LA STORIA DI FIRENZE
Our history begins in the XIX century, in via de’ Cerretani, in the hearth of Florence. It is here that Eugenio Ottino starts his activity following the old Florentine art and Tuscan tradition of the leather trade.
Now, as in the older days, Ottino collaborates with the artisans in town and the surrounding territory, creating bags and leather accessories of the finest handmade quality. All the production uses the best leather, tanned and worked exclusively by expert hands of local craftsmen.
As the years go by, the name of the family becomes an institution in Florence and internationally; thanks above all to word of mouth of foreign customers in love with Ottino products: authentic, Italian, almost eternal.
Since always, confident of the importance of an ethical approach towards production and sales, the brand offers his clients, complete assistance in the maintenance of the products well over the years of the purchase.
This is the reason why, today, we prefer more and more natural tanned hides, sustainable fabric, accessories created with recycled materials, scarfs and hand made textiles.
Ottino is a family story. The founder Eugenio was joined by his son Massimo, followed by Paolo and now Virginia. The shop has always remained true to its town, Florence. To its history. Through the years of the Grand Tour at the end of the eighteen hundred, the wars, the flood of November 4th 1966 up to the present days with the increase of cosmopolitan tourism. It is thanks to the commitment and passion of each member of the family that this activity has been kept alive for four generations.
If Massimo affirmed the name of the company in town, Paolo conquered the Japanese market and also moved the shop in Via Porta Rossa, an area of town that better reflects Ottino’s identity. Today Virginia, first woman at the head of the business, carries on the family tradition with total dedication, reinterpreting, in a modern key, the values of the brand. This without neglecting the essential characteristics of local craftsmanship and the Made in Italy quality so very much appreciated by her customers.