La Vacchetta Grassa was founded in the old town centre in 1979, maintaining the centuries-long Modenese tradition of working vegetable tanned leather. Our workshop has continued to hand down this legacy from the time that Omar Baraldi, a young art teacher of the creative generation of the '70s, decided to give a new meaning to the age-old leather craft of leather work by choosing the most difficult path, inspired by the emblematic Latin motto Avia Pervia “(let)difficult paths (be made) easy to walk” in the coat of arms of the City of Modena: by creating new clothing accessories not manufactured on commission but personally designed.
This approach to the work has given rise to ongoing collections of belts, bags and wallets that, over time, created a recognized style and identity that spontaneously gave birth to the La Vacchetta Grassa brand: a brand symbolizing truth derived from the use of the raw material without compromises.
Over time, the vegetable-tanned leather was joined by prized leathers such as python, crocodile and ray skin leather tanned using the Galuchat method.
Today, the workshop occupies two floors of the fifteenth century Palazzo Barbanti Silva Bulli at Corso Canalchiaro 42/44, located by choice near the Cathedral and the Ghirlandina Tower, designed World Heritage sites by Unesco in 1977.
It houses the second generation of leather craftsmen selected over years of searching because they have the task of giving continuity to a history of ancient origins, a story of redemption, a typical Modenese story.
The result of dedication and artisan skill, all products are of the highest quality and can be purchased in the store of the workshop’s ground floor.