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Scandicci (Florence): leather and footwear exports grow and jobs increase

It is a boom in the leather and footwear sector in Scandicci: exports grow and jobs increase

It is the first leather and footwear district in Tuscany for export growth and we would be lacking: with certain numbers, Scandicci can only stand at the top of the list of those who are appreciated in the world for quality productions.

There are 357 million euros in turnover in 2017, 4761 companies and around 15 thousand employees distributed between larger or smaller companies in the sector; the result is a 10.4% increase in exports compared to 2016.

These data emerged from the study commissioned by Banca Intesa CRF and disclosed a few days ago, which pair up with about 800 more jobs in the leather sector on the Scandaro area in 2017, registered by the Chamber of Commerce and related to 2017.

There is little to say, we are talking about an area that massively drives the economy of our city, if it is true that it is true that 85% of those enrolled in the high school of leather goods and Mita are hired shortly after their achievement of the diploma; and if Venetian companies – according to what Mayor Fallani reports – they decide to relocate here to Scandicci in order to work better.

(From InScandicci.it)

Leather Import and Export from Italy are Growing

Clearly less mediatically compared to other sectors,

the tanning industry is an excellence of Made in Italy in the world, with its mix of creativity, tradition and ability to adapt to changes in world demand.

Accomplice is a widespread willingness to invest in innovation processes, in a process that involves individual companies as well as entire supply chains developed around the districts.

On the basis of the currently available official data (which stop at the October final balance) and the trend lines, the sector should have closed 2017 with volumes of production increasing by about 3%, compared to only marginal progress in value (+ 0.7%). Values ​​closely followed by all operators in the sector, considering that Italy is worth 65% of the turnover generated in this sector throughout the European Union and 19% worldwide. The players of the Peninsula each year import about 800 thousand tons of raw or semi-finished materials, worth 2.3 billion euros in 2016, and export the tanned leather in 110 countries for a value of 3.8 billion. As for the production segments, the greatest boost comes from the sale of medium-large bovine hides, while the progress of goatskins is less supported. On the contrary, the turnover of the calves (with some recovery in the last months of the analyzed period) and of the sheep is down. Trends linked to the intended use, with the car interiors that make up a very dynamic segment, while the fashion clientele (leather goods, footwear, clothing) works like a leopard spot.

In the first ten months of 2017 Italian exports of tanned hides showed a slight increase (+ 0.7%) compared to the same period of 2016, driven above all by the good trend of sales to China (+ 6%), which arrived for a difficult two years.

After seven years of continuous increases, the US market appears to be slightly slowing (-2%) and at first sight this performance could be attributed to the strengthening of the euro against the dollar. In reality this can not be the prevailing reason, if we consider that sales to the United Kingdom have increased hand in hand (+ 6%), despite the weakening of the pound compared to the single currency. As for the euro area, exports to France are growing (+ 5%), while it is falling towards Spain (-6%) and Germany (-3%). Overall, cross-border sales account for roughly three-quarters of total sales compared to just over a third of 1992. This means that in a quarter of a century, the Italian companies have been able to deeply modify not only the products but also their own way. to stay on the market to go and intercept those markets that still have a high potential for growth. In line with the Italian tradition, production is concentrated in some territories, where over time districts have developed which, focusing on the specific weight of a few, large companies, have progressively developed the whole industry chain.

The sector has 17,600 employees and 1,200 companies, data which clearly shows that most companies are small or very small. Veneto (in particular the area around Arzignano, in the Vicenza area) is by far the best equipped region on this front with 55% of the national market, followed by

Tuscany (from Santa Croce sull’Arno, in the province of Pisa, over time a large leather district has developed) is growing with its 28.5%.

And these two territories are those that in recent times have shown to enjoy better health, while some difficulties have emerged in Campania (third with 7.6%) and Lombardy (5%). Data collected by Unic (National Union of Tanning Industry), the most important global association of industrial tanning industries. Investments abroad are not lacking, but in general they are driven by the need for companies to ensure simplified access to raw materials (which in many non-EU countries suffer from protectionist restrictions), rather than by mere productive delocalisations, motivated from a lower labor cost. Traditionally, leather processing has an artisanal connotation that goes hand in hand with the introduction of innovative technologies within the production process. The worker, his skills and experience, play an essential role in the transformation of a waste of the food industry into a valuable material. That is why, despite the high seasonal peaks and the considerable fluctuations of the market, the organizational structure of the tanneries prefers the stability of relationships (permanent contracts) as a form of protection of the knowledge acquired and increased by the worker within the company. As a consequence, the use of flexible types of contracts (fixed-term contracts and temporary contracts) is limited.

