Marco is our newest and youngest addition to the team. His first job experience was working in a cafe serving coffee and danishes but he has found that he much prefers the calm and quite of the leather production to the constant chatter and banter of an Italian coffee house. He is training on our leather cutter machine which uses metal forms called dyes. At his side, watching his every move are Marco Galli, Renzo and Bruno (now in retirement) and they have been slowly showing him the ropes.
This is sure to be an occupation that installs a love for the Florentine traditions . . . even though he cheers for
the wrong an out of town soccer team. But we let him slide on this since he was born and grew up in Sardinia, a beautiful island off the coast of Tuscany.
At the moment he works on cutting our leather wallets and key holders. These are small and intricate pieces. He will select the leather, developing an eye for homogenous coloring, unusual or ugly markings and learning how to place the dye or what looks like a large metal cookie cutter on the leather. Then following all safety procedures he will proceed to press the dye with the machine seen below soas to cut several piece at one time in an identical format.
What does he like best about his job? It gives him lots of time to think and relax. He loves to draw and design, so he uses this quite time to restore his creative juices and let inspiration come to him for the next project.