Leathers are treated in various ways although the most popular for fashion are those supple, soft and malleable leathers, usually found in accessories, shoes and cloths. The process is called chrome dye because of the chemical used for tanning. The other process is called vegetal tanning. It refers to vegetal materials used for tanning, although some chemicals are added for coloring. Once the leather is tanned it receives a process of sanding that conditions the skin and produces an even surface, called full grain or top grain. Most of the leathers we use for high end products are top grain leathers with vegetal or chrome tanned coloration.
My attraction to leather dates back in time in my childhood on the daily visits to the family ranch in Argentina. Many tools, horse saddlery and apparel were made in leather so using them created a connection with the material that lasts to today.
Leather is fun to work with. It can be tanned, brush painted, hand painted, printed, carved, embroider, stitched and much more. There are endless techniques to work on a piece of leather as well as many possibilities when mixing with other noble materials, the results are fantastic.
Leather is unique in the way that doesn’t need anything else to stand up itself. The material has such a firmness that doesn’t need any filler backup or internal layers to maintain its shape. Due to its different textures sometimes soft, rough or hard it can be employed for diverse uses, specially combined with
We like to use floral printed chrome leather on our handbags with a combination of vegetal tanned solid leathers and the finish is the nice even surface of top grain as well as on our shoes.