The history of the Greco family begins many, many years ago.

The origin of the surname is to be attributed to the Middle Ages, its meaning is: from Greece.

We have been in Apulia for many generations, in the splendid Salento, a land rich in history where the embankment is still very present, and many of our countrymen produce with old and ancient rites and procedures handed down from father to son.

And so from father to son we arrive at our company which retains the name of one of our ancestors to keep alive the "mariagreco" tradition.

The company has been enriched over time by expanding the initial tailoring training with leather goods and other sectors of refined taste always strictly handmade, years and centuries pass but for us the quality remains a focal point of our company and our family.

Our company starts with the choice of leather. The raw material is the basis of an artisan work and the excellent quality of the leather is a distinctive feature of our production.

For our creations we only use leathers worked in the Tuscan tanneries of Santa Croce sull'Arno.

Leather cutting is entirely manual, industrial trances are not used.

The cut leather parts are worked, always by hand, in the bench and machine work (splitter, skiving machine, sewing machine) and joined to the lining.

Even the lining of our bags is entirely in leather. In the work of the bench are added the metal accessories (also Made in Italy), the hinges and the closures.

Finally, the color details are hand-painted with wear-resistant colors. It can certainly be said that products subject to this type of processing have become increasingly rare even for a traditional city such as Florence.

A high quality, artisan and Italian process therefore in the name of elegance and practicality.

Our pride is having been able to see with our own eyes that the bags manufactured in the Artisan Leather Goods are still in good shape today after many decades of their production.

In recent years, the weaving we rigorously do by hand has been added to this ancient tradition of leather goods, our ladies point by point crochet precious garments, and only after several hours of work does an artisan tailoring come to light.

But we have decided that in this eCommerce these processes will not be present for now, we deliberately leave room for leather goods and maybe we will insert some items of clothing slowly.

As Wikipedia helps us to remember, In the cultural traditions of the various civilizations, where swimming was not allowed in complete nudity, the swimsuit was usually the equivalent of a dress normally worn in everyday life. Indeed, in the eighteenth century women wore special "bathing skirts", made of a material that did not become transparent, and weighed down on the edges so that it did not rise into the water.

In the nineteenth century women plunged into the sea wrapped in abundant cloaks closed up over the neck. The swimmers who came to the various beaches arrived in cabins with wheels and curtains where clothes were changed.

Starting in the 1850s, women's clothing was still very chastised and swimsuits were characterized by puffy pants at the calf, complemented by a knee-length dress, with laced shoes. In Europe, in fact, the first swimsuits that allowed to be shown in public at the sea made their appearance in the mid-nineteenth century. The female costume consisted of two pieces: a dress that covered from the shoulders to the knees and trousers that went down to the ankles. Obviously it was only for wealthy people who could afford to pack such a garment. The newspaper "La Mode" was among those who began to describe the beach clothes of the wives of wealthy industrialists. However, this bathing suit was still worn on the bust, which resisted in common use until the first decade of the twentieth century, with indispensable accessories such as shoes and a visor hat. It was then believed that for a lady the tan was vulgar and that the skin should remain white.

Production processes

The manufacture of swimwear is, after the Second World War, mostly a manual process:

The spools of cotton and waterproof thread are mounted on knitting machines that weave the threads into rolls of fabric. After the fabric has been cleaned and dyed to the desired color, it is then placed in the dryers. Finally, the fabric rolls up until it is used.

The rolls are spread out on the table and, after the outline is drawn, the model is cut.

Each piece is sewn to the other thanks to seams which, depending on the size of the fabric, are made by individual sewing machines guided by skilled seamstresses.

The garments made are ironed and the labels are sewn inside. Then the costumes are packaged and wrapped in boxes ready for shipment.

Fabrics

The main fabrics used for making swimwear are lycra, lastex and other stretch fabrics that adhere well to body shapes. Cotton is occasionally used.

In 1920, rayon was used, a fiber obtained from cellulose, but its poor durability, especially when wet, stopped using it. Same thing for jersey and silk, sometimes used.

In the thirties, stretch fabrics began to be used which allow the swimsuit to adhere to the body.

In the same way and with the same attention we pay for leather goods and for example knitwear, all our garments are handmade one by one by agile knitters. Ancient works that are slowly lost, leaving room for industry that will never be able to achieve the quality of "handmade"

For these reasons, we thought of adding a repair assistance section, being one-of-a-kind garments, it is right that they are repaired and serviced just as if it were your car.

On all leather goods we guarantee a year of free assistance for any defects, but remember that small defects or differences in photos make the value of your articles precisely because one is different from the other, not talking about series items.

Maria Greco