FOUNT uses a variety of leather. We are continuously searching to find the best materials possible. Listed below are some of the leather that we use regularly or periodically.
Our Full-Grain Leather is tanned with the Chromium Tan method with a water soluble Aniline Dye. This particular method of dyeing permeates the entire hide instead of solely the surface of the hide and makes for a richer, deeper color.
The natural grain of the leather has not been altered so each hide is beautifully distinct, highlighting characteristics like markings, wrinkles, striations, and freckles. Due to being tanned with chromium salts and dyed in oils, this leather is soft, rich, and supple, with variation in color present throughout each hide, making each hide totally unique!
Due to the inherent oils in this leather, minor scratches and marks will easily buff out. When your bag is drier or hasn’t been recently conditioned, moisturizing with our Leather Cream will get most scratches out. With use, this leather will soften over time and the oils present in the hide will result in a beautiful patina.
Regularly using Leather Cream will prevent our leather from drying out or cracking. This is one of the most important acts of care you can do for your leather product, and will allow it to stand the test of time for generations.
If your bag gets dirt or dust on it over time, use a warm wet cloth with minimal amount of natural soap to clean the leather. Always thoroughly moisturize your bag with the Leather Cream after cleaning it.
Our full-grain leather derives from English cowhide tanned in Venice, Italy. This tannery takes pride in its mindfulness of the environmental effects of leather tanning. All the water that gets used in the tanning process goes through an intensive water filtration system, rendering it drinkable before re-entering nearby bodies of water. As makers of heirlooms ourselves, we respect their rich history, as their tannery has been family-owned for five generations!
VEGETABLE TANNED LEATHER:
This is the oldest method of tanning leather as it produces leather closest to the raw hide’s natural state. The solvent used to tan this variety of leather has a plant or "vegetable" origin such as root vegetables and tree bark. This tanning process produces a leather with greater structure and firmness than other methods of tanning leather. The organic material used in the process of vegetable tanning makes this process eco-friendly and the waste can easily be composted.
Thanks to the natural tanning process of this leather, each hide retains its unique features, showing off its natural grain, shaped by various markings and wrinkles. Due to how thick and strong this leather is, it wears well over time. Vegetable Tanned Leather is impressionable, which adds to its character over time, but if you prefer to keep the surface smooth, the bag should be handled with this in mind.
Vegetable Tanned Leather ages in a way that enhances its character and beauty. With use, a process known as patina will take place when natural oils from the leather emerge and darken the surface. This type of leather will express its unique relationship with you over time, as different areas may darken more than others. For example, if you put your phone in the same spot every day, its repeated presence in that area will leave an impression in the shape of your phone. With use, this leather will soften and break in over time, becoming comfortable in hand or on the shoulder, as it forms gracefully with your shape and your usage.
Regularly using Leather Cream on Vegetable Tanned Leather will prevent the leather from drying out or cracking. This is one of the most important acts of care you can do for your leather product, as it will allow your bag to stand the test of time for generations.
If your bag gets dirt or dust on it over time, use a warm damp cloth with a minimal amount of natural soap to clean the leather. Always moisturize your bag with our Leather Cream after cleaning it. If you choose not to use our Leather Cream, please ensure that you use an all natural cream or oil and not a saddle soap. Test it on the back of a pocket or in an area that is not visible before applying the cream to the rest of the bag.
We get our Vegetable Tanned Leathers from a few different tanneries. Our straps are American cow hides tanned in Mexico. Our Banjo leather is Wild Buffalo tanned in India.
Nubuck is a type of top-grain leather that gets sanded down on the exterior of the hide, exposing a velvet-like texture. It has a soft touch and subtle drape. Yet, it is durable and strong due to being a top-grain leather, unlike suede.
This leather has a porous surface that makes it susceptible to its surroundings and it requires different cleaning and maintenance than a full-grain leather. Do not use our Leather Cream on Nubuck, as it will leave a stain. Damage is more noticeable and sometimes more difficult to remove on Nubuck than our other leathers. It’s best to avoid any moisture in general.
We recommend maintaining your Nubuck with this kit to keep the exterior nap velvety. To lift stains out of this leather, we suggest using this suede shampoo. For the suede shampoo, follow this tutorial.
You can also use dish soap to lift stains. We soak jersey cloth (or anything without fibers that can be damaging) in room temperature water and dish soap, scrub (gently) the entire area of the stain so that the leather piece looks uniform when we're finished, rinse the leather, and then let it dry. This should do a good job of ridding of the stain.
Our Nubuck leather derives from English cowhide tanned in Venice, Italy. This tannery takes pride in its mindfulness of the environmental effects of leather tanning. All the water that gets used in the tanning process goes through an intensive water filtration system, rendering it drinkable before re-entering nearby bodies of water. As makers of heirlooms ourselves, we respect their rich history, as their tannery has been family-owned for five generations!
Our decision to forgo any vinyl or plastic topcoats means that leather dye may transfer onto your clothes in humid weather or if your leather product gets wet. This is a rare occurrence, but if you would like to prevent this from happening, we suggestthis Leather Protection Spray. If you use this spray, it will result in a shinier look to your leather.
If your clothing has been stained and it hasn’t come out in the wash, we suggest the following methods, but we do not guarantee their efficacy as it varies from case to case.
- Dry cleaning
- Hand-washing with diluted Dawn dish soap