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Questions?

Is vegetable-tanned leather an animal-free material?

No. It's a by-product of the cow meat industry. Our supplier gathers the excesses for us, to avoid them going to waste. In the day people stop eating meat — a lifestyle we practice and support — we will either turn to another eco-efficient material, or we are proudly out of business.

 

Why is it eco-friendly to use vegetable-tanned leather?

This type of leather is tanned inside a big drum with vegetable compounds. Like tree bark, flowers, leaves, and branches, with the waste result being water. Hence the name vegetable-tanned. Additionally, this material has a good performance in use. It's resistant through time, which helps reducing the initial impact of production. We also don't use harsh chemicals and avoid using machines to sand and buff the leather, leaving it in full grain.

 

I see some marks on my item. They kind of look like scars... What are they?

These are usually scars. Send us some photographs to confirm this with you. Leather is animal skin, and ours is obtained from cattle that roamed around the Portuguese prairies, in free range. They like to scratch on trees, on the ground and sometimes they do some small blows on the skin.

We use the leather as it is. We use it in Full Grain. We don't use machines to sand and buff those scars. We consider these imperfections to be part of the leather uniqueness and part of this brand's aesthetics. We analyze the marks in production. If they're small enough, it'll end up on the surface of the item. Big marks are usually avoided and used for our own consumption, because they're rad and waste sucks!

We don't accept requests to avoid, or make use of, specific types of marks as it is too unpredictable.

 

Is Full Grain the same as Top Grain?

No. We don't use Top Grain leather. This one is different because it is sanded, re-colored and re-stamped to make it look like full grain. This is done to mask heavy markings and to cover scratches done to the animal. In the end it looks a bit more unnatural and it is less resistant for daily use.

We only use Full Grain, the leather as it is, without much transformation or corrections on the surface, leaving the surface of the leather intact. This preserves the durability of this material, concentrated in the surface, it will look more natural and develop a beautiful patina with the use.

 

Is Full Grain the same as Top Grain?

No. We don't use Top Grain leather. This one is different because it is sanded, re-colored and re-stamped to make it look like full grain. This is done to mask heavy markings and to cover scratches done to the animal. In the end it looks a bit more unnatural and it is less resistant for daily use.

We only use Full Grain, the leather as it is, without much transformation or corrections on the surface, leaving the surface of the leather intact. This preserves the durability of this material, concentrated in the surface, it will look more natural and develop a beautiful patina with the use.

 

How do i keep the leather in a good shape?

Follow this guide we wrote about some essential steps in leather care.

 

How are the products made?

Our production is very artisanal and organic, preserving the looks of the materials used. They are selected by balancing the rugged look with the function and the intended design.

Parts are mostly hand-drawn and hand-cut, or die-cut. Some details are hand-stitched, while others are stitched with machines that require a lot of manpower, and in some other details two craftsman are required, to patiently finish a piece. In the end it is brushed and conditioned by hand, with organic beeswax made by the craftsman.