About Frau Leman
How your bag is made
From the designs to choosing leather and hardware to create your bag, wallet, belt or other desired item, everything is done in Frau Leman's tiny florentine workshop.
Hand tools, a sewing machine and two hands are put to use for creating your dream bag.
Most items are made from Italian leather, sourced from Tuscan tanneries. Depending on the item's purpose and the customer's preferences, vegetable or mineral tanned leather is used.
As a small business, sustainability is a necessity in order to be profitable, but also for ethical reasons.
For an artisanal company like Frau Leman, longevity is very important. Locally crafted leather goods made to last avoid waste, and all of Frau Leman's creations are repairable, should the teeth of time bite down too hard.
Frau Leman purchases most leather from stockists who sell left over leather from large-scale orders. This surplus is created by larger brands ordering too much or tanneries selling less than anticipated of certain articles. Frau Leman also sources “scraps” from Italian leather factories, which are often entire leather hides with only one piece cut from it, or discarded for small blemishes. This way, nothing new has to be produced.
Our aim is to produce as many items as possible "to order", which means that you as a customer come to Frau Leman and together, we adapt an existing design or create a new one. This way, Frau Leman is able to avoid overproduction and efforts to manage inventory.
We favour locally manufactured or sold leather, fabric, hardware and other components necessary for running a leather workshop.
Frau Leman was founded in 2019 in the heart of Florence, one of the most famous places for all things leather related.
After her training to become a bag maker in Berlin, Germany, Stephanie came to work in Florence. She fell in love with this city, like so many others, and decided to stay. After more than a year of working for a long-established florentine leather brand, she felt ready to start her own business.