Franca Leonardi uses
only leather coming from the Italian Region of Tuscany : it is treated
in many small towns throughout the Tuscany such as Santa Croce sull’Arno
,where leather was a way of life.
In these tanneries the
skins of cow or calf are vegetable tanned and naturally dyed, with
biodegradable materials only .
The top grain leather,
after the first treatments, is soaked in large wooden drums filled
with a mixture of natural essences such a bark of chestnut, holm,
oaks and mimosa .
After a machine called
“press” removes the water from tanned leather and later it is dried
in the warm air.
After this the craftsmen
dye the skins handly, for this the leather colour is not very uniform
very often : the craftsmen polish the leather again and again, to
rise and get smooth the surface and produce the requested shining.
The leather is ready
to become bags and wallets.
The vegetable tanning
is a lenght process, producing a very unique leather, rich in aroma
and texture with a soft feel.
For this reason the Made
in Italy leather has its particular perfume.
After having done a first
design of a new product, Franca Leonardi has it cut and handsown
by her modelist specialized in that kind of article : each product
has its own specialized artisans dislocated in various parts of
Each one of them is so
well organized that they can produce large quantities in a short
time : they are complete families of leather artisans, working with
skilled workers, from 5 to 15 people.
In fact Franca Leonardi
is known to be very punctual in delivering even large quantities
and has never had any complains but on the contrary she receives
compliments by her clients.
Franca Leonardi exposes
her products in her showroom which is situated in the center of
Milan city, well known as the fashion capital, where she also has
her commercial office, from where she organizes every production
of her goods and the sales and the deliveries.
She keeps a very friendly collaboration with her artisans, to work
well thanks to her permanent staff, similar to a big family.