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Marco, at Pierotucci Italian leather factory is working on one of the Toscanella leather handbags. As you can see he has assembled the lining first, starting with the characteristic 100% all cotton striped lining, padded with a ridge protection and reinforcement. You can see how the front flap has already been attached. The bags are sewn and then turned inside out so that the striped lining will be evident on the interior of the genuine Italian leather handbags.
Once the linings are prepared the will be inserted in the the prepared leather bag and then sewn into place, and the final product will be available . . .
When Pierotucci writes MADE in ITALY on their lables, they means everything is from Italy both the leather and the buckle. Italian #leatherbelts
What could be better than a reversible – MADE in ITALY leather belt? Black on onside and dark brown on the other, it takes just a a flick of the wrist to change this belt from one color to another. Easy reversible system, all you need to do is simply un-clamp the buckle, remove belt strap, turn the belt over, re-insert into buckle then close the clamp back onto the leather.
Perfect for travel – you need only pack one belt!
It seems almost impossible that the same supple leather that is used to make leather jackets and gloves can be applied to create rigid boxes for holding pens, business cards, cigars and reading glasses. But using the antique traditions of the Cuoio Collection that have been passed down from father to son for generations, skilled artisans can create a hard sided box like a piece of art from cuoio leather. This is a tradition which can easily be dated back to Caterina de Medici when she apparently made these leather boxes “all the rage” in the 1500′s in Paris when she included them in her trousseau.
These boxes are examples of beauty and skilled craftsmanship, evident in the simple lines, the seamless appearance and the smooth texture of the leather. Perhaps the most stunning aspect of these uniquely formed leather goods is that they are produced in exactly the same manner as they were over 50 years ago – no high tech, no fancy computers and no synthetic material or colors. Though some would be apt to mix the work of “pelleteria” – that is the cutting, assembling and sewing of leather bags, wallets and belts with that of “cuoio sagomato” – they would most certainly be making a gross error. The raw material may be the same – but the similarities definitely stop there.
+ The unfinished leather is cut to the predetermined size and is then soaked in water.
+ Then one edge of the leather will be thinned out so as to make a cleaner seal where the sides lap over on the final product.
+ Depending on the size and shape of the final product, the wet leather is then molded to a wooden form which is commonly called a “last” and tacked on with small nails or tied so that the leather stays in place.
What is a last? It is a shoemaker’s model for shaping or repairing a shoe or boot. But not only a shoemaker, it can be a model for shaping or repairing any type of leather article.
+ Once the leather is formed to the molds they are baked at low temps until thoroughly dried.
+ The now formed leather will be cooled and then the seals where they were glued together are washed to remove any excess glue. Any left over glue will alter the final color of the product.
+ Then the ropes are untied or the tacs are taken out and the dried leather is carefully pulled from the form. Excess leather is cut off at this time and now is the time when defining curves are added.
+ The leather case is now painted with the appropriate color. It is then smoothed with a heated roller and finished with a buffer until it shines.
+ The edges will then be sealed and the exterior of the object is painted and embossed with the Pierotucci name.
Each handbag goes through 4 phases before it can be checked at quality control, and packed up for storage in the warehouse.
First the leather, lining and in this case the canvas accents needs to be cut. Secondly, all cut pieces of leather need to be sealed, pressed, punched with holes and sanded down. Third on the list is the accessories for each bag need to be counted out, this includes the zips, the straps, the snaps and handles. The last step is the assembly of the bag – starting from the inside out – each bag is composed by putting together first the lining, then the leather casing and finally all accessories and name plates.
In this photo you can see Marina working on the outer panels of the our Toscanella canvas and Italian leather tote with removable shoulder straps.
Whatever happened to simple normal color names like orange, black, blue? I came to a rude awakening while coloring with my nieces and nephews this holiday season when we opened a brand new box of Crayola Crayons. (Do you remember the excitement of getting to use the colors for the very first time? Ahh, the memories, one of my all time favorite colors was periwinkle – a shade of blue for those of you who don’t know).
Anyway I digress, I was searching through the colors looking for periwinkle and came up with the color eggplant.
I ask you, whatever happened to periwinkle blue? Now you have colors like wild strawberry and tangerine tango! How many of us have ever even seen a wild strawberry? … I was 28 when I saw my first “wild” strawberry…. I recently read that the smell of Crayloa crayons was one of the most recognized scents for adults, but would they recognized a Crayloa crayon called asparagus?
Working with our 10 shades of Italian style, we are on our 4th installment of colorful leather gloves for women and men from the Pierotucci sample glove collection. 10 styles in 10 shades of orange … go0d - old-fashion … orange. This rich shade colored 2012 and all the major catwalks during fashion week and lined designer shelves left and right. And it is still present this year, especially for the men . . but of course you wouldn’t get a guy wearing tangerine tango, and thus it has been renamed, ”safety orange.”
