Lineapelle Leather Fair & Consorzio Vera Pelle (Tues 11th July)
I visited the Lineapelle Leather Fair in the Ham Yard Hotel in London to initially view the leather ranges and trends from the tanneries across Europe and to experience a fabric fair again. I went Premiere Vision in Paris years ago when I was at uni.
At the last moment I found out about a Vegetable Tanned Leather seminar that the Consorzio Vera Pelle Italian Conciata al Vegetale were hosting. Diane Becker who is part of the Consortium led the talk which I learnt loads from. There's some of things about vegetable tanned leather that I never knew about. Basically the Corsortium is set up to preserve the tradition of Italian Vegetable Tanning in the Tuscany region. About 20 tanneries are part of it and follow a set of regulations which includes a sustainability element.
Off the back of this I spoke to Diane after the talk to ask if I could visit a tannery to see the leather tanning process in person. I've been in contact with a tannery and I'm visiting in September. Can't wait for this.