Getting back to work and the city life after a summer holiday can be a daunting task. To make things more exciting the brand has recently introduced a trans-seasonal range of vegetable tanned, Italian leather bags, to complement any city look with sophisticated and timeless details. This limited edition collection naturally encompasses comfort and look, fashion and tradition, uniqueness and versatility.
In launching this line, the brand consciously partnered with a high grade, ancient Tuscan vegetable tannery set in the beautiful Tuscan village of Santa Croce sull’Arno.
Vegetable tanning is an artisan tradition that the Tuscan tanneries have handed down from father to son for centuries, mixing antique recipes and state-of-the-art technology. The tanning process is based on the use of tannin, an active ingredient responsible for the transformation of the animal hide into a durable material that will resist throughout time. This natural substance can be found in many different trees and vegetables. The tanning process slowly happens into large wooden drums, containing a blend of water and vegetable extracts from a variety of wood, bark, fruit, roots and leaves, in full respect of the environment with no harsh chemicals. It is a slow process, taking up to six months from start to finish, and the end product is a rich leather made to last a lifetime, with a beautiful smell and an unmistakable warm and brilliant shade that becomes more intense with the daily use. The natural aging does not compromise the resistance of the product, which will mature without ruining, revealing the most personal expression of naturalness.
This first-grade leather collection is embellished by sophisticated loomed details, hand woven by Peruvian artisan communities of women, following the ancient Andean weaving technique. The hand loomed panels are transported from Peru to Tuscany and hand manufactured using Italian craftsmanship.
The end result of this artisan process is a one-of-a-kind piece that overcomes fashion and trends with the passing of time, reflecting the owner’s lifestyle.
Besides being unique and timeless, vegetable-tanned leather was strategically sourced for the brand’s path towards eco-sustainability. No toxic substance harmful to man are used and no animal is killed for its skin, the raw hides are the discarded by-products of other industries.