In any case here is a sampling of the orange colored gloves in leather and suede from Pierotucci:
Elizabeth: Wait! You have to take me to shore. According to the Code of the Order of the Brethren…
Barbossa: First, your return to shore was not part of our negotiations nor our agreement so I must do nothing. And secondly, you must be a pirate for the pirate’s code to apply and you’re not. And thirdly, the code is more what you’d call “guidelines” than actual rules. Welcome aboard the Black Pearl, Miss Turner .
- Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (original title)
Sizes are more like Barbossa’s interpretation of the Code of the Order – guidelines! This means when you read that a size 10 matches a size 44 in European sizes be aware that you should always (always, always) check the cm or inch measurements as well. This is especially true when you are looking at handmade or designer models of leather jackets, skirts, pants and even vests, like those found at Pierotucci.com
The first guideline when purchasing online it is to start with some common ground between you and the online size charts in order to guarantee the best possible fit. However, if you don’t take your body measurements properly – you will find yourself even more confused then before. Requested body measurements can vary according the seamstress or tailors designs therefore when sending your measurements for confirmation always ask the vendor how they measure them so that you can match your method.
Pierotucci Leather Factory offers some standard guidelines for find your perfect fit with their online leather garments.
Some will tell you to measure from the shoulder blade to the neck, but Pierotucci suggests a full shoulder measurement.
Even though jackets which do not have defined shoulder seams can be fitted without this measurement, it is still important. Pierotucci will use this measurement to compare it with someone in the office with a similar fit to see exactly how the jacket will hang on the shopper.
It is also not a defining measurement for a vest, but it does help to make the fit as perfect as possible.
2) Sleeve – Let your arm fall naturally (and straight), then measure from the joint where the shoulder meets the arm to joint of your thumb to your hand. Unless the sleeve requires special snaps, buckles, zippers, etc. Pierotucci will normally suggest that you have it shortened at a local seamstress.
Any special customization on a jacket normalkly means that it is not refundable, so for an easy cuff adjustment it is wise try the jacket on and confirm the perfect fit before making any modifications that render the jacket un-returnable.
This is also the most common measurement to inacurately determine therefore have it done locally and save yourself any disappointment.
4) Waist – Again you will want to measure at the widest point, which is normally right across the belly button.
Both of these measurements are vital to a good fit, The chest measurement will allow for a comfortable movement with the arms as well as a good closure with the zip,snaps or buttons on the leather jacket or vest. Since many designs are “fitted” and will hug your figure it safe to say that accurate measurements will make sure that tummy won’t be sticking out. IF you like to where heavy sweaters or lots of layers underneather your leather clothing, then you should measure yourself fully dressed so that the seamstress can take this extra space into consideration when cutting your new leather garment.
5) Length – On a jacket this refers to the total length of the body of the jacket. Start from the base of the neck to where you want the jacket to hand down your back.
7) Crotch – for a good fit on your pants, put on a pair of pants with the waist drop exactly where you want it and then measure from the back of the pants, through your legs to the top of the front of the pants.
8) Inseam – again use the pants with a good fit and measure from the top of the inside of the pant leg to the bottom. However always double check what measurement the company uses for the pant length, some will use the measurement from the waist band to the hem. In any case, the hem on a skirt should always include the waistband. AND when in doubt ask that it is left without a hem and have it done locally.
Only two days left to take advantage of this deal. Now when you spend €150 or more on any order, receive a free men’s leather reversable belt.
Here at Pierotucci we use several types of high quality Italian leather, both lambskin and calfskin included. It’s not a matter of one being better than the other, as both leathers are considered a luxury material, but there are in fact several differences between the two. As a general rule of thumb, we typically stick to using lambskin for leather garments such as jackets and coats and calfskin for handbags, wallets, and other leather accessories. The reason behind this is quite simple. Lambskin is a much softer, buttery type of leather and also much more light weight, easily forming to the body. You wouldn’t want to put on a jacket that weighed you down to the floor, would you? Calfskin however, is a tougher and thicker leather than lambskin, therefore better for handbags because the leather retains its shape more easily. Beyond the idea that lambskin is ultimately best for garments and calfskin for handbags, lambskin is also very insulative and protective, especially for its thiness. It stands up to cold climates better than any other synthetic material, which makes it the obvious choice for leather jackets. In comparison, calfskin is soft (although typically not as soft as lambskin) while remaining highly durable, making it good for harsh conditions and withstanding abrasions. So, the next time your’re out and about shopping for leather, feel the texture of it, look at the thickness, see how heavy it is and soon you will be a leather expert too.
One of the fun things about working here at Pierotucci in Florence Italy, is getting to visit with all the tourists that stop by our store – it’s so much fun to help them browse through our selection of Italian leather jackets and try them on looking for just the perfect match. Then when they do find one, it is a great pleasure to see the excitment and satisfaction on their face as the parade around in their new leather jacket!
It’s rare that we get a chance to see them afterwards at home and for that we would like to thank L. D. who is a Licensed Aesthetician/Nail Tech/Novalash Eyelash Extensionist from Lakeland, FL. She visited our store and purchased one of our jackets and was nice enough to send us a photo – before and after. Have a look at this lovely lady!