ONCE FOOD AND FUNCTION, NOW FORM AND FASHION

The art of tanning is an ancient practice with traditions and methods passed down across generations.   Our commitment is to using time-honored tanning methods and sourcing from animals that were raised organically on green pastures, just as they had been for millennia before factory farming.  Our leathers tell a story much deeper than contemporary chromium tanned leathers due to the slower vegetable tanning process, and the animal husbandry techniques that we stand behind.  Properly cared for, veg-tanned leather can last a lifetime, making it a more sustainable material than chrome tanned leather, or even "vegan" petrochemical based leather substitutes.  We trace our organic hides back to the farm, so that our customers can feel confident they are choosing the most environmentally friendly and long lasting leather in the world.


LEATHER TANNING AS ILLUSTRATED IN DIDEROT ENCYCLOPEDIA, 1769

LEATHER TANNING AS ILLUSTRATED IN DIDEROT ENCYCLOPEDIA, 1769


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SUPPLY CHAIN TRANSPARENCY FROM FARM TO FINISH

As one of our main goals is to change the way people think about the origins of leather, we aim for 100% transparency in our supply chain.  The more consumers challenge companies on the origins of their products, the greater positive impact in driving transparency increases across the global supply chain.

OUR USA LEATHER TRACEABILITY

We source our hides from certified organic farms in Canada, where the cattle are pastured and never receive any antibiotics or hormones.  As they are primarily raised for the organic beef industry, when the animals are culled the hide is a generally considered a byproduct.  However, we believe the organic hide not to be a byproduct, but an important part of the animal's story. Previously, these organic hides were sold without any differentiation, and the farmers who carefully raised their cattle had no way of knowing where the skin ended up. When we purchase the hides, they are marked and sent to one of the few remaining vegetable tanneries in the USA, who employ traditional tanning methods in a modern and environmentally sustainable facility.  The resulting leather fully reveals its story, with unique variations due to the natural tanning and dying processes, and markings from the animals' ability to freely roam their pastures.  

 

OUR UK LEATHER TRACEABILITY

The UK hides come from a small family farm in the English countryside near Dartmoor, called Wild Beef.  Wild Beef has been practicing "beyond organic" farming methods since the early 1990s, and commit to not using any pesticides, hormones, antibiotics, concentrates, or finishing rations.  Though officially they do not have an organic certification, their methodology and beliefs go much deeper than the requirements of organic certifying agencies, and they have been recognized for their standards that go well "beyond organic".  Hides from this farm are very limited due to the small herd sizes, and therefore is our most unique leather available.