Full Grain Italian Leather
The Leather: Full Grain
Full-grain leather is the highest quality leather money can buy. Full-grain refers to hides that have not been sanded, buffed, or snuffed. The grain remains giving the hide strength and originality. Our full-grain leather is ethically sourced from the French countryside and tanned in the Tuscan region of Italy.
The Process: Vegetable-Tanned
Vegetable tanning is an artisanal tradition that the Tuscan tanneries have handed down from generation to generation. The vegetable tanning process is based on the use of tannin, the active ingredient responsible for the transformation of the animal hide into a treated and resistant material. These natural tannin extracts make the vegetable-tanned leather unique and easily distinguishable.
Vegetable-tanned leather is known for developing a beautiful patina as it ages. This natural aging does not compromise its strength or durability but rather enhances its appeal and amplifies its uniqueness. The tannin colors give the leather an unmistakable warm and brilliant shade that becomes more intense with the passing of time.
Choosing a belt made of Tuscan vegetable-tanned leather means choosing a one-of-a-kind product. No one leather looks like any other. You can also rest easy knowing that this vegetable-tanned leather does not contain any toxic substances or harmful dyes.
The Tanner: Conceria la Bretagna
Conceria la Bretagna has been tanning leather for over 40 years. It is located in the heart of Tuscany between Pisa and Florence but its name comes from the French region where they source their rawhides. They take great pride in quality and tradition.
The Mission: Thanks for your help.
When you buy a Mission Belt you become part of a great philanthropic effort - or as we like to call it, THE MISSION. Like all Mission Belt products, a portion of the proceeds goes to help people around the world through micro-loans. It's a hand up, not a hand out. Read More