Scuola del Cuoio

This leather school in Florence was founded after World War II to give war orphans a useful trade. You can watch students create leather goods, and purchase wallets, belts, handbags, brief cases, luggage, clothing and desk accessories. Steve got a gorgeous leather jacket, and was able to have his initials embossed on the inside pocket. The craftsman put the letters, which looked like little printers’ blocks, into a bronze contraption that held them in place, then put them into a fire for a couple of minutes. He then placed the hot tool onto a sheet of gold foil on the jacket and “burned” in the initials.