Tuscany is an extremely picturesque Italian region that has become the place of origin not only for artistic and literary art, but also for leather craft, which was passed on from generation to generation and developed intensively in the Florence region. For many centuries, local leather crafters has been developing their own unique tanning technologies and secrets of crafting unique bags, belts, and shoes.
Tuscan leather products are characterized by using extremely expensive leather, which is tanned with natural substances. This leather processing method was called “vegetable tanning”. For vegetable tanning, abundant natural substances are widely used, such as tannin that can be found in bark of such trees as birch and oak. Hides are soaked in these substances for a long time and transform into high-quality leather, which is used to create unique high fashion items. Tannin imparts leather products such unique characteristics as warm shades, which lasts for many years and makes the goods look elegant and a bit aristocratic.
One of the brands that uses the classical traditional Florentine technologies to keep up with the times by creating exquisite high-quality accessories with up-to-date design is Cuoieria Fiorentina (The name can be translated as “The Florentine tanner's workshop”).
It wasn't that long ago that this Tuscan company, which specializes in producing accessories for young and dynamic people, was founded. About 40 years ago, a leather crafter Tiziano Menini and his wife Luciana opened a small craft workshop. The spouses did their job with love and creativity, thus, gradually becoming a large company that broke into the global market.
When Tiziano's brother Fabio joined the company in 1994, the brand's collections became more multipurpose and contemporary, and the applied leather colours, produced strictly according to the old technologies of vegetable tanning, became the hallmark of the Cuoieria Fiorentina brand products.
Stylists of the Italian brand Сuoieria Fiorentina create various bag lines featuring the unique design. Each line from the others in style and character.
For example, Mimì line is elegant and romantic, created for fashionmongers who want to impart their look a bit of femininity without giving up comfortable things.
This collection includes bag models that can be carried in hand, as well as shoppers, shoulder bags and clutches with a compact design. Thanks to their details, the bags look impressive. For example, such details as woven handles and patented leather with embossment and glazy pattern. To obtain this effect, a craftsman has to complete thirteen stages of leather processing. The offered colour palette ranges from natural soft shades - ocher, beige, and brown - to bright ones - dark red and sky blue.
Bourbon is an extremely uncommon line of men's bags, designed for a dynamic, non-conformist man; it is made in vintage style featuring the up-to-date design: of natural leather using vegetable tanning with a délavé effect.
The collection includes backpacks, business bags of various sizes suitable for any occasion. The material shades are classical - brown, dark brown, black, and dark natural green.
For men and women, who prefer modern style, elegance and functionality, the brand offers Class collection. This is a bag line for work and business that feature an austere casual look. The collection models feature minimalistic design, are suitable for any outfit and made of textural sole coloured leather in grey, black or blue shades.
Another interesting line of Cuoieria Fiorentina bags and briefcases is called Action. It is made of buffalo leather with an attractive polished effect that makes it look expensive. This collection is designed for those who prefer classical style that is always in trend, despite ever-changing fashion and time.