(from Repubblica.it)

 

The Different Kinds of Leather

The processing of leather is a true art that has been handed down for centuries, we know it well in Tuscany because it is from here that one of the best and largest tanning traditions in the world is born.
The skins worked by our artisans are the most popular and famous leathers and the reason is simple: centuries of tradition have created a unique experience, capable of enhancing the quality of the natural material at best. Of course, not all skins are the same. There are different types of leather, this allows Florentine artisans a great creative variety. Each bag of I Medici of Florence has its own special character, an unmistakable style. If you want to understand and recognize the quality with which the leather accessories are made, here are the types of leather usually used in pleating, but I Medici of Florence use only full grain.

Cowhide

This type is the type of leather that can be easily used to make any small leather goods and is therefore the most used leather.The typical and characteristic elements of cowhide are the smell, light but unique and the color that is initially
always clear that with the passage of time it tends to darken. The thickness of the cowhide can vary depending on the needs of use from a minimum of 0.9, very fine to coat objects to a maximum of 8 mm which makes it perfect for bags and totes. It is the one used for I Medici of Florence accessories.

Bovina

This leather is mainly used for the realization of objects that require a certain rigidity as the bags for professionals: classically briefcase or document folders, belts.
The thickness can vary from 3 to 7 mm and is available in various colors and plots, which allows a very varied use and the creation of products of great quality and design.

Leather crust

The leather crust is derived from the division into two parts along the whole section of the skin creating two sheets.
The rind is the skin on the inside, the one adhering to the meat with which objects of lower quality are made, less resistant. The “flower” is the skin on the fur side of the animal and is the most valuable.

Chamois

The chamois is one of the most precious leathers Suede leather is the result of a complex and complex work.
It is necessary to work the crust of the leather with the direct scraping, the skin is then subjected to oxidation tanning that employs fish oils and considerable physical effort. The chamois leather, specifically the suede crust, it is mainly used in the field of clothing and footwear.

 

 

 

Leather Storage and Treatment Methods Before Tanning

Are you curious to know how skin of your leather bag is treated from its removal at the time of tanning? Here are the main processes:

  •  Wet Salting: the skins are spread and stacked on top of each other between layers of salt; the brine, formed by the absorption of the moisture of the skin by the salt, penetrates into the skin, killing most of the bacteria and preserving the leather. However, not all bacteria are killed by this treatment; this leads to the formation of unsightly red spots in the skin that could lower their value. This problem can be remedied by adding naphthalene (C10H8) and salt sodium carbonate (NaHCO3 + NaCl).
  •  Brining: the skins are immersed in a saturated solution of salt and kept in continuous movement until the brine penetrates into the hides and then left to dry; this method is one of the most effective in leather preservation but sometimes inaccessible due to high costs.
  •  Chilling: the skins just removed from the carcass are frozen and transported in refrigerated wagons; the method is not commonly used because it is very expensive.
  •  Drying: the skins are placed on stones and left to dry in the sun; the non-uniformity of the stones and the impossibility to control the drying process mean that the skin can be damaged; for this reason this treatment is not widely used in modern industry.

We at the Medici in Florence we offer only products that are the result of careful research and trust in the tanneries leading the sector for decades, so our products are always safe and excellent.

Short Story of Leather Tanning

Speaking about leather there is no doubt that it is the most exclusive and elegant material created for the manufacture of bags and clothing, so, what is the history that precedes the modern use of this “must” of fashion?

Leather processing and manufacturing has very ancient origins: the earliest testimonies of rudimentary clothing created with the raw hide that primitive man derived from his hunting, the animals from the hard and dangerous prehistoric times, when man fight for his own life in each moment of the day.

