Our Leather

A Brief Word About Our Leather

We currently use vegetable tanned leather from Italy and Spain, all tanned in the traditional methods with some tanneries going back five generations.

Characteristics of the vegetable tanned leathers

From the long and complicated process of vegetable tanning comes a unique product that with time becomes only more gorgeous to touch and to see. The nature of this leather ensures that your purchase will be a unique one as no two colours are the same. Vegetable tanned leather create a unique characteristic, gaining character from its wear giving it that worn charm. The natural ageing does not compromise the resistance of leather but gives it a vintage effect that can even personalise shades of colour and represent the evidence of owning a natural product.

Pelle Conciata al Vegetale in Toscana

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.

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

No leather looks like any other, its peculiar characteristics offer a wide range of possible interpretations in shape and design. Designers can find a material able to add value to a project of fashion, consumers can find a product overcoming fashion and trends and gaining value with the passing of time.

Leather Tanneries

In an Ancient part of Northern Spain

A family of tanners follow a tradition dating back three generations. Working with full shoulder skins they maintain a legacy that seems timeless. In keeping of this traditional method of tanning all the skins are vegetable tanned and finished with oils thus obtaining a result that speaks for itself.

In a Corner of Tuscany (Italy)

It is in the heart of the incomparable beauty of the Tuscan; landscapes, between Pisa and Florence, that the noble art of vegetable tanning is kept alive. A handcraft tradition, as precious as ancient, that today represent a fundamental heritage of art and handcraft for Tuscany. Vegetable tanning, known since the Paleolithic; is a long and articulated process based on ancient recipes and knowledge, handed on from father to son until today.

The hands of master tanners have worked for more than two hundred years, to offer today a unique and timeless leather.

Vegetable tanning allows raw hides to become Genuine Italian and Spanish Vegetable Tanned Leather. In full respect of environment and nature. It is in large wooden drums that the leather is slowly converted in a strong material that can last throughout time. A slow transformation, taking up to forty days, a prodigious process combining the use of tannins, new technologies and the passing of time.

Aroma and Powders From Nature

Tannins are extracted from trunks, fruits, leaves and even roots of plants such as chestnut tree with mimosa and Argentinean quebracho. Giving authentic characteristics to leathers. Tannins provide unique characteristics to leather, making it immediately recognisable from any other methods of tanning with qualities including warm and brilliant colours, soft touch, resistance and its unique aroma of leather, the typical aroma of woods.

Our Vegetable Tanned Leather Selection

Saddle Hide and Antique

Soft Hide

Pig Skin Lining

Our Soft Hide is made from Italian and Spanish vegetable tanned leather, it ranges from 1.6 to 2 mm in thickness. A lighter more pliable leather.
  Our Saddle Hide is made from Italian Vegetable Tanned leather, it ranges from 3.5 to 4 mm in thickness. A sturdy and robust leather.

Scottish Canvas

The canvas we use with our designs is made with 18 oz waxed cotton giving it high strength and durability. The linings are made from 10 oz lighter weight waxed canvas. The concept of waxed cotton was originally developed in the early 15th century by sailors. Remnants of this sails were used as capes to withstand the high winds and sea spray. Keeping the sailors warm and dry.

In the years that followed, various treatments were applied to cottons in an attempt to find the most effective blend. The combination of densely woven cotton, impregnated with a paraffin waxed coating proved most successful. The beauty of waxed cotton is its durability and longevity. The fabrics are also highly breathable. The wax adjusting to ambient temperature to be softer/more breathable in warm weather and stiffer/more wind proof in cold conditions. Its proofing can be maintained by the end user, by applying wax into the surface, keep it soft, supple and weather-resistant. The densely woven cotton is strong and reliable, while the finish ensures that the fabric looks better with age. The wax naturally picks up marks  and creases through use, which add to the character of the fabric itself.

We use canvas primarily for our Gladstones, Satchels and Edinburgh Briefcases.

The hands of master tanners have worked for more than two hundred years, to offer today a unique and timeless leather.
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.
A handcraft tradition, as precious as ancient, handed on from father to son until today.

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Mackenzie Bags
17 St Mary’s Street

Phone number: +44(0)131 557 3969