LEU LOCATI SINCE 1908
The story begins at the end of the 19th century when founder, Luigi Locati, opened a small manufacturing shop in the artisanal quarter of the city, the Navigli District. Starting from the leather decorations for the covers of sacred books, in 1908 the production evolved into refined leather and fabric pochettes for the high society and the company became the first leather goods industry of that time. After a great success, the entrepreneurial spirit and the desire to explore new techniques of craftsmanship led to the production of precious Petit Point pochettes for the Milanese society during the Habsburg period. During that time, the purchase of an XVIII century wooden loom allowed the development of a special intertwined fabric, the Mesh, that is still nowadays an exclusive property of the company.
THE STORY CONTINUES
Daniele Amato is the 7th generation of the Locati family: he grew up inside is family’s factory, playing among the artisans’ working stations. This is how he developed his passion for fashion and gained his skills. In 2010, when he was 13, he starred on “Il Sole 24 Ore” journal with a dedicated article describing him as the youngest and most promising bag designer. Just two years later, in 2012, he started is own brand “Amato Daniele” and presented his first official collection on the market. Growing up he became more and more involved in the family business and now he is in charge for the creative direction for both bands (Leu Locati and Amato Daniele).
With the Amato Daniele Brand, the Leu Locati heritage is safe and enriched by the creativity and the innovations of the young designer who continues to keep up his family’s handcrafting tradition by valorizing it day by day with his work.
For over the past century, Leu Locati’s bag have been accompanying the arms of Royalties during key moments in their lives. Everyone has recognized the sophisticated design, top quality and precise craftsmanship of the artisans that make every bag a work of art.
THE ICONIC FABRIC
The iconic Mesh Fabric dates back to 1890 when the company purchased a second-hand hand-operated loom that is still used also nowadays. It was firstly realized interweaving kangaroo bands with other materials, such as satin and velvet, and then it evolved and was enriched by the use of threads covered in real 24kt gold and real 925 silver. The Mesh fabric continues to be part of Amato Daniele collections both in its classical real gold/silver version and in much more modern and vibrant variants made by intertwining the gold threads with colorful velvet or leather bands.
HRM Queen Elizabeth owned the most iconic Leu Locati clutch, art. 540, in the real gold 24kt and 925 silver variant and wore it in more than 17 formal occasions, that’s why this style is known as “Queen Bag”.
MADE WITH LOVE IN MILAN
HANDMADE IN MILAN
For over 115 years, every handbag has been designed, crafted, and "made by hand" in Leu Locati’s headquarter, located in the heart of Milan, in via Cosimo del Fante. All products are entirely handmade by our artisans accordingly to the ancient techniques of the Milanese leather goods school. All collections are characterized by distinguishing features: high level craftsmanship, great attention to the details, sophisticated designs and luxurious materials and appeal.
The collections are made of clean-shaped bags that are able to convey a classic elegance, a fresh and modern taste and a timeless charm. Great relevance is given to the family heritage and the craftsmanship tradition: Leu Locati archive styles are renewed and given a new life inside Amato Daniele collections.