“Blessed be the crisis, which takes away improvisers, those without heart and without a dreams, those who wield a business plan and go filling a void of need. These are business school creatures: good workmanship and dreams must resume their place. For all the others: make children to care about. Everything will come your way”
Tommaso Cecchi de ‘Rossi doesn’t lack of dreams and good workmanship. Neither of a family of tanning tradition. He also have creative ideas like the one – and that’s quite tuscan indeed – of producing exclusive accessories following a traditional process of wine pigmentation.
Tommaso is a young artist, grew up in Pistoia and graduated in Agriculture. After his dissertation focused on the market potential of the method of leather coloring based on wine-making residues, he got a first prize at the Florence Expo and numerous articles in various national newspapers. The young tuscan decides to file the first patent and in 2009 together with the Spanish designer Maria Rodriguez Padin, they decided to make a first experience of treatment applied to finished garments: a series of non replicable bags , obtained with his unique method based on pomace.
It all starts with natural extracts of plants such as spinach and carcuma which, added to the pigment then act on the basis of grades, wine’s acidity and treatment times. For the past four years he has been producing handmade handbags and accessories that keep in itself the deepest soul of tuscan vineyards.
Recycling thus, but also innovative design: these are unstructured and jointed products where, adding or subtracting stratification and forms of fabric, you get a complete different object. Opening one bag you get two and moving strings attached with twin steel you switch from a strap to a clutch, finally getting a backpack.
Over time Tommaso has further developed processes and techniques of coloring and has expanded the range of colors thanks to the extract of various – obviously natural – pigments.
Clean, geometric and contemporary lines, therefore, meet an internationally growing desire of eco-friendly and truly unique products: the annual collections of handbags in fact consists of no more than 300 models per year.
In addition there is a painstaking research of materials (such as deerskin, horse-hide and calf) and colors: dark dyes on the outside echo different brilliances in the inside of the bag.
PelleEVino, FiloEVino, CartaEVino are the three brands by Tommaso Cecchi de ‘Rossi, associated with the three major poles of tuscan economy: the tanning in Santa Croce, the paper in Lucca and the textile district in Prato.
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