It was 1950 when Marcello Gori, together with his brother-in-law Silvano Casini, accepted the task of teaching war orphans the art of working leather and hide in what was the Novitiate of the Franciscan Friars, inside the Convent of Santa Croce.
Thus, was born the Scuola del Cuoio, strongly based on the concept of love for one's neighbor and, above all, on the awareness that experience must always be shared.
Many young people in need have been helped since then. Unemployed, disabled, former juvenile prison inmates, and mentally handicapped people have found confidence in a future otherwise marked by fear of failure.
The daughters of Marcello wanted to tell his long and beautiful story, spreading the culture of artistic craftsmanship, but never separating from the feeling of solidarity that has always permeated the work of Scuola del Cuoio. The Marcello Foundation was created to share this story and continue to help those in need.
The will, the firmness and the gratitude of the past will once again support those projects that will help young people without hope in the future.
The foundation's ambitious task will be the birth of new artists in leather and leather working, discovering new talents hidden in those who just need a little help.
The Marcello Gori Foundation is responsible for introducing young people in need to the world of work by offering leather craftsmanship courses lasting 9 months at the Scuola del Cuoio.
The Foundation's Steering Committee will evaluate the membership requests.
The hope is to continue helping those in need to create a future for themselves.
Even in 2023, SaveTheCity, in collaboration with the Municipality of Florence, presented the "Florence in the Heart" Award, an acknowledgment given to deserving and virtuous citizens who represent an added value for Florence. The Corporate Award went to Scuola del Cuoio, which has always brought prestige to Florence by producing high-quality leather goods, and to the Marcello Gori Foundation, which continues the social commitment initiated by the Gori family in 1950. The award was received by President Barbara Gori, proud of her company but especially of the Foundation that helps disadvantaged youth every year.