Category: Leather World

What is bag for a woman? Her life!


The bag for a woman is as an ID Card, where You can find a diary where, in random order, she notes dreams, pains and hopes between an aperitif with her friends and the withdrawal of the shirts in the dry cleaners. In a woman’s bag you can find sunglasses to cover the signs of a night of love passed in the arms of her man or to hide eyes that are swollen with tears. You can find the phone casket of treasures, memories and messages.

In a woman’s bag you can find the keys to her love nest, jealously guarded for fear of losing them again. You can find rubber bands and hairpins, hidden on the bottom, like a magical and secret place. In a woman’s bag you can find the wallet, which tells who she is and who she was, that keeps photos of those she loves and the money she earned with hard work, love and dedication. In a woman’s bag there are secrets, years passed and years to come, there are loves, bitter tears and laughter with friends.

It will always be too small to contain the world that she is, and too big to quickly find keys and cell phone. A woman’s bag is a whole universe that somehow tells where she comes from and where she goes. This is why it is so important to have a special bag, if you have to buy it for yourself or as a gift. Because, however small compared to our ego, it knows how to contain the survival kit for day by day life, whether it is true or psychological …and please remember: never rummage on it if it is not your one!

(fromhttp://www.ilgiornale.it/news/life/borsa-donna-1409007.html)

Your Leather Bag…as a Lover

An Italian leather bag as a gift for every occasion, name day, birthday, Christmas is always a welcome surprise!

The reasons are endless:

every woman wants a leather bag, always. And there is no need to guess the size, it is not (so) cumbersome and represents at the same time something useful and fanciful.

Leather bags are a gift that goes well not only for every occasion, but that is good for all women: for those who want to give a bag to a friend, girlfriend, wife or mother. In our web shop there is never a lack of women’s bags of the most varied models: practical, beautiful, elegant or sporty.

A tip: when you can …. take advantage of the sales, but if for you the bag is a matter of instinct … then choose it as you would choose a lover, on impulse. Because bags are like husbands: before choosing one we think about it a lot but the thrill of the lover … is unique!

Our Italian Leather Men’s Handbag


The Shoulder Bag

It is a spacious shopper bag very simple and elegant, the real solution for women that live a life at the top. It can be used everywhere: beach, work or free time! The shoulder bag is comfort wear even when the bag is loaded with women’s or kids’s (!) stuff. The wide bag with all the space you need!


The Hand Bag

Hand bag is small but it’s big enough. Think about this for a second. Think about the stuff that you want to have on you every day and then add a little more space, but only a little, just in case you need to throw one more thing when the situation demands it unexpected. Now, pay attention, this size of the handbag is right proportionate to body so you agree with us, the handbag is the party companion.


The Duffel Leather Bag

Any traveling person needs a holdall for those weekend jaunts and long weekends or three-day business trips. And you need at least one; or only one, if it is quality leather made, Italian style look. Big, bulky luggage has transformed into sleek, stylish holdalls for each occasion. The design is inspired by the duffel bag, yes,  but in leather,  they are now more refined appearance attribute a classic look to this practical  and useful tote.


The Briefcase

Briefcases are probably the first and oldest form of professional handbags. Naturally today briefcases, however, changed  to a great deal since the days of our grandfather’s sharp-cornered case. They were so boxed and hard. From them the only traditional element still present in the modern briefcase is the shape. Now materials, details, buckles, leather exterior, and practical interior compartments help make this bag a news and modern version but also a timeless addition to any working-man’s wardrobe.


The Messenger

This bag was created inspiring by the bags traditionally carried throughout history by — guess who? — messengers naturally. It was a bag originally made from canvas and swung across the shoulder, now messenger bags have taken on a whole new meaning in today and a new look. Look around you, hipsters and professional like to go out with modern leather bags, the backpack messenger’s laid-back style will always have a classic casual flair, but today’s leather messenger tote also tell about a hint of uptown sophistication.

Vegetable Tanned Italian Leather Back in Tokyo

A day dedicated to vegetable skin and its natural color change on November 15th 2018 was a great event: the Italian Genuine Vegetable-Tanned Leather Consortium organized at the Italian Institute of Culture in Tokyo.

There were over than 300 sector operators, the event “Il color of time, the color of art “. In the Exhibition Hall of the Italian Cultural Institute, for the entire day, the exhibition “The color of time, the color of art”, a mix of products from Tuscan tanneries associated with the Consortium, creations made by students, was opened to the public. international participants in the “Craft The Leather” International Design Competition organized by the Consortium and works of art made by contemporary Tuscan artists: Romano Masoni, Gianmarco Passerini, Maria Grazia Morini, Luca Macchi, Karl-Heinz Hartmann-Oels, Giuseppe Lambertucci, Riccardo Luchini, Antonio Bobò. Source: Real Vegetable Tanned Leather Consortium

The Consortium’s annual event this year focused on one of the most distinctive features of vegetable skin: the slow and natural color change. To introduce the day Paolo Quagli, Board Member, who told the activities of the Consortium and its new headquarters, Casaconcia, as well as presenting the latest news regarding the restyling of the Warranty Card, or the instrument that certifies the quality, the origin and tradition of leather made by the 22 associated tanneries. To enter into the specific topic of the seminar was Dr. Gustavo Adrián Defeo, expert in analytical chemistry and color physics, starting from a historical narration of vegetable tanning and finally arriving at the analysis of the study conducted by the Ars Tinctoria Laboratory of Santa Croce sull’Arno about the evolution of skin color to vegetable over time. A study that has shown that the color inevitably changes and acquires warmer tones even in cold colors and intensifies for a long time until you get to the characteristic tannin color. In conclusion, Simone Remi, President of the Consortium, introduced the concept of color in art, then went on to talk about Tuscan artisans and their concept of art. Speaking of these themes, we talked about the activities of Casaconcia, defined as an “exhibition center where art, artists and artisans cross each other, with exhibitions of graphics, sculpture, photography and painting, wanting to show themselves and tell their experiences”.

