Vegetable leather: a classic product of the Tuscan tanning district of Santa Croce sull’Arno.

by | 15 Jul 2020 | A world of leather, Leather tech

Written by Attilio Ercoli

15 Jul 2020

Today I present some of the vegetable tanned articles that we have included on our site, always following the concept of sustainability and respect for the environment.

Most of these items are ideal for the artisan production of sporty and refined leather goods and in some cases for footwear.

Vegetable skin is obtained by using the tannins present in the bark of some types of trees, chestnut, mimosa, quebracho some of the most famous; it is the tannin that gives the tanned leather that characteristic of uniqueness that makes it so immediately distinguishable.

Vegetable tanned leather ages, but does not deteriorate, thus giving a value to the product made even over time. The colors of the tannins are peculiar to each plant and if kept naturally they give a characteristic imprint to the leather obtained: from yellow to pink to reddish depending on the tree.

Vegetable tanned leather guarantees the absence of toxic substances, such as azo dyes, nickel or pentachlorophenol and chromium VI, typical anomalous results of classical chromium tanning; It is in fact very important to take care of the tanning process since if poorly implemented, the formation of these toxic substances is at risk.


The dermis is the part with the highest commercial value and its quality varies according to the compactness or density of the fibrous tissue (on which the strength and elasticity depends), thickness, uniformity, appearance. of the grain.

The thickness of the skin varies according to the area of ​​the animal body: the back is the most valuable part because it is thicker, with a more uniform fibrous structure and with a very large surface (45-55%); the sides have a less fibrous structure and a smaller thickness; the shoulders have the same thickness as the back but a looser fibrous structure.

The articles we have included are:


It is a bull shoulder that can have a thickness of 1.1 to 4.0, always guaranteeing a necessary consistency thanks to the vegetable tanning and the structure of the leather. The size varies from 16 to 18 feet, the hand is the classic vegetable leather, sings and screeches to the touch.


It is a shoulder that can have a thickness of 1.1 to 3.5mm, greased so the hand is soft and round. It is used in an excellent way for footwear and leather goods, giving an artisan touch to your products. The size varies from 16 to 18 feet, the look is sporty and classic at the same time.


It is a shoulder that can have a thickness of 1.1 to 1.8mm, hand-buffered with aniline on tone, giving an aged look. It is used excellently for footwear and leather goods, the size varies from 16 to 18 feet. It can also be cut on the side in case of a lower need for quality and price.

Other items are ponza and positano, pigmented and semi-gloss, mechanically shriveled gubbio. All thicknesses from 1.1 to 3.5 are reachable.



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Written by Attilio Ercoli

Italian, he has been working in the leather and shoes business for 25 years; lived for 10 years in Leon, Mexico, a city that produces 130 million pairs of shoes per year, as general manager of one of the most important raw material companies for shoe manufacturers. 

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