a trade where tradition, experience, creativity and sweat are still fundamental to the processing. A trade where technology and innovation are extremely important, but where hands, only man’s hands can give leather processing the quality it deserves. It is 1955 when Ivo Nuti opened his first tannery (Conceria Nuti Ivo) in Santa Croce Sull’Arno, with 15 employees, to produce suede splits for footwear. We are in the midst of an economic boom and production fills orders in parallel with an Italy that is growing quickly, and consequently the plants and employees also increase, transforming Nuti Ivo into a true point of reference for the industry.
Ivo Nuti used to tell this anecdote: «In those years there was no need to go out and sell the skins; the footwear and leather goods manufacturers came to get them from the tannery. They didn’t even give us time to finish them. As soon as we’d finished processing they rushed them out of the warehouse. The world turned, well-being was there for everyone». 15 years have gone by since the company opened and it becomes immediately clear that if we are to grow further something has to change.
Ivo can count on his renowned specialist mastery (it was no mere chance that he opened his company in Santa Croce Sull’Arno, an area known for centuries for its skin tanning expertise) and his consolidated experience in tanning. And so the change comes: 1970 sees the start of specialising in the luxury industry and consequently openings in new sectors such as clothing and leather goods. The market immediately shows an interest and is in constant development, so the decision proves correct. Certainly, the company has never had problems in terms of orders, but tanneries spring up like mushrooms in the surrounding area and Ivo knows that, sooner or later, the market will become saturated and prices will drop. But not for those producing at the highest levels. Another 15 years go by, then in 1985 Nuti Ivo joins the international markets. Another intuition of fundamental importance, so much so that an increasing percentage of production is allocated to new international markets.
To meet the strong growth in production and the constant increase in demand, additional production plants are opened over the years with separate (directly controlled) companies, which soon specialise in specific sectors other than Conceria Nuti Ivo production so as to cover a much wider range of product types and to exploit scale economies and synergies that are unthinkable for organisations that are too big.
So, in order, Conceria Lloyd appeared (1982) and Conceria Everest (1989), each the master of its own production identity. His strength begins to fade and Ivo Nuti gradually gives freer rein to his children, who continue along the path he had started.
It is by following his teachings that constantly growing demand gives rise to two more tanneries: PAPETE (2012) and Deluxe (2013). Ivo Nuti retired in 2005. He died aged 80 in February 2013.
The Chairman of the Provincial Government of Pisa, Andrea Pieroni: “In his actions as a human being and as captain of his business ship, Nuti showed his ability to drive development without ever being blinded by the limelight, with his qualities - now increasingly rare - of pragmatism, forward thinking and commitment, capable of generating value for the economy and for society”.
International partnerships begin, initially only targeting assurance that raw materials purchases are of good quality and at competitive prices. Then gradually delving further into the various processing phases. The Group now has very strong business agreements in Albania, Romania and Ukraine, and in some cases has also acquired equity interests in the leading international suppliers located in Morocco and Paraguay.
2014 sees the production start-up of chemical products for internal use as a result of the major restrictions on dangerous substances and the enormous focus of all large customers on this topic.
The Nuti Ivo Group produces cattle hides and sheep and goat skins for leather goods, belts, footwear, clothing, saddlery and furnishings.
As a result of its strong versatility, the Group can produce chrome, vegetable and metal-free tanned skins to meet the most diverse demands of customers. In detail, we use baby calfskin, calfskin, bullhide, culatta, shoulder, butt, steers, heifers, cows, belly, goat, lambskin, hairsheep and split.
All our products are 100% compliant with RSL (restricted substance list) regulations, from the most inexpensive lining to the most costly product.
We also guarantee accurate, strict and direct control over the chemical products used in all the process steps, based on European and global REACH regulations. In addition, we have an internal laboratory recognised at international level.
Our constant research and development of new products means that customers always have a range of items ready to satisfy the latest fashion trends. We are also happy to assist every single customer in the research and development for customised work, adopting the highest level of confidentiality.