The Irresistible Beauty of Vegetable-Tanned Leather

Linjer bags

Bags from our new collection. Pre-order on Kickstarter.

You may have noticed that our leather looks quite different from most leather out there. (And if you've ordered one of our products, you've probably noticed that our leather feels very different too!)

There's a simple reason for this: our leather is made differently from most leather out there.

Our leather is vegetable-tanned, which means it's been tanned in the traditional way using plant extracts and tannins from tree bark. Only 10% of world leather production is vegetable-tanned; most leather is "chrome-tanned" in a process that uses chromium salts.

Because our leather is tanned with natural materials, the resulting leather has a vastly different character.

Cognac Vertical Wallet - how it looks brand new, and with a patina

Compared to typical chrome-tanned leather, our vegetable-tanned leather:

1) Has a natural, buttery touch (we don't coat our leather with plastic or layers of synthetic paint)
2) Has subtle gradients of colour, giving depth and vitality to the leather
3) Develops a beautiful patina over time with exposure to the sun and with your use.

Vegetable-tanned leather is really a remarkable material, and it's a shame when bags are made with cheaper, low-quality chrome-tanned leather that is not made to age well.

It’s not surprising, though, that other brands (even luxury houses) don’t use vegetable-tanned leather -- vegetable tanning requires higher quality raw hides and specific artisanal knowledge, and it takes about 30 times as long to produce as chrome tanning.

Personally, we wouldn't dream of using any other kind of leather for our briefcases, wallets, handbags and watch straps. To make beautiful things that last, you need to invest in the best natural materials. (You can read more on this topic in our blog post: "Vegetable-tanned leather: Why we do things the hard way")

If you haven't owned vegetable-tanned leather before, we think you'll be pleasantly surprised -- and you may never turn back!

Vegetable-tanned leather