This is one of the best parts of running our own business! We love looking for fine leathers, threads, and hardware from around the world. Our projects always start with the very best material we can find. Below you can read about some of the different suppliers we use.
We purchase only the finest leathers in the world. The main tanneries we purchase from is Alran in France, Tempesti in Italy, and Sedgwick in England. We also occasionally purchase small amounts of leather from other tanneries for special projects.
Alran, French Goat (Chèvre)
We buy our goat leather from Alran SAS in France. This leather has a soft but firm feel, a truly luxurious leather that you have to touch to fully appreciate. It is fully pigmented, this simply means it has a protective coating applied.
Tempesti, Italian Vegetable Tanned Cowhide (Vacchetta)
Tempesti is part of “Pelle Italiana Conciata al Vegetale,” a Consortium of 22 tanneries in Tuscany, Italy. These tanneries produce only vegetable tanned leather using environmentally safe methods. The end product is a beautiful vegetable tanned leather that does not harm the environment. This leather is very different than the Alran goat leather we use. This is a cow/calf leather that comes in a wide variety of colors, textures and finishes. It has a firmer feel than our goat leather and develops a “patina” over time.
Sedgwick English Bridle Leather
We use Sedgwick English Bridle leather for our belts (produced in the UK). This leather is thick, and yet flexible at the same time. It’s an amazing leather to work with! This leather allows us to make a belt that will last a lifetime.
Fil Au Chinois “Cable Linen”
This fine corded linen thread has been made for generations in France. It comes in over 30 colors and four thicknesses. Truly the best thread you can find!
We use buckles, snaps, rivets etc. from a variety of sources. Our solid brass, stainless steel and nickel belt buckles and rings come from Abbey England; snaps and rivets from Japan; and watch buckles from Buckle Guy in the U.S.
We use Riri zippers from Switzerland on all our items. Riri was founded in 1936 and produces some of the finest zippers in the world. You will find these zippers to be smooth and of the highest quality.
For some of our products we use a wax base edge paint by Uniters. This is a very time consuming process but produces a beautiful, durable edge!