Leather manufacturing in Italy

In Florence, the historic leatherworking district since the 13th century is Santa Croce. Here, thanks to the commitment of the Gori family and the will of the Franciscans, the artisans of the Scuola del Cuoio work in a Renaissance and cosy environment, under the wise aegis of Tommaso Melani and Laura Gori. The bags that come out of this atelier are unique also for their privileged birth.

In the Tuscan capital, even the art of made-to-measure footwear has ancient origins and great fame. Unique and personalized shoes, created according to rules that are unlikely to be replaced by new fashionable intuitions.

In Milan, houses and courtyards hide workshops of wonders where the most refined creations are born, in the name of inspiration and good taste typically Meneghino. Accessories of every kind and footwear, created by passionate and skilful hands, sometimes using precious leathers that require a unique mastery.

Leather processing is a historical tradition also in Emilia Romagna and in particular in Modena, a city founded on water. Here already in the Middle Ages there were several tanneries right in the old town centre, where you can still find skilled craftsmen who create elegant accessories, with that timeless allure typical of handmade objects.tailor-made shoes, the real bespoke, in Bologna.

An art that requires numerous and delicate passages and that is not only high manual skills, but also taste and sensitivity, an essential skill to fully understand the needs and inclinations of each individual customer.

For those who are looking for shoes made to perfection, other important addresses are finally in Rome. Here we find famous shops, the usual destination of leading figures from both the world of politics and entertainment. Where every step is made entirely by hand, starting from the wooden shapes set on the personal measurements of the exclusive clientele.

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Barbera Sandro & Figli

Founded in 1968, Barbera Sandro & Figli is an artisan company that has its roots in a long tradition of leather processing to create entirely handmade and fully customizable shoes, the result of careful research of the finest materials (strictly Italian) and manual skills handed down from father to son that expresses, with their creations, […]

Biella

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Pelletteria Coryum di Massimiliano Alessandrini

Artisan for 30 years, Massimiliano Alessandrini began his career in the world of leather craftsmanship by learning the trade of shoemaker in a small workshop, before dedicating himself and specializing in the creation of leather and leather accessories such as bags, belts and wallets. In 2016 he opened the Coryum leather goods shop in the […]

Cerveteri (RM)

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Pelletteria Artigiana Viviani

Pelletteria Artigiana Viviani has roots in the great Florentine artisan tradition of leather-making. Renato Viviani opened his workshop and boutique in the centre of Florence in 1965 after spending years mastering his craft, first in Guccio Gucci’s workshop in the 1920s and later in Buenos Aires in the ‘30s, ‘40s and ‘50s, where he became […]

Firenze

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Furò e Punteruolo

Needles, awls, hammers, pliers and hole punches. It only takes a glance to see that this laboratory is run by experts who really know all the secrets of leathercraft. All their creations – belts, wallets, bucket bags, laptop cases – are cut by Paolo Fattori and sewn by his wife Luisa, using exclusively leathers tanned […]

Firenze

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Fratelli Peroni

This artisan leather company dates from 1956. The third Peroni generation, Maurizio and Marco, keep the professionalism and manual skills of their predecessors alive today, with the added value of creativity and innovation. Over 1,500 items are made strictly by hand and most of them are without stitching thanks to the ancient shaping technique of […]

Firenze

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L. AB di Alfio Bruschi

An artisan workshop specializing in bespoke footwear. A tradition that has been handed down from father to son and that Alfio Bruschi has been continuing since 1975 in his own shop in Montegranaro, in the province of Fermo. In 2000, the brand was established and began collaborating with international brands in the footwear world and […]

Montegranaro (FM)

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Il Bussetto di Fanara Giuseppe & C.

