"Vegetable-tanned leather absorbs the traces of our life, it matures without ruining. Natural aging does not compromise its resistance.
It reveals the signs of time and uses as the most personal expression of naturalness and truth." - The Genuine Italian Vegetable Tanned Leather Consortium*
The vegetable tanning process for leather is an age-old tradition. It requires far more time and far more skill; but this more than pays off for a higher quality product. It is also the most environmentally sound process.
Vegetable tanning dates back thousands of years and relies on an extended and complex process of soaking animal hides in vegetable tannin. According to “Eco- Friendly Manufacturing: Using Vegetable Tanned Leather” by Makersrow.com, vegetable tanning uses plant extracts to naturally create leathers with a varying range of texture, temper, strength, and softness.” The process is implemented by skilled craftsmen who understand the value of creating a piece that will last a lifetime. In leaning toward Eco-friendly processes, vegetable tanning leads the way.
Vegetable tanning of leather does not involve harmful chemicals that are required for chrome tanning. This means that the tanning process does not involve using toxic metals, so it is healthier for the craftsman and eventually the leather is bio-degradable. However, due to its high durability and strength, vegetable-tanned leather is far superior to most synthetic materials and lasts for a lifetime…or two.
This form of natural tanning yields unique products every time. Each rich and warm-toned leather piece looks natural and sometimes irregular, which is a sought-after quality for those desiring one-of-a-kind pieces. With use, vegetable-tanned leather changes, deepening in its patina and softening in its feel. Therefore your bag is designed, and built, to last for generations and to look great the whole time.
*The quality of Tuscan vegetable-tanned leather is the result of long-lasting expertise and it’s closely connected to the lifestyle and culture of its production area. The Consortium acts as guarantor and ambassador of this Tuscan excellence throughout the world, an undertaking it has consolidated with the creation of the quality trademark “Pelle Conciata al Vegetale in Toscana” (Tuscan Vegetable Tanned Leather) and of the quality label guaranteeing quality and origin of leathers produced by its member tanneries.
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