Prepping the leather is the most time consuming part of handcrafting a leather bag. Each piece needs to be cut, then either, cleaned, trimmed or buffed before being passed over for assembly.
The assembly of any handcrafted leather bag, wallet, belt or purse begins with the selection of the leather hides. When you take a tour of the Pierotucci Italian leather workshop, not only will you see how they cut the panels, prepare the leather and put together the puzzle of pieces but you will have the unique opportunity to walk through their leather storage section and smell the rich perfume of vegetable and chrome tanned leather hides. There are two levels of quality control, that which is completed at the tannery with their electronic eyes that scan the size, color intensity and leather height. Once it arrives at the Pierotucci workshop it goes through another three phases before it goes from raw material to finished product. But instead of using modern technology, this time we use the extensive hands on experience of the Pierotucci leather craftsmen and women.
Each piece has a digitally printed red number on the back which indicates the number of square meters that correspond to the piece. The hides are run through two rollers which are equipped with an electronic eye and they calculate the precise area of useable leather. These numbers are added up to be sure the quantity delivered is the same as the quantity ordered … and paid for. Every order is composed of hides that vary in size and quality. It is easy for the craftsman to know the quality because it is indicated by the lines found next to the size of each piece. (1 line = high quality, 2 lines =medium high and 3 lines = medium quality.) Both the size and the quality are controlled by our Master Leather cutter before they are put into production.
Pierotucci offers a standard collection of classic handmade leather bags and in this case it is imperative that the color remains the same throughout the years in order to allow for coordinating combinations of bags, wallets, key chains and more. When each roll is opened to confirm the square meters, each piece is then compared to an original hide that was kept for just this purpose. When referring to a vegetable dyed process, the color saturation can change dramatically due to many factors however the contract pervades that Pierotucci will accept only up to a 10% color variation in order to produce a homogeneous line of products in the Toscanella line of Italian leather bags, wallets and more.
Perhaps the hardest thing to quantify is the quality control of the leather itself; though much of this is electronically controlled at the tannery only an expert eye will catch the fine details in a defective hide, defects that will make the difference in the integrity of the final product. After the master leather cutter confirms the square meters, the visual quality and the color conformity, he will make a decision if in fact the leather conforms to the Pierotucci standards of quality. In other words, he will pay attention to details such as the smell and texture. This is something only an experienced craftsman would be able to do, like Renzo, who has been with Pierotucci for over 35 years.
by Donna Denise Scharnagl
These soft shades are the idea of spring, I’m just hoping the temps will get warm enough so I can start wearing more tops like this Mlle Mademoiselle Zaria racer back tank (maybe for now we should keep our eye on a leather jacket … like the cropped Italian Leather Jacket for women in a neutral clay color from Pierotucci.)
This Polyvore artist used the Wesley suede sandal with wedge in a pink nude and I love how it compliments the FORTUNATA patchwork tote bag.
The elegant mix with the Pierotucci cropped tobacco colored leather jacket, an elegant pair of trousers from VALENTINO, the beige colored scallop crochet top and those MICHAEL KORS Calder ballet flats should not be taking you out of your comfort zone but rather pushing you into a look that accents your style and chic.
Photo of James Dean comes from the Phil Stern Archives, http://www.philsternarchives.com/hollywood/stars/james-dean/
When you do what you love, can you consider it work?
Master Craftsman Marco Galli speaks with years of experience – and his story is one of passion, satisfaction and delight …
Creating leather bags might be his work but it is obvious that he is in love with what he does at the Pierotucci Italian Leather Workshop.
Recently interviewed for Discover Tuscany, he explains how a sick brother got him involved in his life’s passion …
Click here to read the full story. Leather through the Eyes of a Master Craftsman
By Donna Scharnagl
The refreshing colors of the Italian spring are embodied in this sweet little Mimi Me version of the FORTUNATA Italian leather handbag. The Iris flower in varying shades of purple is the symbol of Florence, fields of this majestic bloom are found all over the countryside that surrounds this city of art.
This 62 piece patchwork panel is an exclusive design to the Pierotucci Collection. Each handbag is made up of two patchwork panels that are color coordinated by the in house designer, she likes to mix not only hues but also textures using a wide variety of smooth nappa leathers, embossed leathers with patent or matte finishes and exotic pony hair leathers.
By Donna Scharnagl
This weekend was absolutely spectacular – it practically screamed for you to get out of the house and take a drive around the picturesque back roads of Tuscany . . . especially if you had a motorcycle.
The sun was out and the sky was blue, the wind might have had a bit of a nip but when you have on your Italian leather jacket you’re not feeling any of it.
Sunday, after the traditional Italian lunch of ravioli, roast meats and potatoes, winter salad, wine and a home made crostata I hopped on the bike with my Sweetie and took a leisurely tour south of Siena near Montalcino and the windy roads of Val d’Orcia.
Took my time and lots of photos – it was a picture perfect afternoon.
By Donna Scharnagl
Just fooling around with the new Italian leather jackets, and love the look of this vintage gray with spring floral. The way the soft colors melt together with a touch of showy pink complement the feminine appeal of wearing leather even in the warmer temps.
By Donna Scharnagl