The Art Of Vegetable Tanning

Traditional, innovative, natural and beautiful

Vegetable tanning is a traditional craft process that tanneries have handed down from one generation to another for over 200 years. It is an age old tradition, requiring very skilled craftsmen to produce and dye the leather.  The vegetable tanning method is the most classical, the most traditional, and the only method that creates unique characteristics in every inch of leather.  But vegetable tanning has been disappearing in Europe, except in one tiny enclave of Italy.  That enclave is where the leather for every single Bucklesbury is crafted.

The process uses ancient recipes and happens through the slow passage of time in wooden drums that respect the environment, resulting in colours that are rich and warm.  The process uses naturally-occurring tannins obtained from woods, barks, fruits, fruit pods and leaves including:

  • Chestnut wood (Castanea sativa)
  • Quebracho wood (Schinopsis lorentzii)
  • Tara pods (Caesalpinia spinosa)
  • Catechu (Acacia Catechu)
  • Chinese gallnut (Rhustyphina semialata)
  • Turkish gallnut (Quercus infectoria)
  • Gambier (Uncaria gambir)
  • Myrobalan (Terminalia chebula)
  • Oak wood (Quercus sp)
  • Sumac (Rhustyphina coriaria)
  • Valonia Oak (Quercus macrolepis)

Vegetable-tanned leather absorbs the traces of our life.  It matures without ruining.  The natural ageing does not compromise its resistance.  It reveals the signs of time and use as the most personal expression of naturalness and truth.  The colors give the leather an unmistakably warm and brilliant shade that becomes more intense with the passing of time and with daily use.

Choosing a Bucklesbury made from the finest full grain vegetable-tanned Italian leather means choosing a one-of-a-kind object that has no comparison.


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