Historical and precious leathers
The Bagatti Valsecchi Museum hosts an interesting collection of Italian artisanally made leather goods from 15th and 16th centuries. It ranges from weapons cases and containers to gunpowder flasks and the “rotella”, a type of shield used for decorative purposes in parades. Leather is one of the reoccurring elements, together with metal, always present in warrior’s equipment of every age. We will visit a famous Boots Manufacture in Milan, close to the barrack that hosted the Savoy Cavalry regiment. This workshop is an excellence in leather manufacturing holding the heritage and the experience of master’s shoemakers who produced boots for the regiment. In the elegant atelier you can order shoes hand-made and hand-sewn in every step: from the foot imprint on paper, to the template and shapes production, and finally the upper.
Details: departure point Bagatti Valsecchi Museum in Milan, duration 2,30 hours.
Photo courtesy: Dario Garofalo, Emanuele Zamponi
The Cologni Foundation for the Métiers d’Art is a private non-profit organisation founded in Milan in 1995 by its President Franco Cologni. The Foundation promotes a range of cultural, scientific and educational projects, aimed at protecting and fostering the arts and crafts. The “Mestieri d’Arte” and “Ricerche” book series (published by Marsilio) narrate the history of this outstanding heritage, from its origin to the present day, examining both the great tradition of Italian know-how and new interpretations of contemporary craftsmanship. The book series “Storietalentuose”, published by Carthusia, introduces children to the fascinating world of Italian artistic crafts. The Cologni Foundation created the magazine Arts & Crafts & Design, published by Swan Group, dedicated to the excellence of the “Made in Italy” hallmark. The Cologni Foundation actively supports the training of young people in high-skilled craftsmanship and their integration into the labour market with its internship project “A School, a Job. A Road to Excellence”. www.fondazionecologni.it