Our Leather

Sourced from Tuscany

Tuscany, nestled in central Italy, boasts a rich tradition and renowned expertise in crafting superior leather. That's why we exclusively procure our vegetable-tanned leather from a trusted Tuscany-based tannery, ensuring the utmost quality and authenticity. Our high-grade leather is sourced directly from one of the esteemed tanneries affiliated with Consorzio Vera Pelle Italiana Conciata al Vegetale (Genuine Italian Vegetable-Tanned Leather). The Consorzio plays a crucial role in safeguarding, guaranteeing, and preserving the exceptional vegetable-tanned leather produced in Tuscany.

Handmade Leather Goods | Genuine Italian Vegetable Tanned Leather Consortium | Cozy Handmade

Tanned to Perfection

The tanning process is a remarkable journey involving natural tannins extracted from trees. Leveraging modern technology, machinery, ancient recipes, and the passage of time, this process transforms animal hides into tough, enduring, and chemically-stable leather. The quality of the leather is intricately tied to how this process is executed.

Vegetable tanning, an artisan tradition spanning centuries, stands in contrast to the relatively new chrome tanning process, which utilizes chemicals for mass leather production. Vegetable tanning remains the most traditional method, imparting unique durable characteristics without compromising comfort and individuality. This craft demands precision, skill, and patience, using tannin as the core ingredient to create compact, durable, and resilient material. The distinct properties of vegetable-tanned leather arise from these tannin extracts, contributing to its warm, brilliant shades.

Full Grain Italian Veg Tanned Leather | Cozy Handmade

Natural and Environmentally Friendly

Vegetable-tanned leather is an ethical choice, as no animals are killed solely for their skin. Raw hides used by Consorzio's tanneries are by-products of food manufacturing for human consumption. Free from toxic substances like azo-dyes, nickel, PCP, or chrome VI, it's safe for individuals with metal allergies.

Environmentally friendly, vegetable-tanned leather goods can naturally degrade due to their chemical-biological properties. Waste recycling and purification systems invested in by Consorzio's tanneries underscore their commitment to environmental preservation and respect.

Every Piece is Unique

Choosing a handicraft made from Tuscan vegetable-tanned leather means selecting a unique, one-of-a-kind item that reflects your style and originality. No two vegetable-tanned leathers are alike. Combined with our meticulous craftsmanship, you are assured of owning a custom-made leather product as inimitable as you are.