On Salizada San Lio, Castello, number 5468, a new shop has opened! It is the tiny offspring of the main shop, Il Gufo Artgiano, on the Ruga degli Spezieri, 299, in San Polo.
I was attracted to it by the sight and smell of cow hides hanging at the door way, then when I looked in the door, by the delight of many colourful pieces of leather work.
Everything is hand-made, and in this shop you can find handbags, coin purses, credit card holders, belts, bracelets, bookmarks …
They are fighting the tsunami of shops with cheap ‘leather’ imports that are springing up all around the city (and not only in Venice).
Lonely Planet review for Il Gufo Artigiano
Hot copper and extremely careful handling is the secret to the embossed leather designs gracing journals, handbags and wallets in this artisan’s atelier. Ancient ironwork patterns in Venetian windows and balconies inspire the swirling designs, with vibrantly coloured leather adding an unexpected modern twist: orange satchels, saffron-yellow photo albums and verdant day planners.