Thursday, March 20, 2014

The Traveling Diaries No.14

"Scuola del Cuoio"
by Angelic Roman

I was so happy to have the chance to be able to visit the Scuola del Cuoio  behind the Santa Croce church this afternoon. Their story is a very inspiring one, which really is a good model for the beauty of the artisan community in Florence. The school was founded just after World War II by the friars of the monastery of Santa Croce for orphans to be able to learn a trade to earn a living. The orphans were taught to make everything by hand and it is like this that their impeccable quality came to be so known. This is the blood of the "Made in Italy" campaign. The Scuola today still offers courses to anyone interested in leather works and sells handmade products.

It has been visited by many famous people including Ronal Reagan, Katherine Hepburn, Grace Kelly, and many more. I was elated walking through their showroom and being able to touch their buttery leather jackets and gawk at their beautiful handbags.

You can find out more about them here. 

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