The skin comes from European oxen, these cattle are killed according to the strictest EU legislation. The skin is then sourced, depilated and the remaining pieces of meat are removed in a scraping process. The skin is now ready for tanning.
This is all done in the province of Brabant, in the Netherlands. We keep the supply chain short, ensuring lower CO2 emissions in production. The skin is first chrome tanned. This process is done in a large rotating barrel. Chrome tanning is a mineral tanning method which is commonly used today. The chrome salts that are used come from chrome ore. The color that the skin gets through the chrome tanning is light blue, which is called “wet-blue”. The chromium used for tanning is chromium III, not to be confused with the toxic chromium varieties, chromium IV or VI.
After the skin is pre-tanned, it is tanned. This is done vegetable. Vegetable tanning is the original way of tanning, done in this case with tannins extracted from acacia bark. One of the best-known tannin-compounds also occurs in tea and wine, called simply ‘fabric Tannin’. We call this way of tanning leather “combined tanning”.
After these two processes the skin of the oxen has become true leather. To get a nice smooth lacquer layer on this leather, a PU foil with the right color is glued on. This way you have the advantages of the leather and a nice smooth lacquer finish.