Italy's longstanding position as a world leader in defining style ranging from automobile to urban design, is perhaps at its most influential in the world of Fashion. Milan has long been considered the world fashion capital and it is no wonder considering the peninsula's longstanding and ever-present relationship with luxury production and artistic influence.

Longstanding tradition of art, design, quality and style

Italy has been a producer and international exporter of high-end luxury goods since the 11th and 12th centuries. The long and culturally diverse peninsula hosted a variety of international trade routes and as such came into contact with a wide-ranging series of influences stretching far into the orient. The same cosmopolitan and artistic cultural powerhouses that fed the renaissance, the medieval city states, became home to Guilds producing the world's finest luxury goods including cosmetics, jewelry, textiles and fashion. Although the country's international influence waived during the 16th to 19th centuries as France, under the 'Rois-soleil' Louis 14th, became the cultural and fashion hot-bed of Europe, Italy returned with a vengeance in the 20th century to reclaim its crown as Europe and the Worlds true fashion and design capital.

Tuscany and Le Marche - An Italian Leather Heritage

These two wealthy mercantile and artistically inspired regions in northern central Italy developed to become the centre of Italian leather production and world leaders in innovation and quality. The strong Guild system that was so important in developing and protecting the technological advantages that the local wealth and culture helped develop, was key and remains integral in this centre for leather production maintaining its competitive edge.  Fiercely protected family secrets run through the generations and explain why to this day nowhere in the world can compete at this level. All of our leather is sourced from the 'Golden Triangle', where the world's best leather is produced.

Neapolitan Tradition and Workmanship

Neapolitan tailoring has one of the oldest traditions in Europe of what we now consider to be men's tailoring. The Confraternita dell Arte dei Giubbonari e dei Cositori (Brotherhood of the jacket makers and of the tailors) was founded in 1351, as was common and popular during the time as guilds we being formed across all sectors in the highly mercantile Italian City States. During the 1400s the textile, particularly wool and silk industries, flourished in what had always been one of Italy's most cosmopolitan and culturally progressive cities due to its enormous port. The success of the Neapolitan school was clear, as tailors were sent across Europe's most wealthy and exclusive royal and noble courts to produce clothing for the wealthiest and most powerful people in Europe. After a small decline between the 17th and 18th centuries, the industry exploded again during the late 1800s and flourished throughout the 20th century. The decline and corruption of the workmanship he had always felt passionate about in the late 20th century pushed Federico to start out on his own back in 1979, and his dedicated work has maintained the standards of quality materials and expert workmanship that is slowly becoming harder and harder to find.

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