First it was the use of a skin completely devoid of any treatment, that made the primitive items of clothing not lasting over time due to the natural process of decomposition to which the skin was going.

But primitive man, yes was primitive, but not stupid; he solved this problem first through drying leather, which stopped the decomposition process.

This was the firs step but not enough, in fact that made the skin stiff and difficult to work and later through rubbing with fats that could soften the dried skin. Then, the ever-increasing use of leather brings primitive man to invent and implement a new and more effective technique for processing leather and to increasingly avert the danger derived from the putrefaction of the material, the tanning technique. A first and almost unaware tanning technique consisted of immersing the material in a vegetable solution composed of water, various barks, leaves and berries that through active ingredients.

The “tannins” made the skin soft and resistant to decomposition and the improvement of this “tanning technique” meant that the skin, in Ancient Roman times, was used not only as a garment but also above all for the creation of accessories. The first true tanneries date back to the medieval age; these factories required not only a high and refined knowledge of the material but also and above all an adequate location. In fact, they arose in wooded areas rich in water and livestock in such a way as to make easily available raw materials that were used precisely in tanning. Modern tanning processes are based on the discoveries made millions of years ago by our ancestors, discoveries that

have made the leather the most modern, quality, durable, beautiful material, but with the oldest history.

 

Why Italian Vegetable Tanned Leather is the Best Leather and it is Ecological

Yes, you want to know why we are sure that Italian vegetable tanned leather is the best in leather.

First of all, how is it produced and what is vegetable tanned leather?
It is simply: after harvesting, the raw skin is processed for storage and arrives at the tanneries. The latter buy the raw material based on the quality product they want to produce, here we are talking about Italian vegetable tanned leather.
The first phase of preparation includes depilation and purification, then there is the real tanning, the most important part of the process:
Individual tannins are extracted from trees such as chestnut, mimosa or quebracho in vegetable tanning. After the skin has gone to the fattening phase, almost always and only with natural products of animal origin. Optionally the skin could be dyed in a drum, with water-based aniline dyes which are also environmentally friendly colors to be colored.

Environment love it!

Since the 1970s, restrictive laws on environmental issues have compared to respect the environment,
But, and this is the great news, in the case of Italian vegetable tanning these were almost superfluous because, as we have seen so far, only natural products are already used.
Animal used for food are those from leather come from so it is almost without environmental impact because the process is the commitment of resources.
The tannins are in fact extracted from the bark of the trees which, therefore, are not cut but cured and conserved as a true and lasting resource.

Why us and now you prefer vegetable-tanned leather? Simple is the best

The first advantage is the ability to put in contact with your body a natural, non-contaminating or harmful product. Vegetable skin, therefore, is breathable, allows water vapor and prevents the appearance of fungi.

And you can see, the style and elegance of the leather is natural, And it is not secondary that vegetable skin does not age but matures and transforms, both in color and in gloss. The plant skin does not fear rain because, once dried, it does not show stains or halos. Not even the scratches because it is possible to make them disappear almost all with a simple woolen cloth and elbow grease. We are therefore sure that you agree with us: vegetable tanned leather is an advantage for the environment and for the customers.

 

That’s why we have ONLY vegetable tanned products, products I Medici di Firenze. So stay with the environment, choose vegetable tanned leather, choose the best leather bags of I Medici in Florence!

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The Best Leather Gifts for a Man’s Graduation

A graduation gift for a man? It could be a problem! Already making any gift to a man is not so easy and imagine, and it is not so different from reality that you have to invent something original and maybe even useful for a great day like graduation is, one of the best days on man’s (and woman) life! Yet an original idea for a graduation gift to a man is a question that has been asked to us so many times so now we are ingenious and informed, ready for the quest!

Today we will see Best 3 Graduation Gift Ideas for a Man.

The best ideas that have already been successfully proposed to thousands of graduates in the past, something that is evergreen.
For every type of budget and just a click away!

1) The Wallet for Men

When it comes to men’s wallets, the best classic is the wallet for cards and banknotes, the most durable and best quality option is leather craft, with several compartments to hold cards and ATMs and the space needed to store personal documents such as identity cards and driving licenses: our Men’s wallet in classic leather is the classic model par excellence, an old-fashioned but always current portfolio, loved above all for its practicality and comfort. The detail that makes the difference and nothing is better than our I Medici of Florence Regent Wallet for a young man and his stylish new life.

