We only use the highest quality natural leather from the U.S. as well as German chrome tan and Italian vegetable tanned leathers. All leather tanned in the U.S. is a byproduct of the meat industry.
Vegetable Tanned Leather
Tannin used to tan this leather is found in the bark and leaves of many plants. Hides are stretched on frames and immersed for several weeks in vats of increasing concentrations of tannin. The tannin molecules bind to the leather to make it waterproof, rot resistant and flexible. The final step of the finishing process is tumbling the leather with oils and dye before it is shipped to us.
Vachetta-The Natural Leather
Vachetta is untreated Italian leather, designed to age with a process called Patina. It’s color will depend on what your item is exposed to, including oils from your skin. Vachetta is also susceptible to water. The aftermath, your Vachetta item will develop its own unique characteristic.
Canvas is the core material of our products. All canvas we use is 100% cotton and grown in either the U.S., India or Pakistan – the three largest cotton producing countries.
This is simply canvas without any finishing or dyeing – canvas in its natural state.
Our organic canvas is grown in the U.S. by the Texas Organic Cotton Marketing Cooperative. It is milled and woven in South Carolina at a plant that specializes exclusively in organic cotton fabric.
The mellow sheen of Waxwear comes from treating tightly woven canvas with special waxes and oils. As a result, the fabric is resilient, weather-resistant and subject to the same gradual wearing-in as our indigo fabric. Our Waxwear comes directly from Herbert Rice Fabrics, Inc., a New York-based company started by the Martin family in the 1800s. Their secret finishing process is earth-safe: it uses pharmaceutical grade waxes and oils and is completely free of hazardous solvents.
Our water-repellent fabrics are made without the use of formaldehyde or fluoropolymers. The fabric is highly water-resistant, but still has a soft hand. It is finished by Martin Textiles, the best finisher in the U.S.housands-year-old tradition.