Craftsmanship and materials

Fifty years of experience

Dario in his workshop

Dario has been creating high-quality handmade leather goods since 1970, in his workshop in the historic centre of Rome. He brings his deep knowledge and experience of traditional leather techniques to his creations.

He has a fine eye for detail, quality, and knowing what is “right” — whether he’s creating new leather goods or restoring old classics. His workmanship lasts a lifetime.

Attention to detail

Working on the hide of a “Tripolina”
Working on the hide of a “Tripolina”
Attention to detail
Attention to detail
Tripolina folding chair in green leather and teak – side detail
“Tripolina” folding chair in green leather and teak – side detail
Sturdy pocket on a Tripolina folding chair in orange leather
Sturdy pocket on a “Tripolina” folding chair in orange leather
Dario sewing a director’s chair
Dario sewing a director’s chair

Materials

Choosing the right materials is the most important determinant of a product’s quality and long life. The combination of softness, strength, and long-lasting colour is difficult to find all in a single hide. Dario’s long experience helps him choose the very best hides from the very best tanneries in Italy.

All the leather that he uses is tanned exclusively with natural tannins of vegetable-origin. Vegetable-tanning is a slow form of tanning that is more environmentally-friendly than modern industrial tanning.

Each hide is given a certificate of guarantee from the suppliers — tanneries in the heart of Tuscany, Italy. They produce high-quality, natural, long-lasting vegetable-tanned leather.

“Tripolina” folding chair in red leather and teak – detail
“Tripolina” folding chair in red leather and teak – detail
Fine leather meets fine craftsmanship
Fine leather meets fine craftsmanship
Detail of stitching on a Tripolina folding chair in orange leather
Detail of stitching on a “Tripolina” folding chair in orange leather
Each hide has its own guarantee
Each hide has its own guarantee

A family at work

Final touches to a Mogens Koch chair
Final touches to a Mogens Koch chair

Licia, Dario’s wife, has been working with him for many years, contributing to everything he makes. Today, they are joined by their daughter Francesca, who produces leather-based jewellery and artefacts for sale in the shop.

Licia La Rocca – Dario's wife – at the sewing machine
Licia, Dario’s wife, at the sewing machine
Francesca Alfonsi – Dario's daughter – in the workshop
Francesca Alfonsi, Dario’s daughter, in the workshop

Dario’s workshop

Entering Dario’s workshop in Rome’s centro storico is like stepping back in time. The workshop reflects the history of the city: The foundations are from Pompey’s theatre, which was in use from 55 BCE to the middle of the 6th century, while the rugged walls and beautiful beamed ceilings were built in the 15th–17th century.

Visiting the workshop takes you out of the chaos of the city and connects you with the ancient craft of leatherwork — knowledge of materials and tools passed from generation to generation.

You’ll find Dario at work amid the smell of leather; amid the colours and thick softness of the skins ready to be crafted; with newly-finished chairs in the small windows and restoration work in progress. New and old blending perfectly.

It infuses its magic into everything Dario produces.

Sorting templates
Sorting templates
Final assembly of a restored Mogens Koch chair
Final assembly of a restored Mogens Koch chair
At the sewing machine
At the sewing machine