2) The Leather Briefcase

The I Medici of Florence bags are the most fascinating and popular men’s bags of the moment. Completely in leather, they are distinguished by a design that has had the ability to really please all men. In particular, it is increasingly popular as a graduation gift for men, given the success that is also gaining among young people, the success for a new professional. We are sure, a Medici of Florence bag is simply a wonderful, truly luxurious gift, even if it must be recognized that it is also very personal. I Medici of Florence bags are many, but Classic Briefcase by I Medici is the best gift for a new graduate.

3) The Duffel Bag

The Duffel bag was born as icon in the surfer way of life in California, in the fifties. But was invented by ex-Navy personnel and east coast Australia.  So what is better for a graduate ready for new life, free time and travels as carrying a duffel bag that is was synonymous to being cool, it was re-discovered as a luggage, a leather luggage and it’s still cool, terrifically cool. So the I Medici Duffel leather bag is a great gift for the young and active new man.

Choose Your Men Bag: a Quick Guide

It is not new for men to invest a lot of money and a good dose of courage in deciding which bag to choose to complete the look.
Here we come to the rescue you from this impossibile mission, we have prepared a quick practical guide for those men who want the most beautiful and durable men’s bag, something that lasts over time and has the right style.

The Classic leather bag for men is the piece to start with if you have never had this type of accessory for men, a MUST. But do not be fooled by the classic word. Modern man is one of the thoughts our essential briefcase bag is perfect for any kind of occasion.

But what about a backpack? It still remain the model that probably all men at some point in their life have worn. The interpretation I Medici with its BackPack is the right compromise between class, practicality and quality.
At the contrary, If you are looking for a fashion revival, the men’s shoulder bags are an item that you find out of your grandparents or father wardrobe. A shoulder bag is not as small as a baby carrier, but it is large and practical enough to hold everything you need for traveling in the weekend or cruising around town other days. But not only that, the one-side bag has all the advantage and originality you need to be the king of style, as is our Business Grande Bag.

If, on the other hand, you want a travel bag big enough to carry a change of clothes, toiletries and perhaps all the technological and manly devices, the travel bags for men are your first choice and certainly the best. Start with this travel bag, a medium-sized travel duffel Bauletto made of full-grain calf leather completely made in Italy, so you can show off all your charm in terms of style, yes, it’s not our business, but yes…it is!
Instead of the hand bags you can opt for something more capacious and sophisticated masculine: The Medici in Florence has also thought about this, our 9300, the real Pak-n-Stak. A beautiful travel bag in brown leather to be worn strictly by hand or over the shoulder.
About bags for men, the keyword is essential: elegant, durable, to carry everything you need to a professional
Now you have some guidance on how to choose what you need, what are you waiting for? Choose Now!

Vintage Cars Leather Luggage

The Vintage charm of a vintage car and its Luggage

Certainly luggage, trave bags have done so much road. They tell ways of traveling, habits, and cultures of people, of times. So the suitcases for vintage cars, a fascinating accessory for travelers. For each type of traveler corresponds, in fact, a different type of baggage (from the French word “bagage”, that indicated the convoy, with the equipment following the army). From the finely decorated trunks, to the cardboard suitcases of the emigrants, from the saddlebags to the briefcase, from the suitcase to the trolley: so the baggage has changed over the centuries.

And with him the way we travel. The evolution of luggage allows us to reconstruct the way we traveled in the past, and above all the spirit with which we moved from one place to another. In the Middle Ages, for example, the nobles were made to build removable furniture so that it was possible to transport them from one fiefdom to another. In the 1700s there was no aristocratic family that did not undertake a journey with carriages overloaded with trunks and hat boxes.

Today the luggage is something that you can choose between many different material and design, but nothing is so perfect for vintage cars as leather travel bags are.

