We are very proud of the craftsmen and women who make up our production staff. They do good work and take pride in sending out top quality, handmade leather handbags, bags and accessories. We would like to honor them and their stories in the next few blogs.
Marco started working leather when he was only 17 – and though he has changed jobs once or twice, he finds that he always comes back to working with leather. He has a very particular skill, that is taglio a mano and it is one that is passed down from one master craftsman to another… its not a skill learned by reading a book! He has recently replaced one of our craftsman who finally decided he was going into retirement (before the Italian government changed its age requirements….again!) He can free hand cut patterns instead of using a machine and the dye. Since he has worked alongside talented craftsman all his life it was easy for him to acquire the steady hand, quick eye for fitting patterns and learn the pressure need to create a clean cut for the different types of leather. He has experience cutting jackets, wallets and bags. But if you ask him, he would much rather be cutting individual pieces for our customized products than big orders.
In the photo below you can see Marco tracing out the pieces of one of our Toscanella messenger bags made in vacchetta leather. Each bag is hand cut and then individually pieced together by skilled craftsmen … and women. Marco is Tuscan by birth, having grown up and lived in an area southeast of Florence called Val d’Arno (valley of the Arno river which flows throw Florence) – which is probably why Marco has such a passion for fishing. He said he’d never fish in the Arno river … its just no fun, but he does enjoy seeking out the streams and creeks that abound in the mountains surrounding the valley.