Quiddity aims to have a fully artisanal production and supply chain. Currently, more than 80% of Quiddity’s operations are artisanal:
Our vegetable tanned leather is sourced from some of the few tanneries in Tuscany that are certified and accredited by the Consorzio Vera Pelle. This consortium ensures the protection of the Italian vegetable-tanning tradition, which originated in Tuscany and is in danger of being lost due to the industry’s inclination towards cheaper, faster, but less environmentally conscious production methods like chrome tanning. Unlike chrome-tanned leather, Italian vegetable tanned cowhide leather uses no chemicals or heavy metals in the production process, and the consortium maintains strict standards in order to guarantee that the leathers produced in these tanneries are sustainably made and environmentally conscious. Our leather takes longer to make and is more expensive, but it is also more valuable and of better quality. To find out more about our amazing leather, please visit the consortium’s website.
Our brass stamps (which we use to brand our products) are proudly hand-carved by a father-and-son duo who own a hundred-year-old family workshop in the heart of Florence’s historical center. Their craft is also one where too few true artisans are left.
Our products are all handmade. This might not seem like a big deal today when Crafting and Etsy and the like have become popular, and casual crafters and hobbyists are aplenty. But for the luxury fine leather goods industry, it’s an alarmingly small club, with only a handful of big global brands left doing it by hand (such as Hermès), and possibly even fewer artisans left who know how to. Because of this, it is that much more important to preserve the value and importance of high quality handmade goods, and Quiddity prides itself on being 100% cut, sewn, and assembled by hand, by skilled artisans, and with meticulous care and quality craftsmanship.