Quality and Origins-
The hides for our leather are produced in the European Union, United States and occasionally other countries, depending on which type of leather you choose. We source most of our leather from the European Union, with a few selections from India. Our solid plain leather, other than wrapped or complex styles, is high quality, top-grain leather. This means that the leather and dyes are not waterproof and should be treated the same as any fine leather accessory.
Environmental impact & Toxicity-
Leather manufacturing processes use harsh chemicals and can be extremely toxic to the environment, and even to you. However, all of our solid plain leather is tanned with only natural ingredients found in vegetable matter. Vegetable dyes are mainly used to add color, but, based on the color, the exact chemical composition of a dye will vary.
We carry a variety of leather styles manufactured in different factories, but the product is generally environmentally friendly and non-toxic. Our solid leather is free of lead, Formaldehyde, Cadmium, Chromium, AZO, PCP and other potentially hazardous chemicals.
Overall, the majority of our leather is compliant with R.E.A.C.H (European Union), R.O.H.S. (United Kingdom) and CPSIA requirements. If you would like more information, ask us.
Leather is a natural product and as such, sometimes restricts manufacturing to certain lengths. Remember, the source is only so big. You may receive one or more joins in your length of leather as a result of the production process. Rest assured we will always send extra if there is a join so you can cut around it and still make the desired design. Always check your leather before you cut it so that you can reconcile any joins or imperfections.
Due to differences in hides, and because natural leather can expand or contract during dyeing and drying, it is impossible to manufacture leather to an exact consistency. All leather can vary slightly in thickness, even on the same spool. Manufacturers have an allowance of +/-.3mm of the target size.
So how does this affect you? When you combine leather that may be a little thicker or thinner with a metal component that is an exact size, please know that they may not always fit together easily. We suggest that you stock a variety of metal pieces and leather so if you face this issue, you'll have other options at hand to adjust your design accordingly.
Sources of Leather-
Cow - Most of the leather we sell comes from the cattle industry, the most common type of leather with a great variety of styles.
Goat - Goat skin is softer and more supple than cowhide, making it popular for high-end designs and projects. We offer a few flat leathers made from goat. Please note that our gorgeous goat is not genuine goat leather.
Python - We offer genuine python skin collected from Vietnam and processed in Italy. Python leather is regulated and cannot be shipped to California or outside the United States without special fish and wildlife permits. You are responsible for knowing and following local laws that govern the sale of python skin.
How To Straighten Leather-
The best way to straighten leather is to let it hang with a weight on it for a period of time, maybe three days. It doesn’t have to be a real heavy weight, just maybe something like a can opener or a pair of pliers.Hang them from a door knob with a pair of pliers hanging on them after It does take a little while but leather definitely softens up using this technique as well as just wearing the necklace.