100% Made in the USA
Our tannery only sources steers born and raised in the USA. Leather is a natural material with a story and history. Holes, scars, brands, scratches, insect bites, fat wrinkles and other unique markings only add to the character of the leather. Often these markings are visible in full-grain leather and considered by many as the true sign of premium leather.
We are Americans through and through, and therefore it’s important to us to buy American. Our leathers and products are sourced from domestic businesses that support local farms and suppliers.
How do we cut your leather?
When we get the leather from the tannery, in two equal sides. (see below for description) We take the sides and cut them in half, so you will receive a half of a side. (Whole sides are available by request)
Since leather hides are never symmetrical or the same size, our cuts will vary slightly in finished size.
What is a side?
In its purest form, a new hide of leather is a full-hide. Uncut, the average full-hide is about the same size as a king-sized bed.
To keep the pieces manageable, full-hides are typically split down the backbone into what the industry calls “sides”
When we get our pieces from the tannery, they are split into sides. We then cut the sides in half, so you get a “1/2 side” for the listed price.
How are the hides finished?
We love the Chrome tan process. Chrome tanned leather tends to be durable, scratch-resistant, water-resistant and consistent in color and feel. Most of our leathers are Chrome Tanned unless otherwise noted.
What is leather temper?
(Sometimes also called “hand”)
Leather firmness is measured by numbers ranging from 1-10. 1 is extremely firm like rawhide and 10 being super soft like garment leather.
- 5-6 temper- A handbag will stand on its own. The leather may have some pop or click when you flex it in your hand. Also typically used in boots.
- 6-7 temper- A handbag will stand on its own but have a more relaxed feel. It doesn’t bunch easy and has a typical firmness that is easy to work with. Won’t sag. 6 is a very common temper for many leathers in our shop.
- 7-8 temper Softer feel in the hand and will not stand up well in a bag without internal gussets or a lining.
- 8-9 temper- Very soft and pliable. Can easily pleat, fold and scrunch
- 9 temper- Extremely soft and pliable, typically only found in lightweight garment leather. Works great to pleat, fold and even ruffle.
What is drum dyed leather?
Drum dyeing is the process of immersing the leather in the dye and tumbling it in a rotating drum to ensure maximum penetration of the dye throughout the hide.
We love drum dyed leather because you get a consistent color that runs all throughout the hide. Unless noted all of our leathers are drum dyed and struck through, which means that your color will go all throughout the leather. (no white edges on your cuts)