WAY OF LIFE
TO BOTTEGA: Walter Morgante of Mortegan Leather
January 18, 2022 – 3:25 pm
I recently sat down with Walter Morgante, master of hand-sewn leather goods. Born in Florence, Walter is the son of craftsmen: his father Antonio and his mother Fiorella (née Cenni) made leather jackets and skirts. Walter recalls his early years in a house filled with leather and furs. They had a thriving business for over 20 years, but when Walter was ready to choose a profession, it was time to discuss his future.
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“My father wanted me to be an accountant,” he recalls, “at the time the lira was devalued and being a craftsman was becoming more and more difficult…styles and attitudes towards fashion were changing. Although it didn’t take long for Walter to realize he wasn’t cut out for accounting, he knew he wanted to pursue art and design.
Walter first studied fresco restoration, then spent four years traveling in the United States and worked restoring and making furniture. After a long stay in Dallas and San Francisco, he had the idea of returning to Florence to fulfill his dream of creating a line, combining his love of industrial design with his passion for leather and woodworking.
Energetic and expressive, Walter’s spirit is transmitted not only in his creations, but also in the telling of his story. He is an artist dedicated to his ideals of zero impact, slow fashion and leather as art in many forms. Combining unique materials with products that reflect his background in industrial design, he explains, “You first have to understand that each piece is unique and one-of-a-kind, and the concept that something worth waiting for .
In his bottega on via del Campuccio, there are no machines, the only electricity is the light he needs to work. All of Walter’s products are sewn by hand and most of the necessary tools are easily transported wherever he needs to work. Over the years he has become known for his beautifully styled zaini (backpacks), collaborations with major brands and interior designers who use leather in their creations.
IN BOTTEGA is partnering with Mortegan Leather to promote sustainability in fashion and design, and to support art and culture in Florence.
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