The Bridge brand was created in 1975 and immediately stood our for the production and distribution of high-end leather goods and accessories and for the strong connotation of its products.
Products include luggage, travel bags, briefcases, women’s handbags and small leather goods, totalling over 500 references. Some models, such as briefcases, medical bags or shoulder bags for women, have become true icons of style and are still some of the most popular items in the market. Each product is made with exclusive traditional techniques and becomes a unique item with a strong personality only after many processes and controls. With its creations, The Bridge targets those customers who love classic elegance and discreet luxury combined with functionality, independently of fashion trends, and offers utmost attention to quality and detail. Full-grain leather, traditional treatments, brass accessories: these are the brand’s hallmarks.
The Bridge always favours the naturalness and quality of hides. The Company uses only the best full-grain leather and the most highly-performing hides from selected, reared animals, thus ensuring high quality raw materials and uniform grain, without scratches or imperfections. Leather is still treated according to the traditional techniques of the Florentine workshop, only by hand. During the tanning process, priority is given to vegetable tannins, animal fat and natural dyes. This way, skin obtains that transparency and coating that, with its use, make it more pleasant to the eye and to the touch.
The Company was established in 1969 in Scandicci, a then small village on the outskirts of Florence. Set up by five partners, the Company immediately stood out for the production of bags and accessories featuring a sharply characterized style. The great artisan workshop on the outskirts of Florence produced high quality products, made with exclusive materials and unique treatments. A classic elegance independents from fashion trends. The “Made in Italy” value, embodied in the typical manufacturing processes of the Florentine workshop, was combined with sharply “English style” aesthetics. This gave rise to an Anglo-Tuscan style which would inspire many others in the coming years. In the collections of the early years, which were sold under The Bridge brand, the undisputed star was leather, for which only full-grain hides of national origin were used.
The best, strictly vegetable-tanned hide was and is still treated according to the most rigorous traditional techniques, from tanning to dyeing up to polishing with amber rollers. The result is soft and elastic leather, with a vivid and bright appearance that acquires over time that special, worn and unmistakable charm that is so typical of all The Bridge products.
In 1987, when the Company moved to its current premises in the industrial district of Scandicci, it developed from a large workshop into an actual industrial reality. Since then, the Company has become an increasingly important business for the province and the region itself.
About 100 employees work at the Company’s headquarter in Scandicci, where its management and commercial activity, style, product development and marketing activities are pursued. Production is carried out at affiliated units spread across Italy and abroad. Over the years, the Company has established consolidated relations with expert suppliers all over Tuscany, who have been selected according to very high production and research standards, with the objective of enhancing the value of what is “Made in Florence”.
These long-term relationships have allowed the Company to maintain constant high quality and to engage in research and development of new solutions tailored to specific product needs. In recent years, the Company’s manufacturing capacity has been implemented by including in its production process a manufacturing facility in Eastern Europe with approximately 300 highly specialized workers, owned by a company which the Group has a significant stake in. Only the best hides are selected and are treated with traditional techniques combined with the latest technology, always striving for better quality along with utmost respect for the environment. Only the best fabrics, from cotton to synthetic ones, are used for linings and ribbons, while Italian and German yarns, the most resistant in the market, are carefully selected according to their
different use for seams.