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Many individual processes are required before the bag is complete.

To celebrate the launch of the BOSS Bespoke bag, we travelled to Florence, Italy to gain an exclusive insight into the traditional craftsmanship and obsessive attention to detail behind every bag, from first cut to final stitch.

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BEHIND THE SCENES IN FLORENCETHE MAKING OF THE BOSS BESPOKE BAG

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In the middle of an industrial hub just outside Florence, Italy, lies a gem. The HUGO BOSS Development Centre has been the home of luxury leather craftsmanship for decades and is where the story of the Bespoke bag begins.

We’re welcomed by Signore Graziano, a master craftsman who has been honing his skills for over 35 years. Each Bespoke bag is created one at a time, and a dedicated craftsman is responsible for every individual process in its construction, lending each piece unique character. Join us as we’re offered a glimpse into the time-honoured traditions and skilled worksmanship that set the Bespoke apart.

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The BOSS Bespoke bag is crafted from premium quality Italian leather.

The first step begins with the perfect leather. Using a strict selection process, only the highest-grade calfskin makes the cut, which is then chrome tanned for a rich, full finish. Using a medley of specialist tools, the leather is skived and cut before being bound with butter-soft nappa leather.

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Each piece of the pattern is cut with care and precision.

Next, the Bespoke begins to take shape, and each individual piece is assembled. The leather is first placed onto moulds to achieve the bag’s distinctive, structured shape and hammered into place.

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An artisan stitches the gusset of the bag by hand.

Once stitched, every edge and seam is then meticulously painted by hand.

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Carefully screwed into place, the closure is inspired by menswear cufflinks.

It’s at this stage that the craftsmen begin to add the Bespoke’s unique hardware. Inspired by the BOSS Menswear archives, the signature cufflink turn lock is handcrafted, striking the perfect balance between masculine and feminine.

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Made in Italy: the interior of the BOSS Bespoke bag is hand- embossed.

Now that the bag is complete, there’s only one thing left to do: Signore Graziano proudly stamps it, ‘Made in Italy.’

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Many individual processes are required before the bag is complete.

Many individual processes are required before the bag is complete.

Creating a paper model is an important part of the design process, as it allows the shape and construction of the bag to be refined before the first prototype is realized.

Creating a paper model is an important part of the design process, as it allows the shape and construction of the bag to be refined before the first prototype is realized.

The BOSS Bespoke bag is crafted from premium quality Italian leather.

The BOSS Bespoke bag is crafted from premium quality Italian leather.

The thickness of each piece of leather is measured before the bag is constructed, to ensure perfect craftsmanship.

The thickness of each piece of leather is measured before the bag is constructed, to ensure perfect craftsmanship.

Each piece of the pattern is cut with care and precision.

Each piece of the pattern is cut with care and precision.

The base of the bag is carefully stitched to the body, to ensure a perfect line.

The base of the bag is carefully stitched to the body, to ensure a perfect line.

An artisan stitches the gusset of the bag by hand.

An artisan stitches the gusset of the bag by hand.

Carefully screwed into place, the closure is inspired by menswear cufflinks.

Carefully screwed into place, the closure is inspired by menswear cufflinks.

To mount the BOSS Bespoke bag lock, two small holes are carefully created in the leather to support the cufflink closure.

To mount the BOSS Bespoke bag lock, two small holes are carefully created in the leather to support the cufflink closure.

The BOSS Bespoke closure is hand-placed on both sides of the bag.

The BOSS Bespoke closure is hand-placed on both sides of the bag.

Traditional metal blocks are used to emboss the leather.

Traditional metal blocks are used to emboss the leather.

Made in Italy: the interior of the BOSS Bespoke bag is hand- embossed.

Made in Italy: the interior of the BOSS Bespoke bag is hand- embossed.

Each bag is crafted with precision using traditional leatherworking techniques.

Each bag is crafted with precision using traditional leatherworking techniques.

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