About

Since 2011, T-Project promotes the excellence of Made in Italy materials and production with American designers and brands.

T-Project seamlessly connects American companies with a network of Italian producers, answering the demands of contemporary and luxury brands interested in the renowned excellence of Italian goods and accessories.

T-Project was designed to satisfy the sourcing needs of American fashion brands looking for Italian materials and to facilitate production in Italy. The surrounding area around Florence, the famous “leather district” of Italy, is renowned for the quality of the raw materials and for its unique manufacturing system. The world’s leading brands depend on this system to produce their best leather goods and accessories.

IN NEW YORK: T‐Project has a representative showroom, conveniently located in the Garment District, where a professional consulting and sales team can assist you in sourcing the best materials and components and show you the latest collections of T‐Project network by Italian vendors. In our showroom, we also organize seasonal presentations, courses, workshops and trends seminars with leading Italian and International experts.

IN ITALY: T‐Project offers targeted solutions to fashion brands production needs. We can provide exceptional support during concept, design, modeling, prototyping and sampling, connecting you with the factories that best meet your needs and understand your product.

As a complete consulting service, from the initial nascent ideas of your collection theme, to the stages of creation into final production, shipment, and follow‐up, T‐Project is by your side, simplifying the entire process. Your ideas come to fruition with our help.

Bridge between Italy and the USA

T‐Project was founded by Laura Chini, a leading expert of the Tuscan leather goods industry in Italy and with the support of American and Italian partners. They have assembled a network of top‐quality leather companies, skilled manufacturers, expert technicians, consultants and a trained multilingual team to establish T-Project as a bridge between the two countries.

Consulting Through Full-Service Production Guidance

Mrs. Chini consults as a production manager for International fashion brands that she introduces personally to selected factories, that later will be entrusted with the production of their leather goods. Frequent visits, and constant communication with the factories are the keys for a long-lasting and productive partnership based on trust.

Thanks to her know-how and decades of experience, T-Project has selected some of the most important and innovative Italian companies, able to offer 360-degree-service for American brands.

Laura Chini's bio

30 Years of Market Expertise

Laura Chini has over three decades of experience as an expert in the Tuscan leather-goods industry. She possesses an unparalleled understanding of the production process and the dynamics of the Tuscan leather district manufacturing system from when it was born, a system which encompasses over 2,500 factories specialized in producing luxury handbags and leather accessories in and around Florence, Italy.

Trusted Overseer

Ms. Chini is also a management consultant for international fashion brands that she introduces personally to select factories, who are entrusted with the production of their leather goods. Frequent visits, and constant communication with the factories are the keys for a long-lasting and productive partnership based on trust. For over 6 years, she coordinated Gucci’s supply chain management between productions in Italy.

Network Catalyst

Ms. Chini has emerged as a pivotal figure in the development of factory networks, the newest concept in regional production. Each factory maintains an independent structure, but works within a network headed by a leading factory that is specialized in prototype development and the production cycle.

To date, Laura Chini has been involved in the organization of six networks of factories, including a total of 72 companies employing 1200 people. Her skills, vision and know-how have optimized the production process. Through the strategic placement of machinery, contract renegotiation and financing, Ms. Chini has heightened efficiency and competitiveness.

Training Innovations

Since 2005, Laura has been the director of the Alta Scuola di Pelletteria Italiana in Florence (School of Italian Leather Goods). During her tenure, she has transformed the school into a creative lab, where students master the art of making accessories from design, development, production and quality control. The school has become a fertile ground for veteran professionals to transfer centuries-old knowledge, dating back to the Medici family, to a new generation of artisans. Founding partners of the school, along with local institutions are Gucci, Prada and Céline.

Recently Ms. Chini has accepted a new collaboration with Palazzo Pucci Events & Academy in Florence, Italy. Palazzo Pucci Fashion Academy is an academy of excellence, equipped with the latest technologies and a program that fully meets the needs of today’s fashion accessories market. As a co-founder, she is responsible for all aspects related to the high-level training of professional figures for the fashion business.