Preserving authenticity with full grain leather
We offer full grain leather only. Full grain means that we keep the top grain of the hide intact. Not only is it still there, but it is not tampered with. Something you can only afford if your hide comes from a healthy cow that has lived a good life. Below is a side view of our natural leather.
In the purest tradition, our leather is tanned using mimosa, quebracho and chestnut bark extracts.
Even the colors are pure.
When you've got nothing to hide nor to correct but you work with pure materials instead, the whole process gets more interesting. When leather is chrome-tanned, the only option left for colors is to spray paint. Here is how we get the final color of the Ruitertassen leather.
Our vintage color comes from our vegetable-tanning process that lasts for three weeks. The brown shade is the result of the action of the Quebracho and Chesnut extracts.
Then the leather is oiled and dryed for two more weeks, adding the darker touch of brown and the distressed effect.
Our natural tan color comes from our vegetable-tanning process that lasts for three weeks. The natural shade is the result of the action of the Mimosa extracts. There is no additionnal coloring treatment applied here. It only gets darker as the patina develops with years and use. Is is the most natural color.