Florence and areas nearby are called the “leather district” of Italy, 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.
Today, the competence, knowledge and flexibility of their artisans, along with top-notch machinery and advanced equipment make the leather goods industry a flagship of Italian excellence. Having highly experienced and technologically advanced human resources allows us to offer our customers the best answers in terms of quality, workmanship, and cost.
HANDBAG PRODUCTION IN ITALY: DEVELOPMENT PROCESS
T-PROJECT IS ON YOUR SIDE FROM CONCEPT TO SAMPLE
The process starts by understanding the client’s intent and design, and working directly with pattern makers and suppliers in Italy to develop a final product that best meet client needs.
In our showroom in New York City, clients not only find the best raw materials, but a source of inspiration for their creative process. Through T‐Project consultation and by delving into our archives, samples and catalogs, designers can preview the latest trends and collections of our partners and study a selection of their innovative products that are on display.
We take the time to sit down and analyze the design with our clients. Face‐to‐face meetings generate a wide variety of immediate options and solutions, and, most importantly, establish a trusted partnership on both ends.
T‐Project works with a highly skilled Tuscan “modelleria” (patternmaking company) to develop samples so that your brand has access to professional pattern and sample makers who are expertly trained in handcrafting. These quality craftspeople create for leading global luxury brands.
Using prototype models, clients have the opportunity to better understand the characteristics of the item, such as: measures, shape, proportion, dimension, portability, etc. Having a sample in their hands, allows clients to make quicker decisions and immediate changes. Once the client approves the first sample, the production of the final sample is completed in Tuscany according to final instructions. T‐Project aims to provide a final sample resembling as much as possible to the original design.
T‐Project helps designers test and refine the functionality of designs to determine the best materials, saving time and resources. Using cutting‐edge 3D computer graphics software, T‐Project can elaborate detailed 1:1 prototypes for handbags, shoes, hardware, and more. Once the specification requirements have been interpreted and agreed upon, the production managers as well as the prototype technicians proceed with the master creation.
During the sampling phase, product manuals and technical data sheets are prepared for each item with complete details, such as: CAD patterns, the bill of materials, production method and time.
According to the demands and clients’ needs, T‐Project prepares a detailed and personalized estimate, based on the work plan and design, before starting production. The client has the opportunity to approve the final sample and the related costs before production begins, avoiding common mistakes and misunderstandings. This also allows us to create a more conscious, trusting and responsible relationship with both parties.
Ultimately, this is T‐Project’s reason for being; after many successful years as consultants and facilitators of the best of Made in Italy, the founders want to give back to the wonderful maestri spread across this region. Bringing new clients to these time‐honored houses of craftsmanship is the best way to help ensure that these institutions of excellence last.
T‐Project gives back by keeping the best craftsmen engaged with the most innovative designers of the day, from across the world.
SHOE PRODUCTION IN ITALY: DEVELOPMENT PROCESS
PRODUCTION IN ITALY IS POSSIBLE, IF YOU HAVE THE RIGHT PARTNERS
After the client sends us the sketches, we find the factory that can best produce the type of articles at the requested price. After that, we make or research all the components needed to make the shoe:
Lasts are based on the style and height. We usually make a mold that can be used for several models. Ideally, as the sketches are never so detailed, it would be better to send shoes or photos to better understand the shape (tip).
Heels: we usually suggest to our clients to send us drawings or photos of the heels to find something similar and already existing on the market. Otherwise, creating your own heel models can be very expensive.
Molds: their cost depends on the shoe’s complexity. We also have to make different sizes, minimum 4 for production, so it becomes a costly but clearly an exclusive investment.
Other components, such as sole, insole and different accessories, are managed directly by us, according to the model and the design.
Uppers: according to the drawing a paper pattern is made, from which we then cut the prototype.
Our team offers technical advice, which means that based on the customer’s request on the model, construction, price, etc., we seek and create components, finding the right company that can build the shoe and respect customer requests.
During the prototyping phase, which generally involves 2 rounds of prototypes, changes are made to the shape and model and the first set-up begins on the fit. After that, we move on to the final sample. Our studio manages directly the orders of the components, to ensure proper timing of deliveries and the quality that the customer wants.
Price and timing planning
Packaging realization, for new customers
Planning productions deliveries
The production team receives the orders from the customer, checks that everything is correct, and creates a technical sheet to send to the shoe factory. Everyone then follows all the orders of the components step by step to make sure that the timing is respected.
3 weeks: from the drawing to the first prototype
2 weeks: from the correction of the first prototype to the second prototype
4 weeks: from the approval or correction of the second prototype to the final sample
Twice a year, T-PROJECT hosts trend seminars for shoes and bags professionals who work on design, sourcing and merchandising.
The seminars are conducted by prestigious global forecasters and analyze the four major global trends that are emerging in the footwear and handbags market.
Concepts: colors & inspirational images
Designs: shapes, volumes for woman and man shoes, sneakers and handbags
Materials: leathers, textiles & synthetics, soles & heels, accessories & components, finishing
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T-PROJECT, in collaboration with International Trade Shows organizes demonstrative seminars on how to apply the most innovative techniques and materials to the hottest styles of leather goods.
Focus on elements of bags and shoes, made with innovative materials and special processing and application techniques that enhance the unique details of the items made.
Through the explanations of an International scouting expert, a master technician and the material makers, and with the support of images and samples already prepared, participants will have the opportunity to evaluate the technical and aesthetic features, which emphasize style and contemporary mood.
IN NEW YORK
Twice a year, T-PROJECT offers 5-days Leather Handbag Course in our showroom in New York City
Participants will have the opportunity to deepen their knowledge of the production process of a luxury good. Mr. Lombardo will cover all basic training subjects and the pattern-making module,
focusing on the processes of production of different types of handbag constructions and the materials used in each stage of the process.
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IN FLORENCE, ITALY
In collaboration with Palazzo Pucci Fashion Academy, T-Project offers 5-weeks Handbag Pattern Making and Prototyping Course in the prestigious Palazzo Pucci, in the center of Florence, Italy
It’s a unique opportunity to deepen your knowledge and skill in pattern making of high-end handbags directly in the “leather district” of Italy, renowned for the quality of the raw materials and for its unique manufacturing system.