What's special about Italian leather?
You are probably asking yourself, why is Italian leather more expensive? There is leather from many other countries which is a lot less expensive so what is so special about Italian leather?
Well here we are going to explain why. Why you should invest that extra dollar to buy Italian leather.
Lets start with the vegetable tanned leather (not chrome tanned leather!)….., it is an important difference in the quality of the end product. Vegetable tanning is a traditional Italian art, using craftsmanship and traditional techniques that have been carefully developed for centuries. The vegetable tanning process results in leather which has a distinct appearance and unmatched durability. One of the best features of vegetable tanned leather is that it develops a patina over time with prolonged use and exposure to the environment (in other words it only gets better with time!). Due to the gentle processes involving several weeks of treatment, the vegetable tanned leather has a much longer life than chrome tanned leather, it is also breathable.
The process of vegetable tanning uses organic material and natural tannins derived from the bark, leaves and branches of trees and plants. This results in colours that are rich and deep. The fibres of the animal hide used for the leather are visible in the finished product, lending an authenticity and personality to the leather that makes it more unique. Vegetable tanned leather also has a distinctively sweet, woody fragrance that is normally associated with leather. Each piece made with this leather has unique shades and nuances which are a mark of genuineness. The lack of consistency in colour and tone is not a defect, instead it's a characteristic of natural tanning processes.
Many big brands such as Gucci and Prada use Italian vegetable tanned leather for these reasons.
Then there is the handmade, Italian manufacture.... Italian leather and manufacture is made to last! In fact compared to other types of leather, Italian leather is the most long-lasting, it can withstand everyday wear.
Italian manufacturers make styles that are timeless and easy to maintain.
In the Italian factories we still use old fashioned techniques and work by hand, no big industrial machines!
When you invest in Italian leather you invest in quality, craftsmanship and durability!