To start, lets break down the what and why of our leather products as transparently as possible.
Leather: Ware mfg uses only Full-Grain, Vegtable-Tanned Leather
Stitching: Each line of stitching is marked, grooved, punched, and stitched completely by hand. The style of stitching we use is called "Saddle Stitching". We use this technique because of its durability when compared to machine stitching. Other benefits include the ability to use a thicker type of super durable waxed nylon thread.
Dyes: Colors are achieved through mixes of water based dyes and rubbed vigorously into the top grain of the leather. We also make our own dye to make black leather, we do this so we can have the properties of veggie tanned leather while having a solid black color that penetrates completely through the leather.
Other: 100% Pure Neatsfoot oil is used to condition the leather. Bees Wax is also used to smooth edges on belts and buffed into the top grain of the notebook covers and wallets.
Why Veggie tanned leather?
- Looks : When you look at veggie tanned leather you are getting an honest look into what leather actually looks like. When we receive leather, It is not colored and the surface is not altered in any way. We believe this is the best looking leather available. Deep In color and leaving each piece unique with subtle differences in grain pattern.
- Environment : Vegetable tanned leather Is tanned using tannins and other ingredients found in vegetable matter such as tree bark, wood, leaves, fruits, and roots and other similar sources. We are not chemists nor environmental scientists, but from what we have gathered is vegetable tanned leather is the safest option for the environment as opposed to other options like Chrome tanned and Aldehyde-Tanned leather.
What to avoid?
- Water : With any leather product, moisture should be avoided. This is most apparent with our dyed leather, contact with water can discolor the leather. Although, its not the end of the world. If any of our leather products get wet. Wipe them dry as soon as you can, a good rule of thumb.
- Heat : Excessive heat for any leather product can be harmful. Sun is not the enemy, UV rays slowly darken leather over time, and that can lead to very cool looking leather products. But a few weeks of sitting in the sun on your dashboard may cause your product to stiffen, In this case contact us and we might be able to suggest some conditioners to use.
What to do?
-Nothing: Just use your leather goods. Since veggie tanned leather is a bit stiffer than other types of leathers, its up to you to break it in!
- Belts : When your belt arrives, buttoning it may seem a bit difficult, but after only a few days, the holes you use will become easier and easier to button. After a month, you will be well worn in and you wont even think about buttoning it.
-Sizing your belt : The best and most accurate way to order a belt that will fit you erectly is to measure. If you already wear a belt , lay it down and take a measurement from the heel of the buckle to the hole that you most frequently use. We use that measurement to make the 2 middle holes on out belts. Why do this? Because pants sizes do not translate into a literal measurement. For example If you wear a 30 in Levi's jeans your actual waist measurement is probably closer to 32" So to ensure a good fitting belt, Find a tailor to measure you, or measure your old belt.
- Notebook covers and wallets : When your notebook cover or wallet arrives, it may seem stiff. Pen pockets and credit card slots will be tight. But do not fret! With use, the leather will relax and become supple. If Pen seems stuck, slowly wiggle it out by pulling the top while pushing the bottom up. Then... Do it a few more times. Before you know it it will be moving freely.
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