So many expensive goods are labelled as “Genuine Italian Leather.” But, have you ever wondered what, in fact, that means?
Nothing makes Italian leather super special, other than the craftsmanship that Italian leather artisans are known for. And their craftsmanship does, in fact, make all the difference. The difference mostly comes from a process called vegetable tanning, unique to Italy, that the leather undergoes.
What is Vegetable Tanning?
Unlike other methods of leather tanning which rely on heavy use of chemicals, Italian leather artisans use only natural plant-based extracts during manufacturing.
Raw hides undergo treatment in large wooden drums where they are cleansed of salts and impurities. They are then tanned with vegetable extracts and natural tannins, extracted from trees and logs that give the leather its unique characteristics. The leather is then dried to remove excess moisture before it can be crafted into the goods you know and love.
What are the benefits?
The use of natural ingredients in the vegetable tanning process has three main benefits:
- The process results in leather that is built to last. It is softer, more flexible, and more durable than other leathers on the market.
- The leather has a distinct, timeless appearance. Because it relies on natural ingredients and the care of the leather artisans, no two hides look exactly alike. The marks that you find on the leather are not imperfections but unique features of each batch of leather made.
- It is super easy to care for. Simply wipe the surface with a damp cloth and dry it with a clean cloth.
Because goods made of Italian leather last longer and look nicer than other leather goods you may buy, Italian leather may actually be worth the investment. But, many Italian leather products command premium prices, just because they are made in Italy. It doesn’t take long to find Italian leather bags that can cost you many hundreds or even thousands of dollars!
The Last Brand Difference
At Last Brand, we strive to connect you with the world-class artisans who utilize these techniques to produce the world’s finest leather goods. But, unlike other brands, we cut out all of the unnecessary costs associated
Now the decision to go with Italian leather doesn’t need to feel like such a big investment!