Leather processing in the family businessThe specialty of the fine leather goods from the area around Florence is by no means obvious, but rather in the hand. The processed calfskin, traditionally vegetable-tanned in and around Florence, is called cuoietto and appears to be joined together seamlessly. The coltella is used where the leather edges meet during processing. With this (very) sharp knife the fibers are thinned out. The leather is soaked in water, then pulled over a wooden blank, nailed and pounded into shape. Then everything is "sealed" with a hot iron. A vegetable adhesive is added to achieve the characteristic strength of the leather work of art. After the gentle drying in the drying room (similar to a humidor for tobacco products), each piece is given a varnish made from natural pigments and carefully polished by hand. Our leather belts and suspenders come from another family business in Treviso, Italy.