The meticulous skills of Florentine craftsmen were symbolic of the Renaissance and continue even today to provide the artistic heartbeat of Florence. Today’s Italian fashion industry traces its roots back to the 15th-century court of Catherine de Medici in Florence. After World War II Florence became the center of Italian high fashion and fine handbag making. Even today Florence remains the epicentre of the world’s finest leather goods manufacturing.
The master craftsmen who bring to life KNEED’s exquisite designs are among the remaining few who were trained from youth in the best Guild tradition. Their gift to KNEED is an unrivalled knowledge of how to transform a sketch on paper into a beautiful, modern leather handbag. A KNEED handbag can take up to 29 hours to make, and pass through as many as 12 artisans’ hands.
The creative team select a beautiful leather for each handbag design rather like a master perfumer chooses different notes to provide balance to the overall scent. Fine Italian leathers are tanned for a look that is both timeless and contemporary, and to provide a supple, natural hand. The leather construction is enhanced by a range of exquisite sophisticated trims, handle constructions, and jewellery chains as shoulder straps, ensuring that each bag has a multitude of ways to be worn and admired.