The Cuoio Franzi, also known as "Franzino", is a particular leather characterized by a special texture that has become one of the references in the luxury leather goods sector worldwide.
This iconic pattern was traditionally obtained by processing the leather while still soaked with vegetable agents during the tanning process. The leather was rolled up following a diagonal line, first in a certain direction and then in the perpendicular one.
From the moment of its conception, the Cuoio Franzi obtained immediate success and became one of the most used materials in various sectors.
Even today it is renowned for its softness, versatility and resistance, as well as for its durable and bright colours.
Cuoio Franzi was developed in the early 1900s, in the laboratories of the Conceria Monzese, founded by Oreste Franzi in 1912. Oreste’s goal was to tan leather with innovative and eco-sustainable techniques learned in the Far East.
In addition to being used for leather accessories, Cuoio Franzi was used for the interiors of luxury trains and period cruise-liners such as the Raffaello and Michelangelo.
In the decade between 1960 and 1970, with the ascent of design in the automotive industry, Cuoio Franzi's success rose and rose.
Famous names, such as Pininfarina and Bertone, used Cuoio Franzi to upholster the interiors of various Maserati and Ferrari models, such us the Ferrari 330 GTs.
Amongst other sectors that appreciated the qualities of Cuoio Franzi, were the furniture and design sectors.
Prestigious studios, such as De Padova in Milan, used Cuoio Franzi to cover armchairs, sofas and other decorative objects.