Álvaro González the Spanish-born, Florence-based designer, has a career spanning 20 years designing accessories behind the scenes for major European luxury houses including Tod’s, Loewe, Malo, Emilio Pucci, Loro Piana and Valextra. A secret weapon of the shoe-and-bag boom, former Accessories Designer at Valentino and Design Director of Accessories at Jimmy Choo, González steps into the limelight with his eponymous line of leather goods. Richly coloured calf, alligator and stingray skins expressly developed by specialist tanneries have been crafted into sandals, belts, small leather goods and bags by select artisanal workshops around Florence.