VEGETABLE TANNED LEATHER

The Italian & Belgium leather belts are made using 3mm thick vegetable tanned leather sourced from European tanneries. 

WHAT IS VEGETABLE TANNED LEATHER?

Vegetable tanned leather is leather that has been tanned using natural tannins extracted from vegetation such as trees, leaves and fruits alongside mineral and fish oils. No chemicals are used in the vegetable tanning process making it a completely natural product that is harm free.

Tanning is the process of turning the raw animal skin into what we know as leather.

Oldest way of tanning leather…

Vegetable tanning is the oldest way of tanning leather and can be traced back to the ancient Greeks around 5000 BC. People would use animals skins to protect themselves from the elements and they discovered a way of producing leather using vegetation extracts.

 
Vegetable Tanned Leather
 

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR YOU?  HOW WILL THE LEATHER WEAR?

It will continuously change over time, it never stays the same.

Long Lasting - High quality leather which will last a long time

Softens With Use - At the beginning the leather can feel hard but it softens with continued use

Look & Feel Changes - The appearance of the leather will change but people always comment ‘it only gets better with age’ 

  • It will develop a soft sheen known as a patina

  • May darken which is much more obvious on a lighter colour

  • If it is left in direct sunlight for a period of time, the sun will strip the colour but it will darken again gradually

  • Takes on any scratches it comes up against

  • It never stays the same and that is down to the natural way of tanning 

Doesn’t Split - Belts won’t split as the leather is 3mm thick

 
How Vegetable Tanned Leather Wears
 

WHY DO I USE VEGETABLE TANNED LEATHER?

Beautiful Characteristics - I use it because it has beautiful characteristics and I know it will last a long time.  I love the patina that develops and for me that is the first thing that gives it the initial wow feeling.  It invites you in to touch it.  I also love the fact that the leather changes in appearance with use.  Different people will leave different marks, which effectively personalises it to each wearer.  

Sustainable – In today’s world with an increased focus on sustainability using this type of leather becomes more and more relevant.  No chemicals are used in the entire tanning process.  If you were to bury vegetable tanned leather into the ground it would gradually break down and wouldn’t harm the soil.  It is recyclable. 

Some of the leather I buy comes from tanneries in Tuscany that form part of the Consorzio Vera Pelle. One of the key aspects of this consortium is to ensure the tanneries operate in a responsible way. One example of what they do is; the substance that is removed from the raw animal skin during the preparation stage for tanning (liming process), is then used to make agricultural fertiliser which is a great way of using as much of the product as possible.

SOURCED FROM EUROPEAN TANNERIES

All the leather I use comes from tanneries in Italy or Belgium which I buy through suppliers in the UK. This ensures good sustainability standards for the environment and workers conditions. The bridle leather I use is initially tanned in Germany before being sent to Walsall, England for the finishing process.