Experiences of Buying Wholesale Leather in Florence/Milan

Hello,

I’m a fourth year industrial design student (from Australia) with a keen interest in footwear design. I’m travelling to Italy at the end of this month to visit relatives and was hoping to purchase some leather and lasts to bring home for my graduate design collection.

If you have had any experiences of purchasing from wholesalers/suppliers in Florence or Milan, I’d love to hear your advice or recommendations. Especially if you have studied at any schools in these cities (ARS Sutoria etc) I’d love to know where you were recommended to buy your supplies from. I have been doing internet searches, but I would love some first hand experience advice and reputable business reccomendations

Your knowledge would be so appreciated, as it is very hard to find anyone with these experiences in my home town!

Thanks!!

B