Vegetable Tanning


- 22/10/2018 -

At LAPS, we have chosen leather to create a wristband that is as close as possible to your desires. Soft and natural looking, its vegetable tanning will sublimate your watches with particular associations that you will not find anywhere else.

Accompany a cigar leaf in dark shades with the olive green patina of the bracelet and bring out the iridescent reflections of the peacock feather with the Indigo bracelet for a touch of elegance.

Tanning transforms the skin into leather thanks to tannins. These substances make the leather durable and give it a very good resistance to the passing of time.

Vegetable tanning, which appeared in Antiquity, requires the use of vegetable tanning agents mainly extracted from tree bark (most often oak, mimosa, chestnut, quebracho...), leaves or roots. Its more natural rendering makes it a technique prized by the big luxury houses in order to work skins of excellent quality. It can be carried out by soaking the skins in vats containing tannins or in drums (a rotating wooden vat used during the dyeing process.) It is carried out slowly over periods ranging from a few days to several months. Thus, today only 10% of the world's tanning is of vegetable origin because it is longer and more expensive.

Natural, it uses only biodegradable products making the leather hypoallergenic and offers an eco-responsible alternative to mineral tanning using heavy metals such as chrome. This industry is one of the most polluting in the world.

LAPS selects its leathers in Italy and France for their superior quality and ensures that European standards of environmental respect are applied in production. We use calf leather for its particularly smooth, fine-grained skin and goatskin, which provides a supple and resistant, slightly grainy leather. Vegetable tanning will give the leather a beautiful patina over time, making these bracelets a must-have classic for both men and women.