From hide to leather

From hide to leather
Our ancestors have been using leather since the beginning of civilized life: Leather production is one of the oldest cultural achievements of mankind. However, we know very little about how to protect animal hide from degrading and how to process it in order to obtain a high-quality finish.
The aim of leather production is to prevent the material from decomposing. The raw hide is first chilled and preserved with salt and the reduction of moisture in the hide is then balanced by a special soaking process. Removal of hair, dirt and other unwanted material also takes place during this process via the addition of lime and sulfur-compounds. The cleaned hide is then split horizontally into two layers of even thickness in preparation for tanning. During tannning, the tannins form a chemical bond with the hide fibres which interweave to prevent decomposition. The wet leather is then dried and folded to the desired thickness. It is In the dyeing kitchen that the final characteristics of the leather are determined - pigments, binders and coatings are applied.

Rough Leather

Rough Leather
In this video we explain the difference between nubuk and suede leather and also demonstrate the most important step of rough leather care: roughening.

Nubuk and Suede

Nubuk and Suede
Suede, rough leather, nubuk and velours – there are many terms that describe this special, velvety material. There is plenty of room for confusion, but it is not hard to tell the difference between them.

High Tech Materials

High Tech Materials
Functional membranes require special care. Learn more about what to avoid while cleaning and which products we recommend for high tech materials.