Italian Vegetable-Tanned Leather Consortium

The Genuine Italian Vegetable-Tanned Leather Consortium regulates, preserves and guarantees the production of vegetable-tanned leather made in Tuscany through its quality trademark: Pelle Conciata al Vegetale in Toscana //Tuscan Vegetable-Tanned Leather.

The use of this quality trademark is bound to the observance of the Technical Production Regulations that all member tanneries are committed to respect.

The Disciplinary contains a precise definition of “vegetable-tanned leather”, establishes that the   production process in its qualifying phases is carried out entirely in the Tuscan territory and provides that strict physical and chemical reference parameters are observed for the leather to be marked Pelle Conciata al Vegetale in Toscana //“Tuscan Vegetable-Tanned Leather”.

PELLE CONCIATA AL VEGETALE IN TOSCANA IS THE SYMBOL THAT GUARANTEES THIS LEATHER, AN ICON OF EXCELLENCE,  IS MADE TO THE EXACTING STANDARDS OF THE CONSORZIO.

The Consortium has created a guarantee  certificate equipped with a supply chain traceability system that certifies the quality and origin of the product.

The Genuine Italian Vegetable-Tanned Leather Consortium is the exclusive owner of the registered trademark “Pelle Conciata al Vegetale in Toscana”. Only the Consortium can allow customers of its member tanneries to use it by signing a contract of license which entitles them to attach the label “Pelle Conciata al Vegetale in Toscana” to their finished product.

UNDER THE SKIN WE ALL HAVE A HEART

Vegetable-tanned leather absorbs the traces of our life, it matures and transforms with the passage of time. The natural ageing does not compromise its qualities, it is a rare material that actually improves with use. It embodies the signs of time and use as the most personal expression of naturalness and truth.

VEGETABLE TANNING

Vegetable tanning has origins in prehistory and in Tuscany has reached its greatest expression. For centuries, the Tuscan master tanners have handed down the precious artisan tradition, which today is a combination of ancient recipes and advanced technology. The tanneries associated with the consortium, heirs of experience and centuries-old knowledge, still carry out with care and passion the slow process that transforms the raw hides into leather, with total respect for nature. It is a process based on the use of natural tannins from trees and plants, aided by innovative new technologies and the slow passage of time. 

Among the various tanning methods, vegetable tanning is the most traditional and recognizable. It imparts highly characteristic intrinsic properties to leather, determining a wide range of application and uniqueness of the product.

Vacchetta leather does not lie,
it is not afraid to be the testimony of the passage time.

The vegetable-tanning process is based on the use of tannins, the active ingredient responsible for the transformation of the animal hide into a compact and resistant material. Tanins can be found in many different trees and plants, in variable concentration according to the different species. These natural tannin extracts make vegetable-tanned leather unique and easily distinguishable.

VEGETABLE TANNING IS A  PROCESS THAT DERIVES DIRECTLY FROM NATURE AND – IN FULL CIRCULARITY – TO NATURE RETURNS.

Vegetable-tanned leather embodies the experience of our life. It matures over time, a rare material that actually improves with age and use. It is precisely these changes and personalization that testify to the naturalness of the product. The innate colors of the tannins  give warm tones to the leather, which tend to intensify with the passage of time and daily use.

Choosing a product made of Tuscan Vegetable-Tanned Leather means choosing a one-of-a-kind object that uniquely reflects the owner’s values and lifestyle.

No leather is exactly the same as any other, its intrinsic characteristics offer a wide range of possible interpretations in shape and design. Designers find a material capable of adding value to their project, consumers find a product which transcends fast fashion and trends, gaining value with the passing of time.

  • No animal is killed for its skin. On the contrary, the raw hides used by our tanneries are the discarded by-products of the food industry producing meat for human consumption  which otherwise would have notable environmental impact in their disposal.
  • Starting with a natural and renewable material, tanned with natural tannins, a vegetable-tanned leather object can biodegrade at the end of its lifecycle, thanks to its chemical-biological characteristics.
  • Many of the substances used during the tanning process are recovered, recycled, and reused in different fields. Hair removed from raw hides is transformed into agricultural fertilizer; sludge produced by the depuration plants is repurposed for use as construction material.
  • Tuscan vegetable-tanned leather, recognizable by its trademark, does not contain any toxic substances such as azo-dyes, nickel, PCP or chrome VI, harmful not only to man but also to the environment.

THE GUARANTEE LABEL

It is the possibility and responsibility of choice
that makes us profoundly human.

And to help to choose responsibly, the Consortium created a guarantee certificate with a product traceability system. It certifies with complete transparency, that the origins and entire production cycle of the leather complies with their Technical Production Regulations. Customers of the associated tanneries have the right, upon signing a licensing agreement, to apply the Pelle Conciata al Vegetale in Toscana/Tuscan Vegetable-Tanned Leather warranty tag to their finished products.The Genuine Italian Vegetable-Tanned Leather Consortium
is the exclusive owner of the registered trademark “Pelle Conciata al Vegetale in Toscana”.

Source: The Italian Vegetable Tanned Leather Consortium

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