How To: dry a Leather Bag

Yes, you really hope it doesn’t happen but…. it rains, may occur accidents or other situations that lead to the presence of water on the accessory so: how to dry a leather bag, a few steps without damaging the material.

Nightmare: the wet leather bag! No prob Bro, we have remedies!
It’s a classic: when you forget the umbrella, or when the predictions are wrong (yes, often!), or when the children get bored, they can really cause damage, like spills in the precious leather bag. A bag of wet skin is a problem, because it is a material that absorbs and can therefore present swelling. First of all, do not panic, but intervene immediately.

Miracles could not be done, unfortunately, if bag is damaged nothing can be done, except if  an artisan performs a drastic intervention to replace the swollen skin. If you want quality leather accessories, I Medici in Firenze bags are the best solution, also for quality and price. But how to dry this garment if not damaged but wet is a risk that can compromise the quality?

Do it immediately: dab the wet bag, simple, obvious!

But how? The first step to do is to use a soft, dry cotton or flannel cloth, dab gently and without rubbing. In doing so, the moisture is absorbed and removed, but warning: rubbing may scratch the surface! It is better then to dry everything in a natural way and outside. If it is possible, the open air is a real cure, but it should not be exposed to direct sunlight, because heat can ruin and lighten the color of leather and leather in general and degrades the fibers. So, better to find a place in the shade and maybe with a little fresh breeze. But it is better not to dry it completely, to complete the routine better. It is forbidden, I repeat forbidden, to dry the bag with the hairdryer. Naturally it is also forbidden putting it on the radiator, or near an electric heater. Any source of heat can cause damage, above all it can leave unpleasant clear spots or unsightly spots.

How to preserve the leather bag from the wet
Once the excess moisture has been removed, the accessory must be gently activated, focusing on the areas that have been wet a lot. There are mixtures of nourishing oil, balsam for skin, or specific products, which are applied by massaging them and letting them dry for several hours. The purpose is to nourish the skin, but also to reintegrate the protection that the wet washed away. It is also for this reason that, for the normal cleaning of the leather bag, aggressive detergents should not be used, or worse, washed with neutral shampoo.

If you are short of oils or protective products, sodium bicarbonate powder, talc or corn starch applied to the whole accessory and made to act for a whole night, will take the place. The next day it will become a yellowish powder that must be removed with a dry cloth. When the bag is completely dry, you can apply a linseed oil that will help to restore the gloss to the accessory and strengthen the structure.

Final secret to prevent wet problems on leather bags is…..to play in advance:

  • buy high quality products (as Italian leather bags usually are and our I Medici in Firenze really are)
  • buy a waterproof product in a specific skin spray, so you do not have to perform all these operations. They protect from water in a preventive manner and the bag will not be ruined.
  • Or use a beeswax cream is a natural solution that is very effective in waterproofing this material, as well as nourishing it. The bag will look like new.

How Leather Wallets Born

The production of leather goods requires love, skilled hands…. and passion!

You need all those elements combined also with the use of a raw material of the best possible quality as only vegetable tanned leather  Made in Italy could be.

Making a leather wallet, a bag, is like cooking a good food, in which the all the ingredients must be used correctly and perfectly by qualified personnel with decades of experience as I Medici in Firenze can do.  Inside the I Medici in Firenze laboratory, or better “kitchen”, where daily standard or specific products are made, all is planned and prepared to create only the best products.

Clearly in this kitchen every work is carried out strictly by hand by the best “Cooks”, with the care and attention that this ancient precious natural beautiful material requires. As you can immagine the skin needed for a soft wallet or a good bag is very different. To produce a leather object it is therefore necessary to have various types of leather, with a wide variety of colors, surface and thickness.

To start a production, all the machines for the various phases must be active and synchronized: cutting, splitting, gluing, edging, stitching and finishing are ready for your wallet. The first step is design the object on the leather, and the Italian design by I Medici is well known all over the world for quality.  Then you have to cut leather: this phase is carried out with some cutting shapes in steel, called “punches” that allow to give the first shape to the product. The punches you define the cutting position, choosing the best point for color, for surface integrity and for color uniformity and to use all the material you have prepared (that is a very important thing to have a nice price even for luxury products because that allow to obtain many wallets without waste leather). The cut is made and your I Medici in Firenze wallet received the first aesthetic structure. The face of the product is given here. After assembly, the product is assembled and mounted provisionally to verify that all components are in place, shape and leather skin are perfect. The seam is the phase that transforms a collage of pieces into a finished product. The choice of the color of the thread, its size, the measure of the point, allow a precise customization for every need. Before packaging and delivery, a final check, cleaning, and general verification. Your Made in Italy leather wallet is ready to be shipped!

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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