Our beautiful suitcase by I Medici of Florence are made entirely of genuine leather with entirely handmade manufacture, excellently finished and is the ideal item to beautify any car, especially vintage and old cars. It can be safely used to carry anything (obviously not food and drinks!) During rallies or excursions in vintage cars, because even if beautiful it is very strong and resistant. If it seems to you to be wasted on your vintage car, you can use it to transport documents or as an old-fashioned folder. The classic and retro style gives it an ancient and precious flavor that does not go unnoticed. The quality can be seen and touched by hand (eyes) here! 

 

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Best leather, How to recognize it

Buying high quality leather items is not always simple and easy as it seems if you are not choosing from I Medici in Firenze store.

Clearly you can simply choose a leather bag from us or go around and pay without worrying about the item quality, but we think that if you are looking for something special and lasting, there are some details and suggestion to follow that I Medici in Firenze could tell if you are not buying at our store (we really know you’ll never do that). 

First: take care of all the details, including wires, zips and quality of metal parts. For a quick reference here we give to you the seven elements you got to know to buy a good leather bag.

1. One shot one kill: (real) Made in Italy products
Buying items of leather  Made in Italy is the first element for quality leather items and handbags. And you will recognize them from the inside or outside printed logo: Made in Italy. Be careful the Made in Italy brand  is not enough to guarantee the best quality  but allows you be in right direction.  Then choose the named and famous Brands: as i Medici in Firenze is, a brand with a long history in quality leather production. You will need additional characteristics to find a excellent leather product, see below.

2. Carefully observe the leather
If possible examine the leather item you are about to buy, every detail, every finish, and if it is Made in Italy you will see an item of high quality, high details creation. If not passible as with ecommerce: check for the possibility of the return of the item (we got it 🙂 ). Important: the smell. You need to smell a good scent, the genuine skin the leather is a pleasure to smell, if the leather smells good this is a quality signal. No vinyl or glue accent must be present.
High quality leather is heavier than the other type of leather, that is due to its high fiber density: so the higher is, the better the quality is.

3. The ecological Vegetable treatment 
Today, the ecological aspect of a genuine leather product is necessary, the leather products with vegetal tanning treatment allows makers to have handbags made with products that are not harmful to our environment. And also do not cause irritation to those who use the leather bag. The vegetal tanned treatment is typical of the Tuscany area and I medici in Firenze sell only this kind of  green products .

4. Check all seams
After checking the material, the stitching check is passed. The handmade seam is more durable and beautiful to see than the one made by machinery, both are great but the hand made makes the product more expensive.

5. The Price and the seller
You will never see a real quality leather bag, purse, briefcase or wallet a the price of a plastic or nylon bag because the price of the material is very different so, after checking the previous points be careful to price. Understand us: you don’t have to pay thousand  of euros for a quality bag but it if very, very difficult that some one decide to sell you quality product at super discount price, if price seems unbelievable probably… it is (or the items is not good as they told you). So be careful. And last but not least: the place where you buy. You have to feel  free to choose, to refuse, to came back. Buy products in place where you know they produce the leather items, buy form well known resellers.

To conclude, if you want to buy a quality leather bag you can do two things: do your tests and take your risks and go crazy buying from other sellers or more simply choosing from  wonderful leather bags offered by  I Medici in Firenze, 100% high quality Italian products.

Real Leather: A Few Tips to Preserve your Bags

 

Dear  Women, our purses are probably the most loved and used accessories and often we also spend a lot of money buying them. This is why it is essential to know how to keep your bags tidy and clean by intervening in the correct way in case of problems

Especially if made in real leather or calfskin, the bag is certainly the number one accessory for women, a bag is used in every circumstance, during the day or for the evening. And using the leather bags unfortunately it could happens to damage it. So, in order to preserve it to use it over time, it is necessary to dedicate particular care and attention to this beautiful material.

Here are some simple and quick tips to keep your leather bags magnificent for a long:

SCRATCHES – For any scratches it is possible to use the rubber or magic sponge available in all the supermarkets, which is normally used to remove stains from the walls, that often solve little problems of day by day use.

SUEDE – If the stain concerns a suede bag, to keep it in a good state of preservation, it is possible to use of special sprays normally sold by shoemakers, while to eliminate dirt you can use a specific or a wet sponge.

CALFSKIN – To take care of a magnificent leather bag and restore shine and softness: it is possible to use a cotton fiock soaked in facial cleansing milk and, subsequently, shine with a cream that is neutral.

