Since that time the tanning industry, mainly the Tuscan one, is considered a world leader for the various techniques and technologies. Today the leather district is made up of small and medium-sized enterprises, each of them specialized by type of processing and by product destination. From the point of view of quality, the Italian product, but specially the Tuscan one, is considered the first in the world.
As for the leather masters (the first present since the 1300s) they carried out their trade on the banks of the Arno river and then moved to Piazza Santa Croce, where via delle Conce and Via dei Conciatori still exist. Over the centuries, the profession of these Florentine workers has increasingly refined becoming the flagship of Tuscan craftsmanship. By the second half of the 18th century the leather district had extended to 20 municipalities among the provinces of Florence, Pisa and Arezzo. It is in Florence that leather goods reign supreme with artisan workshops scattered around its province. In the center of Florence it is very easy to immerse yourself in one shop and another.