Vegetable tanned leather
All of our belts use hides that are tanned with vegetable materials derived from tree bark and various other plant materials, making it the most environmentally friendly tanning process. Using only natural tannins, veg tanned leathers are able to be recycled.
Natural tannins create a leather that is unique and has a life of its own. Through the course of its life, it changes continuously for the better.
One of the most traditional leather tanning techniques, vegetable tanning requires great skill and can be very expensive to produce. In addition, it can take up to 60 days to vegetable tan leather.
While much more time-consuming and expensive to produce, vegetable tanning does not use harmful chemicals such as chromium, which is used in chrome tanning. This takes chemicals, salts and acids to tan the hide in 1 day to produce a stable color. 80-90% of leather is tanned using this process.
the STOWE PROVISIONS PROCESS
Vegetable tanned leather comes in a natural color that has not been dyed. This allows us to control much more of the process ourselves.
Our goods are stamped, tooled, and designed in a variety of methods, combining both traditional leather working skills and experimentation by trial and error. We use a variety of multi-step processes of oiling, dying, painting and distressing our leather depending on the desired look and feel of the individual good.
We do not outsource the production of our leather goods. In our studio we emboss, tool, dye, paint, distress, soften, and assemble each piece ourselves. We have done things that way for over a decade and we always will.
The process of dyeing our belts is a multi-step process that often involves multiple colors. We use a variety of Eco-FLow, low-VOC water-based dyes, including tan, medium brown, dark brown, blue, red, green and black, as well as a variety of paints. This process leaves a finish that is a variety of colors, giving the leather a depth of color.