Vegetable-tanned leather is the most ethical way to tan leather, as opposed to industrial chrome-tanning that uses high levels of chemicals and toxins. The lengthy process of vegetable-tanning flaunts leather in its most natural state. Each hide is unique with its own charm, changing over time with use and taking on a natural patina that adds more character to the cherished piece. See our Leather Care section.
This ancient and traditional process requires a lot of skill, and is therefore, more expensive and time consuming in comparison to modern chromic tanning. The leathers are soaked for long periods of time in large wooden drums or pits that contain a range of natural tanning ingredients, such as leaves, wood bark, a variety of vegetable extracts and baking flour. Vegetable-tanned leathers are renowned for their strength and limited stretch.
All our leathers are sourced from a family-run Italian tannery. Their hides are, in turn, sourced from farms in Northern and Western Europe, regions known for their highly ethical farming standards, and are by-products of the meat industry.
This is the traditional choice of thread for saddlery and luxury goods. Used for a number of centuries, linen thread has qualities that make it superior to manmade alternatives. Sourced from a family-run business in the UK, this natural thread is extremely tough and durable, able to withstand many years of use. The greatest assets of linen thread are its strength and low extensibility, complementing our vegetable-tanned leathers.
Each thread is coated by hand using pure beeswax.
We are conscious of how materials, energy and disposable cultures impact our environment. That's why we take pride in the selection of our materials and source the best. Read more about our leather selection. A host of elements will have an effect on the colour and wear of your product, from sun exposure and liquids to textured surfaces and oils from your skin.
Every hide is unique. Tonal variations and scars are all natural features and we consider these to be beautiful characteristics that are passed on to each piece. These are not considered faults. Vegetable-tanned leather is a living and breathing product, and will therefore, wear gracefully over time. Much like raw denim, the leather will change colour and develop a unique rich patina over time, ensuring each item has character and tells the story of the user.
It is not essential to add any conditioner to your new leather product. If desired a variety of hide food, saddle soap and oils can be applied to the leather. However, it is worth noting that over time oils from your hands and exposure to the environment will naturally condition the leather. If the leather is scratched, you can gently rub your finger over and around the scratch to bring natural oils from the leather to the surface. This will dissipate the scratch, reducing its appearance.