an operation that can also take place following a road of the whole, or almost, natural, using for example materials such as camping wood, a dark red material. This element is mainly produced in areas such as the Antilles and Latin America, but can also be found in Spain, in Santo Domingo, Martinique, England, Guadeloupe, Honduras and Haiti. 

In addition to this material, there are also other types of woods that can be used as natural dyes, such as sandalwood or red wood, or even stem wood, which gives the leather a reddish yellow color.

Florence Leather Market, has been working in the leather sector for years, and for the creation of its products, uses high quality materials, tanned, processed and dyed in Italy,using state-of-the-art, sustainable and environmentally friendly techniques. These features make all the accessories of Florence Leather Market impeccable, original and able to last in time.

Come and discover our collection of leather accessories, from bags, wallets, in different colors and models, you will surely find what is right for you.