First and foremost you need to know that the leather we use comes exclusively from Italy and Spain – about 90% from the former. Why these two countries? Quite simply because both of these countries have a centuries old tradition of making and tanning leather. Italy has the most established leather industry in the world and most importantly remains the most forward thinking. The Spanish leather industry certainly compares in terms of quality but lags the Italian industry a little in terms of innovation.
For us the first thing we think about is quality and working with both of these countries ensures a supply of the highest quality leather. Quality manifests itself in different ways but starts with the raw hides themselves and then continues into the quality of both the tanning and finishing process. Raw cow hides come from a variety of countries but the hides we use come predominantly from France, Belgium, Russia, Brazil, Italy or Spain. Cooler countries tend to provide better quality of leather in general with the skins less naturally blemished by scratches, bites and abrasions.