The leatherware market of Florence is known all over the world, just as its artisan workshops, capable of manufacturing high quality items such as handbags, jackets, shoes and countless accessories. Besides going to the Market of San Lorenzo, where tourists buy most of its leatherware goods, we’d like to recommend the experience of visiting Santa Croce.
Scuola del Cuoio
Type of product: mostly handbags
Address: Chiostro Santa Croce, Piazza Santa Croce, 16; +39 055-244533
Notes: There are at least three interesting aspects of this structure. First of all, its location in an ancient dormitory designed by Michelozzo and a warehouse frescoed by Domenico Ghirlandaio. Artisans here still work on wooden benches from the fifties. This is the result of a project for training orphans from World War II, an initiative that developed over time and nowadays boasting such a high quality that its products are exported all over the world to important customers such as politicians, aristocrats, hotels and movie stars
Type of product: leatherware and book binding
Address: Via Montebello, 58r; +39 055-212947
Notes: Here you can find assorted leatherware and ancient style book binding.