Rufus Country

Our leather is the result of centuries of tradition. It feels amazing, it ages like a fine wine and it smells like beautiful leather should.

Our Leather is sourced from Santa Croce a region in Italy that specialises in vegetable tanned leather. It is certified as 100% vegetable tanned. Which means it is tanned purely by using animal fats and vegetable extracts without adding any environmental damaging chemicals or synthetic agents. In addition all our leathers are finished by hand with the colours hand applied in the traditional method. This creates leathers that have warmth and character, something not found in leathers made by more industrial methods.

What are the raw materials used for vegetable tanning? Vegetable tanning uses natural tannins, obtained from different parts of plants including woods, barks, fruits, fruit pods and leaves. The most common tannins are obtained from Chestnut wood (Castanea sativa), Quebracho wood (Schinopsis lorentzii), Tara pods (Caesalpinia spinosa), Catechu (Acacia Catechu), Chinese gallnut (Rhustyphina semialata), Gambier (Uncaria gambir), Mimosa bark (Acacia meamsii), Oak wood (Quercus sp), Sumac (Rhustyphina coriaria), Turkish gallnut (Quercus infectoria) and Valonia Oak (Quercus macrolepis). The purpose of tanning is to alter the raw protein structure of animal skin, preserving it from decay and turning it into leather that will last a lifetime.

Italian vegetable tanned leather is based on ancient production methods from Egypt, Rome, and Greece as early as 1500 B.C.The earliest known example of vegetable tanning comes over 5,000 years ago from a small Egyptian town named Gebelein, located about 40 kilometers south of Thebes on the Nile River. So the tradition of these leathers goes back a long way.

Specific tanneries have specific recipes for creating their leathers often passed down from the generations before them. Ours is no different. 

The age old wooden drums used in the tanning process.

The age old wooden drums used in the tanning process.

Drying the leathers in the Tannery

Drying the leathers in the Tannery