Luxury & Fashion

Sep 1, 2015

Handmade artisanal quality.

Scuola del Cuoio was created after World War II through the collaborative efforts of the Franciscan friars of the Monastery of Santa Croce and the Gori and Casini families, Florentine leather artisans since the 1930's. Their mission was to give orphans of the war a means to learn a practical trade with which to earn a living.

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Over the decades, Scuola del Cuoio has been honored to welcome many internationally renowned visitors. In the realm of international politics, visitors and clients have included the Royal Families of England, Japan and Sweden, the Queen of Greece, the President of the Italian Republic Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, Sen. and Mrs. Ted Kennedy, Madeleine Albright, former U.S. President Ronald Reagan and former First Ladies Nancy Reagan and Barbara Bush.

Many visitors from the entertainment world also own Scuola del Cuoio products and have visited the artisan workshops. Among them, James Stewart, Cary Grant, Paul Newman, Grace Kelly, Katharine Hepburn, Audrey Hepburn, Rob Schneider, Steven Spielberg, to name just a few.

Scuola del Cuoio deserves its fame. The high quality of the products, not only for the exquisite raw materials, but also for the handmade and original designs, reflects in various categories, from handbags and wallets to home décor and jewelry. A lambskin handbag can cost € 494, while an ostrich wallet can go up to €369. All of the products are hand-made, through generations long traditions.

The unique location, the quality of its products and the commitment to tradition has made Scuola del Cuoio famous. Scuola del Cuoio today remains the largest genuine laboratory in the city where clients can witness the artisans create the leather goods in the midst of centuries-old history.

The successive mayors of Florence have continued to honor Scuola del Cuoio with commissions to create guest books, albums and writing pads with the coat of arms of the city displayed during official ceremonies. The Bishop's Court, the Internal Ministry, the Italian Air Force, the Official Academy of the State Police, and famous hotels such as the Ritz in Paris and the Hassler in Rome order their leather goods from Scuola Del Cuoio. Their reputation, the quality of the products and the customization available to customers also allowed prestigious partnerships with companies from all over the world. 

With the passing of Silvano Casini and Marcello Gori in 2003, two of the founding fathers of the Scuola del Cuoio, today, the vision of the school lives on through Marcello Gori's family. Marcello Gori's three daughters, Laura, Francesca, and Barbara, and grandson Tommaso (Laura's son) manage Scuola del Cuoio.

The Gori family continues to be committed to the great tradition of quality products and personal customer service which has allowed Scuola del Cuoio to establish a refined clientele worldwide. In recent news, the Santa Croce Advisory Council, appointed Laura Gori member, allowing Scuola del Cuoio to assist with the plans to restore and promote cultural programs at the monumental complex. Francesca Gori has created a line of hand-stitched one-of-a-kind handbags. Francesca Gori Designer bags often feature bright color combinations and have decorative closures with bobbles of silver, gold, semi-precious stones and other rare materials such as fossils, quartz, amber all from antique jewelry and the like found during Francesca's travels throughout fairs, markets and shows throughout Europe.

The friars of the Monastery of Santa Croce and the Gori family share a common vision for Scuola del Cuoio. Their wish is to revive the minor arts, drawing from the experience of the master craftsmen, and to uphold the great traditions of Florentine quality craftsmanship. Scuola del Cuoio and the resident friars are also proud to provide a unique learning experience for visitors and students from all over the world.

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