Handmade leather working

History

From 1946, BONINO creates handcrafted products made to enrich the refined style of an exclusive and elegant public. Starting from the Fifties, in the first artisan laboratory, in via Cavallerizza, Chiaia, the master Gaetano Bonino, guardian of the most ancient manufacturing tradition Made in Italy, started to create customised and made-to-measure items to please the Neapolitan nobility’s requests. In the Sixties, although continuing the own handcrafted production without leaving out the search for perfection and care for detail, with industrial development of serial machining, BONINO flanks, with its extraordinary experience, the most prestigious international fashion brands, giving collaboration in special research projects and making unique creations. In the following years, by transferring in the actual laboratory in Bagnoli, BONINO becomes a reality being able to transform and innovate continuously making any project into high quality artisan products. In fact, elegant seasonal collections and made-to-measure items are made using prestigious materials like leather, precious fur, fabric, horn and silver, being able to arouse unmistakable emotions.

Handcraft production and Made in Italy

Production

The supplies of materials used by BONINO are meticulously checked in accordance with the italian regulation about slaughtering, as prescribed by Legislative Decree n.333 of September 1th 1998 implementing directive 93/119/CE concerning the protection of animals during slaughter or killing. Certified leathers are selected within the company and meant to an accurate production according to the most important qualitative standards. It is offered a wide range of products which includes leather bags, small leather goods, belts, wallets, work products, luggage and luxury accessories.

First choice leathers only

Materials

Skins of calf, lamb and goat coming exclusively from european farms are made by italian companies with European Quality Certificate, where the raw material is treated with the utmost respect of the stricter regulations anti-pollution. We select, from these companies, only first-choice and full-grain leathers (the most precious part, the surface, where it is possible to see the pore and the grains of leather), dyed in barrels with natural aniline. Reptiles like crocodile, pythone, alligator, caiman and exotic skins like shark and pure-bred respond to the need of producing exclusive and refined items. Metals and small metal parts: locks, chains, rings, hooks, clamps, eyelets and different ornaments are subjected to strict electroplating tests to verify respect for the resistance to the manipulation, strength and resilience standards. Yarns: hand sewing and by sewing machine are realized with the most precious yarns on the market, like linen and cotton, selected for the different usages. Tissues: jute, cotton, wool, silk and cachemire are strictly natural and handmade by production companies.

Handmade leather working

Treatments

Dyeing:
leather is swabbed and hand-dyed by master craftsmen with colourings and natural fixing agents in the most uniform possible way.
Smoothing:
leather, after the dyeing, is rubbed down by hand with a smooth and rough stone closing pores, stretching fibers and giving leather a natural and long lasting gloss.
Cut:
after having done the paper pattern of the product, the leather is cut rigorously by hand with a particular tool called “lancetta” , selectioning, for each piece, the best veins of the leather.
Fleshing:
it consists of fining with specific knives every part of leather that makes the object, based on the trait that part will have when the product is finished.
Raw cut:
it consists of refining edges of the leather parts with covering dye (made with wax, resin and natural colourings) that is applied on the edges and left to dry in the air, having a perfect sealing.
Sewing:
for the stiches we use fine linen yarn which is lubricated with beeswax to avoid a defibrated material and to guarantee a durable sewing.
Appliances:
after the assembly of the parts, including metal accessories and lining, the product is cleaned, nourished with fats and wax and retouched its details proceeding finally with steam ironing.
Quality control:
it consists of making sure the product conforms to the technical requirements it is made of, according to rigorous company parameters. Then, each product has a serial number to be distinguished in a univocal way.