Bianchi and Nardi, history of a prestigious boutique

The year was 1946 when two Florentine leather craftsmen, Mario Bianchi and Aldemaro Nardi, opened a small workshop in the central area of Florence with the aim of producing handbags in fine leathers, such as crocodile, ostrich and lizard, following the finest Made in Italy craftsmanship tradition.

Subsequently, with the onset of the economic boom, Bianchi and Nardi moved their handbag production to Scandicci, which was establishing itself as the fashion district. Here Bianchi and Nardi continued the development and innovation of their brand, combining traditional craftsmanship with cutting-edge technology. The characteristics of their production are the choice of the finest leathers, strictly Italian tanning and an almost maniacal care in the various processing phases.

The bags, which are checked several times during production, take shape in the skilful hands of craftsmen who carry out numerous operations by hand. These include the threading, a real embroidery on the bags that amazes and enchants, and the painting of the precious leathers in the brand’s exclusive designs.

The most precious machine in the Bianchi e Nardi factory is the one that performs the agatatura: the leather, after being prepared, is worked in contact with agate, which has the capacity to make crocodile leather bags shine with a splendour that enchants at first glance.

No less than three generations have succeeded one another in more than 70 years at the helm of the brand, making work with leather a unique relationship capable of transforming simple ideas into precious creations. Exclusive techniques, all aimed at the pursuit of perfection, have been handed down within these generations with extreme confidentiality and many operations are secret.

Where to buy crocodile bags in Milan

If you are interested in crocodile handbags or a handmade lizard bag, you can rely on Daniele Giovani’s e-commerce. Visit the “Buy online” section on our website and have a look at the best products from the Bianchi and Nardi boutique and their leather workshop in Milan.