What exactly is a CUCITO, anyway?
We are introducing a new Bosca product line, distinctively named the CUCITO collection. Correctly pronounced coo-chi-toe, the word derives from the Italian verb cuciare – meaning, “to stitch.” Sometimes a product has a feature that is so distinctive, it becomes the heart and soul for that particular product. The CUCITO wallet is such a product.
Why we love the CUCITO collection
There are three really cool things about this collection. First, the wallets are cucito a mano, or, hand stitched. With no stitching machine used during any point of the production process, the wallets boast stitching that shows in a distinctively artistic way. When you see the stitches, you’ll instantly fall in love with the product.
The second great thing about the CUCITO collection is that it is made from vegetable tanned leather, meaning the tannis is extracted from natural vegetable parts such as oak leaves. Typically, vegetable tanning makes for a very stiff product, but the guys at the factory are borderline magicians. Using their secret methods forged from decades of experience, they produce a leather wallet that is as soft as your favorite goose down pillow. The finished wallet wears incredibly well, with a patina that gets better and better with age.
The CUCITO collection is available in four cool colors:
- Rich dark brown, the color of a brownie baked to perfection
- Cuoio, which is a tan that is the color of the traditional shoe sole leather
- Black, which might surprise you to know is one of the most difficult colors to achieve
- Cream, a refined and traditional choice
The distinctive leather comes from our favorite tannery, whom we have worked with for the past several years. The collection is crafted in a factory just outside of Florence, Italy. The owner of the factory is an old, dear friend of the Boscas. Here, our product is made right along side Gucci and Ferragamo products.
We believe that the Cucito collection is modern, original, and inspiring. And, of course, the collection has a sharp Italian name because the Boscas live la dolce vita!
From My Kitchen to Your Office
It was Salsa Verde night at my summer home in Northern Michigan a few weeks ago. This time, it was to go over some freshly caught lake salmon, cooked over the grill. Turned out fantastic… but that is a topic for another blog entry.
What struck me as I was chopping up the parsley was the uniqueness of my new cutting board. I had been originally been drawn to this board for its’ unique aesthetics… but what sealed the deal for me was the tag informing me that this cutting board was engineered from 100% recycled materials, including a by product from the paper industry that looks like confetti in the material. I thought this was very cool.
So here I was, cutting away… very happy with my purchase when that creative light bulb went off. What if we used scrap leather from our manufacturing process to create a new line??!! Not only could it look super sharp but we would be using more of our raw materials.
A few calls to our friends in Italy put me in touch with a great company that utilizes scrap from Italian vegetable-tanned leather. The scrap is bound together and rolled into smooth sheets.
Back to my creative director and her awesome genius- desk sets with an eco-friendly bias for office work. We’re in the testing stage now. So far so good. It is a great writing surface, but it is always asking for another espresso.