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Most of the leather goods you’ll encounter on the market is so called Chrome tanned leather. Instead of Chrome tanning, Axess Front Wallets uses Vegetable tanned leather which is produced using natural tannins. So what difference does it make? Let’s dive in and see!
Over 90% of the world’s leather is so called Chrome tanned leather, which is leather produced using a solution of chemicals, acids and salts to dye the hide. It’s cheap, quick and mass produced, typically requiring little skill from the tanners.
Chrome Tanned Leather hides are actually Blue when it comes out of the Tannery! This is called ‘wet blue’. The finishing color is applied later.
Vegetable tanned leather on the other hand takes up to two months to develop in a process that is mainly done by hand. It requires skill, patience and care and the tanning process uses no harmful chemicals, unlike its chrome tanned counterpart. Vegetable tanning creates a stiff, natural leather product that, on the downside, has to be broken in and cared for, but on the plus side, actually becomes more beautiful with use and age.
Vegetable tanning is the most traditional way of tanning leather hides and is a stark contrast to the Chrome based tanning. Using the method of vegetable tanning, making a single piece of dyed leather can take up to 40 days, but the result is much richer and more durable leather.