What is Vegetable Tanned Leather?
Vegetable tanning is the traditional method of tanning. Tanneries take tannins from tree barks - typically chestnut, mimosa, and quebracho, and combine them in proprietary recipes to turn hides into gorgeous leather. The ingredients make vegetable tanned leather smell naturally and differently with variations of colors.
The Aging Process
Over time the tanned hide starts to take on a patina that is unique to the user. UV darkens vegetable tanned leather much like it tans human skin. Daily handling, water, and conditioning give natural vegetable tanned leather a vintage look over time.
In the above picture, it shows the progress of the aging process.
Leather needs to be treated in order to age beautifully and last for decades.
- Keep out of sunlight and direct heat for prolonged periods of time. This causes leather to crack and dry out.
- Keep out of heavy rain and water. Big raindrops can make splotches on your leather goods that may not fade entirely.
If leather gets wet, dry with paper towel or cloth, and let it air dry. After getting wet, leather is easier to get to grow fungus in high humidity environment.
- If leather is dry, use leather conditioner to moisturize with dry cotton cloth. Just like we do facial treatment. We recommend Mink Oil.
We hope you enjoy the characteristics of vegetable tanned leather as much as we do.