Il Bussetto | Italy
was founded in 2004 by Mauro Gobbi in Milano. After many years spent in the leather trade and in the production of leather goods, he was attracted by a unique and special Tuscan leather craft technique. This distinctive method allows the production of small leather goods moulded on wooden modes and devoid of any seams. He was charmed by these styles that transmitted tradition and originality, while expressing high craftsmanship ability.
Mauro believed that these products would bear an unmistakable signature, which would render them unique and recognizable. He also believed that tradition should meet the demands of contemporary life, so he dedicated his efforts to create shapes updated for the modern day.
When it came to the practical realization of the project, Mauro had to confront the challenge of the lack of experienced and organized workshops, the ageing craftsmen, without younger apprentices, and limited production capacity.
Mauro then decided to draw on his experience in small leather goods production. He saw real value in the considerable Asian abilites in the skilful production of small leather goods. Hence he established a collaboration, with a long time Asian partner, in order to train craftsmen from Asia in Italy; and to develop production systematically.
"THE BEAUTIFUL PRODUCT RANGE OF IL BUSSETTO TODAY IS THE RESULT OF THE VISION OF ITS FOUNDER, IT REFLECTS HIS PAINSTAKING EFFORTS TO REACH THE HIGHEST QUALITY STANDARDS, SO EVERY SINGLE CUSTOMER CAN BE SURE TO CARRY WITH THEM SOMETHING UNIQUE AND PRECIOUS."
After a long run-in phase the project took off, and now more than 40 skilled craftsmen work full time on the production of Il Bussetto in Thailand. Even though the production capacity has increased over the years; this is still a niche product, requiring long lead times that are not suitable for mass production. Bearing these product characteristics in mind, the selection of retailers has concentrated on shops with a clear and identifiable focus on original, hand crafted products. This has allowed many very fruitful relationships, reaching consumers attracted by the idea of carrying unique, hand made products.
The beautiful product range of Il Bussetto today is the result of the vision of its founder, it reflects his painstaking efforts to reach the highest quality standards, so every single customer can be sure to carry with them something unique and precious.