We’re moving forward with production for the November campaign.
As you can probably guess, the most important material for us is leather. That's why each item from the campaign will be handcrafted from beautiful full grain leather from Argentina (except the Alba sneakers, which will be made from full grain leather from an Italian tannery).
When choosing our leather, we always go for full grain calfskin. Full grain means that the outermost layer of the skin is left with the original pores intact. No artificial correction such as sanding or buffing is applied. Most importantly, no synthetic layers are applied to cover up imperfections or poorly tanned hides.
The importance of a full grain leather is that it preserves the natural layer containing the higher pore density where the fibers are tighter and more flexible (and in most leather lovers' opinions, beautiful). This means the leather has more structural stability than lower-quality corrected leathers, resulting in shoes that age better, develop more natural creasing, and don't peel or crack over time.
Also, as this leather preserves its original grain, it can absorb conditioners better, which means they are easier to maintain. With proper care, items made with this leather can last a lifetime.
In short, this full grain leather more durable, looks better and more natural, and will develop a unique patina over time. You’ll see and feel the difference immediately.
The leather we’ll be using is also:
- Vegetable-tanned and aniline-dyed meaning it's better for the environment and chrome-free. The production of this leather is safer for the tannery workers and means your skin won't come in contact with harsh chemicals.
- 1.4mm to 1.6mm thick which ensures the perfect balance between softness and sturdiness.
Hand-finished with a blend of carnauba wax and shea butter to give the leather vibrant and lasting color.
The entire tanning process takes about six weeks from start to finish. We feel it’s definitely worth the extra time and effort and we’re sure you will too.
If you have any questions about the leather we’ll be using (or anything else), just leave a comment below and I’ll be happy to answer.
The next step in the process for all products is measuring and cutting the leather by hand. Once this step is underway, I’ll be sure to let you know with photos and videos from the factory so you can see yourself how each shoe, bag, and jacket is made.