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At 1984, Every Item is Unique, Made Only One. Just Like You. Just For You.
Handmade. Biodegradable. Chemical-free.Each of our products is a unique creation, with every stitch, every cut, and the entire dying process contributing to a 100% handmade item. We don't use any machinery when making our leather goods.Vegetable tanning, or tanning with plant substances (such as tree bark), has existed for more than 5,000 years and was the main tanning method for many centuries. In more recent times, however, with the development of industrialized tanning methods, it’s estimated that only 5% of all leather is vegetable tanned. At 1984 Leather, we care deeply about the environment – as well as about the well-being of our customers and craft workers – which is why we only work with premium vegetable-tanned full-grain leather (all of which is chromium and chemical free and biodegradable). All our leather is sourced from local villages. Your vegetable-tanned leather product will age naturally and evolve over time to become a unique, cherished item, whether you purchase it for personal use or as a precious gift that will be remembered for years.
WHAT'S VEGETABLE-TANNED LEATHER?
Vegetable-tanned leather refers to a specific method of tannage, or tanning cowhide into leather, in which natural materials (such as tree bark) are used in the tanning process instead of chemicals. One of the oldest tanning methods, vegetable tanning, or veg tan, is completely natural and results in 100%
biodegradable leather products. And, unlike chrome tanning (used on approximately 95% of leather products in the U.S.), vegetable tanning doesn’t
have a chemical impact on your body or the environment.
If vegetable tanning is so good, why don’t all leather products use this method?
Vegetable tanning requires a long natural process that’s more difficult and more expensive than other tanning techniques. For the most part, the leather industry moved away from vegetable tanning in the mid 1800s when cheaper and quicker alternate chemical tanning processes (primarily using chromium) were developed. Chemical tanning methods have since been the preferred method for leather tanning and are used for more than 90% of the world’s leather.
A unique look just for you!
Over time, as you use your vegetable-tanned leather product, you’ll notice the leather change color and display interesting marks. The leather evolves as it ages to take on a wonderful, unique look just for you and your life and helps you develop a more personal connection with the finely crafted leather product.