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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)

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.

 

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!

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!