Vegetable Tanned Leather
• Vegetable tanned leather, using only natural tannins, has no negative environmental impact.
• The tanning method is ancient and requires skilled craftsmen, making vegetable tanned leather products more prestigious.
• Due to the careful tanning process and the natural tannins, vegetable tanned leather develops a rich and beautiful patina, and actually gets better with time and use. It doesn’t crack or dry out and thus has a very long lifespan.
• It has an earthy and natural tone and smell.
• Vegetable tanned leather is initially a bit stiff and has to be broken in to become fully flexible and functional.
• The colors from vegetable tanning are not as livid as in chrome tanning and darken over time.
• Vegetable tanned leather takes 30-60 days to produce, making the products generally more expensive.
These tannins would most often come from trees such as oak, chestnut or mimosa, but hundreds of tree types and other plants have been used.