Choosing a product made of Tuscan vegetable tanned leather means not only choosing one of the world's best leather but also choosing to spread the culture of a unique product as vegetable tanned leather is. When many big brands require a leather that is almost like plastic - waterproof, does not change in light and with a totally uniform surface, the tradition continues in the small tanneries in Tuscany.
For generations they have created a unique leather with traditional local knowledge. Each leather is unique and processed by the world's foremost experts in the craft. Only hides of absolute best quality are used. Same leather as you will find among the most luxurious items in the world.
WHAT IS VEGETABLE TANNED LEATHER?
Vegetable tan is a process that maintains the leather characters as close it its natural form as possible. Choosing to use the Tuscan vegetable tan for our products is not only giving you one of the highest quality skins but also allowing us to be part of maintaining the culture of an age long tradition in Italy.
While many mass production brands today use skins that are heavily PU coated (using a chemical process with a Polyurethane surface), making it almost plastic with very little change in the surface over the years, we choose to celebrate the beauty in the characteristics of vegetable tan.
There are several methods of tanning leather. The most common and most damaging method is chrome tanning. It takes about 2 days to tan a skin using chrome tanning versus up to 30 days to tan using vegetable tanning. The use of chromium salts contained in the chrome tanning is harmful both to the environment and human health, but despite the disadvantages of this method it's still the most widely used in the fashion industry.
To contribute to a sustainable leather industry, vegetable tanning is the most gentle method for the environment, meaning that the skin is tanned with vegetable tannins. These are natural in some plant species, such as bark, branches, leaves, fruits and roots. This method therefore contains no harmful chemicals.
Vegetable tanning is a craft tradition that the Tuscan tanneries have been handed over from father to son for centuries. For generations they have created a unique leather with traditional local knowledge. Each leather is unique and processed by the world's foremost experts in the craft. Only hides of absolute best quality are used. The process takes place slowly in full respect for man and the environment.
Vegetable tanned leather absorbs the traces of our lives, it matures without being destroyed. Natural aging does not endanger its resilience. It reveals signs of time and use as the most personal expression of nature and truth. The natural tanning process gives the leather a clear warm and shining shade that becomes more intense with time and daily use.
HIGH QUALITY LEATHER
Vegetable tanned leather is a natural and gentle process that tends to enhance the original characteristics of the leather, that is, the small wrinkles and veins on the animal skin. Therefore, the hides used must be of absolute highest quality. We have carefully selected and checked that the hides used are also the discarded by-products from the food industry that produce meat for human consumption.
Vegetable tanned leather can be found among the most luxurious products that have the most extravagant fashion requirements. In the naturalness and authenticity of the material you will also find its uniqueness and quality. The warm colors of vegetable tannins and the small wrinkles and veins on the animal's original skin appear on the surface with the use and create very special effects. Each user of the finished product tends to personalize the product in a unique and unreproducible way, just like our own skin. There are not two similar vegetable tanned leather skins, nor two identical objects made with this material.
Choosing a product made of Tuscan vegetable tanned leather means choosing a unique item that reflects the owner's lifestyle. Each skin is unique and unlike any other.
FACTS ABOUT OUR LEATHER
Vegetable-tanned leather does not contain any toxic substance harmful to man and is highly tolerable for those who suffer from metal related allergies. Vegetable-tanned leather productive cycle is strictly monitored to ensure a low impact on the environment:
- 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.