An artisan workshop in Florence in which exclusive leather items are produced. All the pieces are expertly and individually crafted by Giuseppe Fanara, together with his son Mirko, following the ancient traditions of the artisanal art of processing the Florentine leather known as “Cuoietto Fiorentino.” They realize leather coin pouches, business card holders, pen holders, […]

Firenze

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Dimitri Villoresi

Tradition, craftsmanship and passion are the mission of Dimitri Villoresi, who has been creating custom-made leather bags and accessories, at first under the brand name MonacoMetropolitano and now as DV Bags, at his workshop in the heart of Florence’s Oltrarno area, since 2004. He also strives to hand down his knowledge and craft by teaching […]

Firenze

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Paolo Vitale

An artisan, family-run business, started by Giovanni Forleo in 1989 and taken over by his children Mino and Paolo  in 2002. The Paolo Vitale brand was created in 1996 and has been synonymous with high artisan quality ever since its launching. The production process begins with the design and careful choice of materials. All processing […]

Macherio (MB)

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La Casa della Scarpa dal 1961 di Orgallo Lorenzo

La Casa della Scarpa was established in 1961 by Achille and Salvatore Orgallo, as a shoe and leather repair shop. The core business is still artisan repairs but when Lorenzo, Salvatore’s son, joined his father a few years ago, the shop came to specialize in the production of made-to-measure wooden shoes, strictly made by hand […]

La Spezia

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Damiano Chiappini

Damiano Chiappini comes from a long line of cobblers. He learned the trade secrets from his father Luigi who, in the 1930s, as was the custom at that time, went to the customers’ houses to make their shoes, completely by hand and all made to measure. Patience, hard work and attention to detail: these are […]

Montegranaro (FM)

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Sandali Siniscalchi Sorrento

Siniscalchi has been selling and shipping handmade sandals for women, men and children all over the world for over 50 years. In addition to leather, other natural skins, semi-precious stones, shells and Swarovski crystals are used to make the sandals and customers can have their shoes personalized. All items are 100% made in Italy, with […]

Sorrento (NA)

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Lamberto Bartolozzi

Lamberto Bartolozzi was born and raised in the environment of saddle-making. In his workshop, he continues to pursue an old and valuable family tradition. The art of working leather requires great experience and dedication. His grandfather Giuseppe was the first to work in this profession, and today Lamberto has expanded production by creating, as well […]

Tolfa (RM)

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Selleria Altieri

A kind and sincere person, Giuseppina Altieri has been working leather for 30 years. In 1985, she attended the annual saddle-making course in Rome and felt immediately confident and at ease with this form of craftwork. Over the years, Giuseppina has gained the experience required to make objects of the highest quality and any kind […]

Civitavecchia (RM)

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Bettanin e Venturi

Bettanin e Venturi is a family craft business now in its fifth generation: started as a saddlery maker in the 1800s, the workshop then specialized in custom-made shoes and, in the ‘60s-70s, it expanded and diversified into a more structured business. The company produces mostly men’s shoes and, as an exception, women’s shoes if inspired […]

Milano

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Segalin di Daniela Ghezzo

Custom-made shoes: one of the very few things designed to combine luxury, elegance and comfort. The shoes made by Daniela Ghezzo cocoon the feet in a caressing touch. She learned the technique, but also began creating her own style, by dividing her time between a Roman workshop specialising in men’s shoes and the Venetian workshop […]

Venezia

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Gabriele Gmeiner

Gabriele Gmeiner decided to work in Venice after about ten years of studying and training all over Europe, including the study of artisanal shoemaking techniques at London’s Cordwainers College and saddlery at the Centre de Formation Technologique Grégoire of Paris, where he worked at the John Lobb and Hermès workshops. Since 2002, he has been […]

Venezia

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Franco Cimadamore

The Franco Cimadamore brand was established in the 1930s and distinguishes itself, now as then, for its refined and timeless products, entirely handcrafted, with the care and dedication of the craftsmen of the past. These shoes are made for those who want to stand out, and the firm boasts national and international jet-setters among its […]

Montegranaro (FM)

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Mannina

In the heart of the historic centre of Florence, in 1953, the Mannina workshop was founded. Following in the footsteps of Calogero, today his son Antonio produces entirely handmade shoes for men and women. A quality selection of leathers and precise workmanship make these shoes indestructible masterpieces. Brogues, moccasins and ankle boots to meet the […]

Firenze

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Roberto Ugolini

The Roberto Ugolini workshop, in the heart of Florence, makes shoes entirely by hand that will cradle everyone’s feet, while respecting the particularities of each customer. In addition to the vast range of models available in the workshop, in fact, the artisans are able to fulfil the customer’s requests in the best way possible. The […]

