Time to Talk About Leather

Time to talk about leather – Stella Soomlais studio
It is somehow often overlooked that leather grows on an animal and it reflects all the life of this particular creature, making it only natural to find scratches and scars on its skin. Tanning and further treatments of leather will not make these signs invisible and then again, why should we vanish this memory of a life lived?
An experienced observer can spot signs that point to misunderstandings with co-fellows on the pasture, encounters with barbed wire, bites from annoying horse-flies and ticks, wrinkles and stretch marks, pigment spots and many other signs of life really. 

Even more spots and scratches may get added also during the various treatments, transport and storing of the material. These last marks however are usually robust defects and add no value to the leather but the natural patterns are more like a life map of the animal’s activities and character during its time of natural existence. They do not affect the usage and function of the raw material in any way but rather give each piece of leather its unique quality.

Having this in mind we are very particular about sourcing our raw material as every link from cattle farmers to tanning companies have a role to play and many choices of responsibility to make. Our choice is to design our work-process and products in the way that would allow using and valuing this leather for the longest time possible.


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