Exotic Leather Blog

The Current Status of Metal-Free Tanning for Exotic Leather

Posted by Abram Mendal on Nov 10, 2017 5:29:58 PM

In a previous post, I mentioned the issues with metal-free tanning vs. chrome tanning for exotic leathers. The big issue with vegetable tanning was that—although it was more environmentally-friendly than chrome tanning—it produced hides that lacked certain physical and aesthetic qualities required in the world of luxury leather.

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Topics: custom tanning

Some Issues with Metal-Free Tanning Methods

Posted by Abram Mendal on Oct 31, 2017 4:38:00 PM

In a couple of recent blogs, we’ve talked about the Lineapelle expo and its focus on metal-free tanning methods. One of the reasons why veg-tan is catching on in the industry is that it doesn’t use the same kinds of metal-enriched heavy chemicals that chrome tanning relies on. This helps to limit the environmental impacts of the tanning process.

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Topics: custom tanning

Why the Exotic Leather Industry is Pursuing Metal- Free Tanning

Posted by Abram Mendal on Oct 30, 2017 8:58:27 AM

At the recent Lineapelle expo, there was a lot of discussion about vegetable tanning, or veg-tan. This is a metal-free tanning method that uses vegetable tannins to treat animal hides—one which has traditionally had a few issues compared to chrome tanning.

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Topics: custom tanning

An Introduction to Metal-Free Tanning of Exotic Leather

Posted by Abram Mendal on Oct 20, 2017 2:20:55 PM

We just got back from Lineapelle, the international exhibition “dedicated to leather, accessories, components, synthetics and models for footwear, leather goods, garments and furniture.” It’s a good place to go for inspiration and to get a feel for trends in the market. Most years, it’s about colors, looks, or, most recently, technologically-enhanced materials like touchscreen, gold dusting, neoprene stretch, thermal, and glow-in-the-dark.

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Topics: custom tanning

How Coloring & Finishing is Done in Custom Tanning

Posted by Abram Mendal on Oct 1, 2015 4:00:00 PM

In our last Custom Tanning post, we addressed the specifics of how to pack and ship your raw skin to the tannery. Once the hide reaches its destination, the tannery will transform it from raw material into a finished leather that is able to be made into all kinds of leather goods. As a custom tanning customer, you can specify the color and finish of your alligator skin(s). 

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Topics: alligator skin, custom tanning

How to Pack & Ship Alligator Skin for Custom Tanning

Posted by Abram Mendal on Sep 17, 2015 11:07:00 AM

Whether it’s for your clients or for your own personal project, custom tanning is a sure-fire way to get the unique results you want for your leather. In an effort to simplify the process, we’ve broken down some of the essential steps that are needed to ensure a solid custom tanning job.

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Topics: alligator skin, custom tanning

How to Prep Alligator Skin for Custom Tanning

Posted by Abram Mendal on Sep 9, 2015 5:37:00 PM

Tanning your alligator skin properly is essential to creating the finished product that is luxurious, elegant and durable for the long haul. The process actually transforms the raw alligator hide into leather which prevents it from deterioriating.    

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Topics: alligator skin, custom tanning