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Leather School Bespoke Experience

Founded after the World War II, Scuola del Cuoio (which means Leather School in italian) has been an expert on leather for over sixty years, expressing truly handmade italian craftsmanship. It was founded through the collaboration of Franciscan friars from the Basilica of Santa Croce and the families Gori and Casini, leather artisans since 1930. The aim was to provide the Second World War orphan children the possibility of teaching them the art of leather craftsmanship.

As well as learning how to make bags, suitcases and wallets, they learned the art of gilding leather using 22 carat gold. Later on this initiative was recognized by the Italian Ministery of Foreign Affairs, which gave the importance of the social role to Scuola del Cuoio, with many of those children having later become professional artisans, representing the true Made in Italy originality and impeccability.

 

We are able to offer you a totally unique bespoke experience, offered exclusively to , which embraces theory, heritage and creativity as well as the possibility of making your own unique handmade "jewel-bag" with the artisan Francesca, one of Gori's daughters, and visiting the leather storage in order to personally choose your materials and one of-a-kind accessories. Then you will complete the whole unique experience with a hands-on lesson by building your own leather article. In the end of the private visit (where you will have the whole establishment closed for you with the professionals at your full disposal) you will receive a small gift gilded with your initials in 22 carat gold.

Schedule Example*


Day One (from 6:00pm to 8:00pm)
Private visit (having the entire school open only and exclusively for you) and tour with Laura Gori, one of the daughters of the founder. Afterwards, if you desire, you will start your personal design experience with the artisan Francesca Gori, who will be at your full disposal for the entire time after the private visit.

Day Two
Option A:
Hands-on Private Lesson Half Day Course (from 10:30am to 1:30pm)

The half day course starts with an introduction to the history and the activities developed by Scuola del Cuoio as well as a short lesson on the materials used in order to create leather pieces. Afterwards, you will be able to enter the laboratory where the master leather craftsman will teach you how to cut, assemble and finish a book cover for a travel diary or made-to-measure leather belt, taking the finished product away with you.

Option B:
Hands-on Private Lesson Full Day Course (from10:30am to 1:30pm then 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm)

You will experience a day which will start with the introduction to the history and activities developed by Scuola del Cuoio as well as a short lesson on the materials used in order to create leather pieces. You will assemble and finish a shoulder bag, a photoframe or a made-to-measure leather belt, to then take the finished product away with you.
* Please note that this service is not available on Sundays. Saturday visits and lessons available only upon request.

Terms of Payment

Visa or MasterCard. A card holder name is necessary, as well as a credit card number, expiry date, ccv (the last 3 digits on the back of the card) in order to proceed with the booking.

 

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations more than 60 working days before the visit date will be subject to a 30% penalty of the total amount. Cancellations less than 60 working days before the visit date will not be refundable.