Tag: leather manufacturing

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!

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.