Founded in 1989 by Forleo Giovanni, as a luxury leather producer in handmade exclusive belts. In 1996 the company has changed is name into Paolo Vitale, the grandfather of the current owners. The business is inherited by the grandsons, Mino and Paolo. A change in generation secured the future, keeping the Paolo Vitale company recognizable. Paolo Vitale specialized themselves in craftmanship specifically using exotic materials. The high-quality characteristics of the products are addressed to the most demanding customers: the Handmade in Italy sign, the handcraft production carried by their skilled staff. The creation of domestic handmade dyes is following exclusive techniques, buckles with handmade stitching, accessories made of steel, solid brass or sterling silver.
The production process
The first step of Paolo Vitale’s production concerns the choice of raw materials which are carefully selected and cut. Each section is dyed and then washed to discharge the colour in excess. Later each part is dried at room temperature; the main aim is not to de-hydrate the leather. The dyes used by Paolo Vitale are exclusive because they are handmade internally. Each section has its own perfection process as the polishing system (thanks to different waxes or nutritious creams) or the hot ironing process to fix and intensify the colour, increase the resistance of the dye used and tone the shadings. Furthermore, all calf leather belts are guaranteed by the Washington declaration, while exotic leather belts (such as snakes, lizard, crocodiles and pythons) are guaranteed by the C.I.T.E.S. certificate. Exotic leathers require more attention and many brushing procedures to get the best result. The brushing process in these leathers is made very slowly in order to preserve the precious skins. The technique used to make the buckle is made following the moulding process which is the same procedure used in the craft of jewellery. All metal components are smoothed, cleaned and rounded thanks to sandblasting and polishing methods. As details make the difference the pin-closure in the buckle remind the selected exotic skin to coordinate and complete this piece of jewellery.