All our premium vegetable tanned leathers are sourced from a traditional Tuscan tannery – part of the Genuine Italian Vegetable Tanned Leather Consortium.
Today there are more than 20 associated tanneries, all of them operating in Tuscany, in the area between Pisa and Florence, all sharing the same passion for vegetable-tanned leather and the same standards of production.
Our leather comes from one of the best Italian tanneries with a long history and knowledge of leather production, guaranteeing the highest quality leather for our bags.
Vegetable tanning is an ancient and traditional craft process that tanneries have passed down over generations. It is one of the oldest methods of making leather and is still produced following the traditional methods. Turning raw hides into durable leather takes time and patience, and the skillful combination of technology and experience.
Each hide has unique natural markings and characteristics which are maintained during the tanning process. The end result is a genuine and lush appearance, and best of all, it ages beautifully. Over time our products will develop a ‘patina’, adding to its uniqueness.
The vegetable tanned leather productive cycle is strictly monitored to ensure a low impact on the environment. It is the most natural and eco-friendly type of tanning.
- No animal is killed for its skin. On the contrary, the raw hides used by our tanneries are the discarded by-products of the food industry producing meat for human consumption.
- Being tanned with natural tannins, a vegetable-tanned leather object can be easily disposed of at the end of its life, thanks to its chemical-biological characteristics.
- Our tanneries have made huge investments in depuration systems and waste recycling that make them work in full respect of man and the environment.
- Many of the substances used during the tanning process are recovered, recycled and reused in different fields. Hair removed from raw hides is transformed into agricultural fertilizer; sludge produced by the depuration plants is reused in the construction field to make bricks.
- Vegetable-tanned leather, recognizable from its trademark, does not contain any toxic substance such as azo-dyes, nickel, PCP or chrome VI
You can read more about Vegetable tanned leather here.