Firenze

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Peron & Peron

Bruno Peron’s passion for the art of footwear was born in the late 60s. After learning the trade secrets, in 1985 he opened his first Peron brand shop, now known internationally, thanks to the work of his son Simone, who, in 1995, brought the Peron creations to Pitti Uomo. Not only tailor-made, not only handmade, […]

Bologna

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Selleria Le Cuir

Selleria Le Cuir was started in 1979, but the origins of the business date back to 1871, when a family from Aosta began producing and selling “galoshes”, the traditional clogs of the Val d’Aosta region and leather cow collars. The saddlery’s main products are still collars, in addition to horse-riding items, made-to-order leather goods, classic-style […]

Aosta

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Stefano Bemer

The perfect Italian shoe: this is the ambitious goal that Stefano Bemer set himself in 1983 when he started his business in the heart of Florence. And indeed, this brand of men’s shoes, made by hand, have become synonymous with quality and excellence, and, even today, after the untimely death of Stefano, Tommaso Melani carries […]

Firenze

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Il Micio

For the last ten years Fukaya Hidetaka has been working in his workshop making customised shoes, in the alleys of Florence between Via della Vigna Nuova and Via della Spada, in the company of a large black cat. After graduating from fashion school in Japan, he studied in Siena and cutting his teeth in various […]

Firenze

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La veloce Calzolaio

Gjovalin Gavoci grew up admiring his grandfather’s skilful work, the grandfather who with passion and dedication made customized footwear. Today, with his son Julian, Gjovalin creates works of wearable art. Shoes made to measure, created according to the tastes and needs of the customer, using exotic and traditional leathers, with matching belts and wallets. All […]

Ferrara

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Tomas Than

Art and architecture enthusiast since he was a child, Tomas Than combines these interests to create a luxury craft brand. Italian leather products, with clean, geometric and essential lines, that create an understated elegance, perfect for the customer who wants to stand out thanks to the extremely high quality and timeless charm of the items. […]

Milano

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Stivaleria Savoia

This historic shop was opened in Milan in 1925 by the Ballini family, heirs of the experience of master shoemakers who made boots for the Savoy regiment of the nearby barracks. Maurizio Marinella, a known lover of excellence in craftsmanship, took over in 2004 to carry on the tradition. Today, in the elegant shop-workshop, customers […]

Milano

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Scuola del Cuoio

The Scuola del Cuoio [school of leather] was founded in Florence in after the Second World War by the Gori and Casini families, leather artisans in Florence, and the monks from the monastery of Santa Croce. Today it still offers internationally recognised courses. In addition to this there is obviously the production as well: it […]

Firenze

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Vivian Saskia Wittmer

Saskia Wittmer learned the craft of making bespoke shoes in Germany from the best master shoemaker. After some years travelling around Europe as an apprentice in the best artisan workshops, she arrived in Florence to work with Stefano Bemer, another prestigious name in bespoke shoemaking. Saskia has had her own workshop for fifteen years, where […]

Firenze

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Giosa di Giorgio Santamaria

Located in Brera, the historical and creative Milan, Giosa produces handcrafted leather goods in crocodile, pieces with a unique style, a far cry from the rigid designs and fragility of mass-produced pieces. Giorgio Santamaria learned from his father Santo how to carefully work exotic leathers with flair, putting his skills at the disposal of important […]

Milano

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Marini 1899

When it comes to creating custom-made shoes, Marini takes the matter very seriously: every stage is performed by hand, starting from the wooden last, made to the specifications of the customer’s feet, up to every single detail regarding the shoes. Marini was established in 1899 by Giuseppe Marini, a master shoemaker who, owing to his […]

Roma

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La Vacchetta Grassa Cuoieria Artigiana

La Vacchetta Grassa is the name and brand of the leather goods shop located in the heart of Modena and housed in a beautiful historic building just steps away from Piazza Grande. It has been producing handmade belts, bags and wallets for over 35 years, by using 100% natural skins which are processed with the […]

Modena