Trip to Italy
On my recent trip to Italy I visited the Ausonia Tannery in Santa Croce sull’Arno near Florence. Rowland Leather has been buying leather from this tannery for about eight years now.
Travelling by train through parts of Florence and Tuscany, I arrived at the station in San Romano. I was warmly greeted by Maurizio, the gentleman I have been dealing with at Ausonia over the years.
The tannery is a beautiful, state-of-the-art, computerized complex. With Maurizio as a tour guide, I learned how Ausonia processes the raw leather they purchase from France.
These leathers are organic products, easy to recycle. As well as supplying Rowland Leather, Ausonia supplies leather to the world’s top designers at Gucci, Hermes and Louis Vuitton.
Before leaving Ausonia, I sat down with Maurizio to select and custom-order the beautiful leather.
This leather has now arrived and I'm using it to produce my handbags and briefcases.