Step I - Starting At The Source

Creating handmade leather goods from scratch is a deeply involved process. It all starts at the tannery and in the selection of raw materials.


3 years ago we arrived in Santa Croce Sul Arno near Florence, Italy. The history of leather-working there is world famous. Long lasting, extremely complex tanning techniques handed down over generations, copied across the world, but never quite surpassed.

The advantages of traditional tanning are obvious in the quality of the raw materials. What’s less well known is the hidden advantages that vegetable tanning brings, when done correctly: less chemical waste in rivers and better heath for leather workers.

 The city of Florence and its outskirts have put Italy on the map for leather tanning for centuries

The city of Florence and its outskirts have put Italy on the map for leather tanning for centuries

That’s why we chose our tannery - they’re part of the Vegetable Tanning Consortium of Tuscany, meaning they produce leathers that maintain a more natural character, last longer and do far less damage to the environment.

On top of that, the exclusive use of European hides (instead of South American hides, for example) means that our leather goods have lower environmental impact from source. None of the agriculture in our supply chain derives from deforestation of the Amazon - a sad reality of many leather goods today.

 Choosing the right tannery was a long process

Choosing the right tannery was a long process

Most importantly at the design and production stage, we’ve created simple, timeless products built to last. After all, a product that you love, look after and keep for many years is the backbone of a sustainable production model.

At the same time as sourcing our raw materials, our design process began…

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