Vegetable tanned leather
Each leather hide will be individual in texture and finish and contain natural tonal differences or markings that should not be perceived as a fault but rather hide individuality.
The leather hides are NOT coated with any synthetic covering or paint but are packed with natural waxes and oils.
Please be aware that these leathers will deepen in tone over time.
What to Expect From our Leather
We have taken great efforts to source and obtain a high quality full grain vegetable tanned leather that will patina and bloom to improve with age. The leather should take on character with use and with every knock or rub will blossom with character and beautiful natural aging. The leather’s colour will deepen and burnish over time and create an item that will age gracefully and become a cherished part of your life.
Our vegetable tanned leather will show marks and scuffs over time. These are normal performance results on natural finish leathers and are often superficial resulting from the displacement of the natural oils in the leather. You will usually be able to rub these out with some pressure from your hand however we choose our leather BECAUSE they age naturally, deepen in colour and produce an item of character that is intended to be used, loved and develop in character over time.
The Italian artisanal tannery that provides our vegetable tanned leather is an exponent of high ecological standards and has produced these leather qualities for a considerable period of time so we hope that you will appreciate them as much as we do.
Looking After your Investment
To maintain and enhance the ongoing natural aging and personality of our bags and leather items we recommend that you avoid undue contact with excess liquids such as rain, grease or oils not meant for leather goods as this will result in blemishes that may not be possible to correct.
Our leathers, due to their nature, are naturally absorbent. In certain conditions they can transfer colour or absorb it. We recommend you avoid colour transfer from your dark leather items to light coloured clothing. We also advise you to avoid dark coloured pigment dyed and indigo dyed clothing transferring colour onto your light tone leather items.
As our leather absorbs and could pick up stains we recommend that you be careful with items such as pens, food and makeup and that you do not have them loose in your bag or other leather items.
Conditioning and cleaning of vegetable tanned leather
When your leather Items are not in use we recommend you keep them in their dust bags if one was provided. If you purchased one of our bags and wish to store it for an extended period of time place some packing into the bag to maintain its construction and form and place it in the dust bag.
Cleaning and refurbishment of vegetable tanned leather
Our leather items will benefit from being refurbished with conventional leather conditioning creams a few times annually. If you leave your items stored and unused we recommend you condition them four times a year in order to prevent them from drying out. Avoid exposing your purchase to direct heat or over exposure to sun for prolonged periods of time. As you continue to use your leather item it will deepen in colour over time. Using cleaning and conditioning materials will also result in the leather colour darkening over time. Before applying cleaning materials and creams we suggest you test the cleaning product first on a very small area of your purchase that is not in a primary viewable position. We also suggest you apply the cleaning product to a cloth first and let it absorb into the material before applying it to a small unexposed area of your item.
Drying out a wet leather item
Vegetable tanned leather is not water repellant or resistant. We recommend you condition your leather periodically in order to help with it’s water resistance but as conditioners will not make your item waterproof we suggest that you avoid getting caught in the rain with your leather purchase.
In the event that your item is partially or fully exposed to the rain you should dry off the water residue with paper towel that will not shed colour and then softly fill the item with dry paper towels so that it may dry out naturally. Do not place your item close to direct heat or expose it to sun while it is trying. Let it dry out naturally.
If the item was partially exposed to the wet you can reduce any discoloration or staining contrast by taking a moistened rung out cloth or paper towel that will not colour transfer and dab out and around the edge of the wet patch onto the dry area. This will help to reduce the contrast caused due to the wetness exposure but we cannot guarantee that the contrast in colour depth will be resolved completely.