OUR FULL-GRAIN LEATHER IS SOURCED FROM TANNERIES THAT SUPPLY LUXURY ITALIAN FASHION HOUSES.
THE CANVAS: RAW HIDE
To make an enduring product you have to begin with quality materials. We select premium hides from best Moroccan tanneries and process them for over a month to obtain beautifully deep colors.
We use full-grain vachetta leather, which is one of the best leather types due to the quality of the skin and its remarkable natural attributes. Some brands use less expensive top grain or split leather that has been buffed to eliminate imperfections. This makes the hide weaker and removes the attributes that make each piece of leather special.
Tanning is the process of treating hides to prevent decomposition and produce stable leather. Fuss is often made around the tanning method, with claims that one method is superior to another. In reality, leather can be tanned using “vegetable tannins” (tree bark, oils, etc), “chrome salts” or a combination of the two. We use all three methods, depending on the desired characteristics of the end product. As a rule of thumb, vegetable tanned leather tends to be heavier and stiffer (therefore preferred for traditional briefcases), whereas chrome tanning results in softer leather that is more resilient for daily use. These characteristics can be manipulated using milling and finishing techniques once tanning is complete. Ultimately, it’s about the desired finish.
Our leather is carefully colored by hand using multiple layers of pigments without heavily coating the hide. This creates leather with warmth and character, and reveals the unique grain on each hide – something not found in leather made by more industrial methods.
Variations in grain pattern and color are a testament to the natural history of the products. These variations are what make each Lokman Aldabag article beautiful and unique. With time, the oils from your skin and daily use will imbue the leather with a distinct patina, hinting at the places it has travelled and the stories it’s been privy to.
We believe that a social conscience is more than a “nice to have” – it is vital to our well-being to ensure that our environment and communities are considered in the course of doing business. In line with this ethos, we carefully jauge each step in our supply chain.