Before a cowhide is turned into leather, it must go through a process known as tanning. While there are several methods of tanning a cowhide, almost 90% of the world's leathers are tanned using chromium salts, which is toxic to the environment and has been known to cause cancer to those working with it. Nonetheless, it is the cheapest method and therefore the most widely used.
Meanwhile, only 10% of the world's leather is tanned using vegetable matter, such as tree bark. It is a technique that is natural, eco-friendly, and extremely labor intensive, but produces a superior result. While the chrome tanned process takes as little as one day, the vegetable tanning process takes anywhere from six weeks to six months and costs up to six times. Anne Wesley customers receive arguable the finest leathers in the world.
Natural or "Nude" Vegetable Tanned Leather is vegetable tanned leather that has not been dyed; the color is truly natural. Unfinished veg-tanned leather has gained popularity because of the unique and distinctive character that develops with use and time, which cannot be replicated with chromium tanned leather. Natural Vegetable Tanned Leather will slowly develop a patina, turning into a beautiful glossy tan color, and resulting in a truly unique piece of leather.
Founded in 1867, Wickett & Craig is one of the oldest tanneries in the USA, making the finest vegetable tanned leather in Pennsylvania. In fact, one of Wickett & Craig's largest customers is Louis Vuitton.
We use unfinished Wickett & Craig Tooling Leather, as well as Wickett & Craig "English" Bridle Vegetable Tanned Leather, available in black and four different shades of brown; tan, chestnut, medium brown, and dark brown.
Dating back to 1905, Horween Leather Company is arguably one of the most well-known leather tanneries in the world and based in Chicago, Illinois. While most vegetable tanned leathers are fairly rigid, Horween has managed to make one of the most supple vegetable tanned leathers available. Unlike Wickett & Craig "English" Bridle, Horween Essex is also available in colors like orange and blue.
Possibly the most luxurious of our leather offerings, Buttero is tanned by the Conceria Walpier Tannery in Italy, while their cow hides are imported from France. Buttero offers the widest range of colors and comes with a smooth finish. The touch is more supple than the Wickett & Craig "English" Bridle, but more firm than Horween Essex.
Our most exotic offering comes in the form of fish skin leather. Fish skin leather is a by-product of the fishing industry and has a truly luxurious look and feel, while also being 8X stronger than lamb or calf skin. Fish skin leather maybe the future of sustainable leather.
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