Italy has developed a solid reputation
For offering the highest quality leather goods, accessories, and clothing and there is no better place to see fine workmanship in action than Tuscany, the epicenter of Italy’s artisanal crafts. The leather craftsmen of the Tuscan region utilize production methods that have been handed down through generations to produce unique, inspiring leather goods of unrivalled quality.
When you purchase a Tuscan-made leather product, you get a finely crafted masterpiece that is the result of hundreds of years of expert experience. It is unsurprising, therefore, that the leather goods made in Italy are highly coveted throughout the world and the Tuscan region, in particular, has become renowned for producing handbags, belts, shoes, jackets, wallets, purses, and other accessories of an unbeatable quality.
Many of the world’s most famous fashion houses, including the Italian powerhouses of Armani, Ferragamo, Gucci, Prada, and Valentino source their goods from Tuscan leather suppliers located in the Tuscan region. And, because Italian brands typically dominate the world of fashion, it comes as no surprise that Italian leather is associated with remarkable excellence and superiority.
The most prominent area of leather production is located in the region between Florence and Pisa in Santa Croce sull’Arno, across the Arno river from San Miniato, along what has become known as the Leather Route.
Of course, leather goods are available throughout the world, and one can’t help but question what it is that makes Tuscan leather stand out. Is it really worth the price tag?
The simple answer to this question is “yes.”
Two distinct, yet equally important, factors make the leather goods produced in Tuscany really stand out: Quality of the hide and craftsmanship, and neither of these can be readily replicated elsewhere. The leather craftsmen in Tuscany trade only in products of the highest quality and use centuries of leather working experience passed down through generations to create unique and superior goods the quality of which simply cannot be found anywhere else.
Tanning in this region can be traced back as far as the mid-19th century, and it has continually grown in popularity to become one of the world’s leading producers of leather goods and tanning equipment. Around 35% of Italy’s leather goods are produced in Tuscany, and a massive 98% of Italian leather soles, representing a yearly turnover in excess of €2 billion. Around 900 companies operate within the district, each of which is typically small in size with just 12 skilled employees per business. Small yet perfectly formed, these boutique firms represent highly specialized units in which artisans exquisitely tailor leather goods to the highest specifications. Their ability to create specialty items via small runs has been critical to the success of this industry and Tuscany’s establishment of a solid reputation for industry excellence.
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