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Camo Vachetta

This Italian veg-tan leather adds a fun flair to any item with its eye-catching camo pattern which ages nicely on the pebbled surface.

Where is Camo Vachetta leather from?

Camo Vachetta leather is from the La Perla Azzura tannery in Santa Croce sull’Arno, Italy. Across the Arno river from Badalassi Carlo, La Perla Azzura is also in the heart of the Tuscan leather district - home to the highest quality vegetable tanned leather operations in the world. Specializing in tanning Bovine shoulders of French origin,  La Perla Azzura has been producing extremely high quality leathers for over 50 years.

As a member of the Genuine Italian Vegetable Tanned Leather Consortium, this tannery, its leather, and methods are held to the highest of standards. These standards apply to the leather produced, the manner in which it is produced, and extends even to the business practices of the tannery. A complete explanation of the Consortium as well as the standards and practices of the partner tanneries can be viewed HERE.

What is the finish of Camo Vachetta leather?

Camo Vachetta has a wonderful smooth, semi-gloss finish. Being a vegetable tanned leather, it is tanned with extracts of bark and liquored with animal fats inside wooden barrels. It is then dyed with aniline (transparent) colorings, air dried, and polished. Unlike most leathers tanned using plastic pigmentations, the use of aniline dyes preserves the nature of the leather and exalts the unique features of each and every hide. This is truly unique, as most tanneries, in their quest for uniformity, use much harsher processes to hide and disguise the individual nature of the hides. This leather has no secrets or tricks, everything on the hide is presented to be valued aesthetically and texturally.

What is the temper of Camo Vachetta leather?

Camo Vachetta leather has a medium - soft temper that will soften and become more supple with use.

How does Camo Vachetta leather age?

Camo Vachetta, like all Italian veg-tans I offer,  does not fear the passage of time, becoming more beautiful with shifts in tonalities, darkened by light, heat, and polished by abrasion. Camo Vachetta develops an honest personality unique to one’s relationship with it. Through use, it is not afraid to serve as a record of any and all encounters as it darkens and polishes each previous layer of scratches, markings, and indentations creating a warmth and richness of patina. 


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