Care for the Environment
The manufacture of leather goods has been carried out in Tuscany for generations. In so doing, producers have long since established techniques to protect the beautiful natural environment they know and love, and which nurture the passion people have for the products of this region.
Leather for our bags is made by subjecting the hide of an animal to a lengthy treatment process. Craftsmen have been working with leather for thousands of years and Italy has been famous for its leather production for centuries. Florence (where our bags are made, mainly) is particularly famous for its leather, and in Milan, Italy's capital of fashion, Italian leather is used almost exclusively by high fashion houses. Because Italian brands tend to dominate the fashion world, Italian leather has come to be closely associated with quality, fashion and good taste.
Thanks to the associations with chic culture, buyers are willing to pay a premium for bags made with Italian leather, perpetuating the market and promoting the maintenance of high standards at facilities which process our bags.
Funds have been re-invested into the processes used to make our bags, in order that the process be as environmentally sound as possible.
"Vegetable-tanned leather absorbs the traces of our life, it matures without ruining.
The natural ageing does not compromise its resistance.
It reveals the signs of time and use 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 tannins. 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 a 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.