REAL LEATHER – To clean the genuine leather bag you must avoid aggressive products that could worsen the situation.
Here is what you need to do: rub it gently with a cotton fioc or a soft cloth soaked in facial cleansing milk, but without spreading it on the bag directly but only on the cotton fioc; alternatively, cow’s milk can be used with the same procedure.

Remember, above all, that regardless of the material it is a good rule to avoid immersing your bag in water (we know, you are not crazy 🙂 ), and of course never put it in the washing machine! Finally, when you decide to put it away at the end of the season, store it in a cloth bag along with some sugar cubes, at the moment you will need it your bag will be still perfect as new.

Handmade Italian leather bags, why to choose it!

“As the time goes the leather bag lives” (G. Bedarida, I Medici in Firenze founder),

That is a simple truth that tells about leather items durability and their fashion during the time.

We are women, we love the bags, but, whether you are women or men, you know that bags, leather bags, are one of the essential elements of fashion in any wardrobe and time. The bags, after the shoes (but some women say even before) are one of the most important items, it is not just a question of aesthetics to choose one appropriate to our clothes but also a question of functionality as they will transport your effects personal and, from this, must ensure comfort as also it compose your personal style.

A beautiful bag goes over the time to wear but also to changes in fashion and surely in this category are the leather bags … able to survive any style and any fashion revolution. Leather bags, due to their qualities are designed specifically to last, just think of the quality of the materials they are made with, the perfection of craftsmanship and their design, in which time and creativity are committed to create a product capable of beating fashions, times and all the looks. Finally, it’s a simple but not so clear to all (especially men 😉 ) that the bags, I Medici in Firenze bags) are able to bring a distinctive touch to the person who wears them and give to our personality a particular fashion style. Can you believe me that a bag is the so called icing on the cake.

Think about it, immagine it in your mind, how many time you immagine how to give a nice touch to your look? Here is the reply: handcrafted leather bags are perfect for upgrade your look, they are able to bring a touch of glamor to simple denim look or a too much serious and professional outfit. It could be said that they are the salt that gives flavor to the menu of our style. When the bags with which we accompany are well chosen, they end up becoming an extension of ourselves and, therefore, no longer simple ornaments to carry keys, cards, wallets and other personal objects.

For all these reasons, but we are sure fr 1000 personal other that every woman (and man) got, choosing leather bags, craft bags is not a simple way to spend money but a great touch for look and personality, a way of live and also……cuddles for our souls!

Holidays, how to choose your luggage, a few best tips

A dreamed Holiday in Tuscany, now is your time, time to discover food and Made in Italy products, high quality and food pleasure so you really need a travel bag or a suitcase.

That is clear: everyone loves to go on vacation and things to evaluate are many. Are you are traveling by plane?  So you have to meet a certain weight (around 15 kg) and the same is true for the size, otherwise you will be charged for each extra Money!

But real problem is ….. not just prepare the items but also which suitcase or bag to choose?!
I Medici in Firenze have know how to advise you. You should know that there are many types of suitcases: rigid, soft and semirigid, large, medium and small, of different materials (plastic, cloth, carbon, leather) of different colors and wheight.

Choosing the type of suitcase depends on what travel you want to do: What do you use to  traveling? Is it a weekend on the wine route or in the Chianti, is it a nice trip to Tuscany cities like Siena, Livorno, Florence ,Pisa? And the the purpose? Is it Adventure, business holiday? is It a relaxing tour of Uffizi or Museums?

A rigid suitcase is the best for Plane traveling. It is shock resistant, bulky, wide, waterproof the suitcase is for you: robust, for a long trip in an airplane; as you know that luggage are not handled with care. Semi-rigid and soft suitcases are perfect for traveling by train or car, when space is limited and therefore need to be adapted to the best. Yes, they are used also in the air, but we recommend to safe them with the cellophane at the airport to prevent opening and robbery.

Finally, if  you came back from Tuscany and you have not bought a leather bag, you can not miss the possibility to receive it at home directly, by choosing one of our I Medici travel bags (IM9300 or IM9100 for example), it will be your best travel companion.