Loyal Customers of Mackenzie Leather

Customers get more than just a bag when they purchase from Mackenzie Leather. They get a bespoke experience and a bag that suits their style and can be passed down to the next generation. Below we outline some of our most loyal customers, some of whom have been enjoying Mackenzie Leather bags for decades. Wayne Here we have Wayne proudly showing off his 16" Gladstone Bag. What makes this bag unique is the shiny brown Spanish leather with brass fittings, red...

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The Origins of Leather

The act of tanning leather in order to preserve animal hides is thought to be one of the oldest activities performed by mankind. Although it is not possible to date precisely, there have been discoveries of leather artefacts dating back as far as 2200 BC.  Raw hides were historically removed from livestock or game and used for shelter and protection from the elements, making use of the naturally water-resistant composition and thermal insulation qualities. The problem, however, was that...

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What Is Vegetable Leather Tanning?

In recent years, the mainstream leather industry has caused significant environmental concern around the world due to the chemical nature of the production process.  This concern resulted in research undertaken into methods of refining the manufacturing processes to reduce the harm caused to the environment. The result of this extensive research? Vegetable tanning. Vegetable tanning is an organic form of leather tanning, which makes use of a combination of bark extracts, fat liquors and organic dyes. Comparing Vegetable and Chrome...

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What Makes Italian Leather Superior?

High-end fashion owes a lot to Italian leather. Leather from Italy - or more specifically from the Tuscan region situated between Pisa and Florence - is so highly valued due to its impeccable quality, and the expert craftsmanship that has been passed down through the generations. It is for these reasons that, at Mackenzie Leather, we primarily use Italian Tuscan leather for our bags and accessories. But what is it about Italian leather that makes it better?  It all comes...

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