Posts Tagged leather
Creativity and imagination is all about using texture and color to create a fashion. The multitude of shades that make up “brown” let’s you go wild; tan, camel, cognac, bronze, fawn, sepia, lion, chestnut, chocolate, coffee, mahogany, tawny, desert sand are just a few of the variations on a theme.
Brown is the perfect neutral color – warm and cosy, easily mixed with gold highlights or it can be cool and hard complimented with silver accents. We have selected 10 pair of Italian leather gloves in nappa lambskin and suede leather in shades of brown for our first part of 50 shades of Italian style.
From the classic driving glove to cashmere lined suede leather glove in two tones, brown Italian leather gloves definitely make up the first 10 slots of 50 shades of Italian style!
This deep red hue embodies hints of brown, making it so much more versatile than traditional red. If one had to describe it you could say part burgundy, part scarlet, completely dramatic! It was all over fall/winter catwalks in February, with Alexander Wang, Jason Wu, Peter Som, Yigal Azrouel and Rag and Bone all tapping into their Taurean sides, while the red carpet is now reflecting the hue.
Today we have Bev working on the defining stitching on our leather belts. Many times this can be done by a machine but when you are looking for precision we find the best bet is to do it by hand. Bev works these thick pieces of leather with a large needle pulling a long string of a strong sturdy beige colored thread through a series of holes already made in the leather when we cut the strips.
The most difficult part of this work for Bev is that she needs to use a cut of thread that is twice as long as the belt – and since her stature is quite small – it means that the thread is twice as long as she is tall!
This blog piece is a special treat from one of our recent guests, who sent it to us from her recent trip to Florence Italy. We were quite pleased to be considered one of the highlights of her trip. Thanks to Michelle for the story – I did a little research and pulled up the photos on the vineyard – and of course added one of our factory.
APRIL 2012 : I was really excited when my colleague suggested an authentic wine tasting at a Medici Villa high in the hills of Chiantigiana. The weather was perfect, and the villa was bathed in late evening sun as we approached.
Dialetta, the owner, was outside to greet us and gave us a very warm welcome. She took us up to the enormous terrace overlooking the hillside where the panoramic view was amazing. After we went into the front landscaped garden where she told us a little of the history of the villa. I could just picture my daughter Natalie having a grand wedding party there! From there she took us down to the cellar and talked about the different wines that they produce. It was all very interesting, and I was definitely eager to start tasting.
From the cellars it was back upstairs to the kitchen. She already had some wonderful Tuscan bread warming in the oven and the table was laid with hams, cheeses and olive oils, and of course the wines were breathing. We tried three different wines, all of which were absolutely delicious. I did my swirling and sniffing to get the best of the bouquet and it really does work! I can honestly say I don’t know where those 2 hours went. We enjoyed the whole tour immensely and would thoroughly recommend it to anyone who visits Florence.
As well as wine, I am also definitely into leather. Quite conveniently, we had been told about a leather factory quite close to the Villa. We had called before hand to make sure we could have a look around the factory (before going for our wine tasting tour) and they were more than happy to accommodate our little group. It is one of the only Florentine factories who make their own collection of handbags. It seems a lot of the factories in this region make for the high end labels such as Gucci, Prada, Jimmy Choo etc. It was a real treat to see bags that are made entirely by hand. From the cutting, stitching, putting each piece together, even painting the edges. We were shown how each bag has to have a pattern that can contain 30 or even 40 pieces. Their label is called Toscanella and they use beautiful earthy hues inspired from the Tuscan countryside. The bags are a rustic classic style that never date. I have to admit I had my eye on a Tobacco one which is definitely on my wish list. How handy that my 25th wedding anniversary is coming up next month. DH only raised his eyes as if to say “oh no, not another handbag. How many do you need”? Err, who said anything about need! The person who showed us around was very amusing. He was called Enrico and a typical jovial Florentine. He explained how the different leathers are used and what happens at the tanneries. The leather comes only from animals in Tuscany and the South of France so it was all pretty much homegrown.
We had a wander around the beautiful showroom too, very dangerous and I was getting tugged quite strongly by my DH. He was itching to get to the wine tasting and I couldn’t blame him, we’d had a long day, lunching, shopping, sightseeing – and my brother was loving every minute of it. This was all a real treat for him as it was his first time visiting Florence, and its always that bit special when you get off the beaten track to see behind the scenes instead of always staying with the crowds.
I am looking to do some advertising for Pierotucci, Leather Factory and I have two possible images to use. Have a look, and let me know which one calls your attention most – and what does it communicate to you.
I appreciate your help!
The first image centers on the fact that all of our products are handmade right here in Florence Italy – what I don’t like is that it doesn’t really show our full range of products.
The second pulls in a Florence skyline and a selection of our products, but I am not sure it really communicates that we hand make everything right here in Italy.
An introduction to a the high resistant, very elegant leather. Commonly used in high leather producers for handbags such as Prada, Ferragamo, Pierotucci and many other important fashion designer. The distinctive markings on this leather is a series of diagonal lines, in fact indications are that the Saffiano leather was invented by Mario Prada himself. In any case this design creates a highly scratch resistant surface making this type of leather ideal for business bags, briefcases.
are my thing
$155 - net-a-porter.com
€305 - pierotucci.com
£30 - mango.com
£110 - mango.com