About Our Leather
QUIDDITY uses only Italian vegetable tanned leather from Tuscany, Italy, sourced from a handful of tanneries 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.
Vegetable tanned leather is made from cowhide, as a byproduct of the meat industry. It ages and patinas beautifully into golden brown over time, and is typically used for making saddles, armour, belts, and even the soles of shoes.
Our leather takes longer to make and is more expensive, but it is also more valuable and of better quality. Each Quiddity piece that’s made with this leather is made with meticulous care, and made to last.