Know Your Tan

For the shopper with a conscience

Living in a world with ever growing mountains of trash, we simply do not believe in throwaway culture and hope that together we can move towards a more mindful way of living. At Tan & Loom, our intent is to be mindful at every step of the way & that reflects in our choice of leather. To reduce the impact on the environment, we craft in small batches using vegetable-tanned leather in 80% of our products. As opposed to chemically tanned leather, vegetable tanned leather is biodegradable, durable & kinder to the planet reducing the chemical waste that ends up in landfill. Click here to explore the innumerable benefits of this alternative. 

Guided by the motto "waste is not waste until you waste it" another source of leather that we use is the left over leather or factory dead-stock.

Whatever materials we use, we ensure that the products are season-less in its design & built to last. You can know more about the varieties of leather we use, below. 

Slow Fashion Vegetable Tanned Leather Tan & Loom

Naked

Highest in the hierarchy of slow fashion, naked leather is completely untreated allowing it to retain a luxurious finish.

Finish: Smooth

Colour: Darkens and develops a lustre over time

Care: Prone to stains however takes on any stain as part of the characteristic of the leather / Keep away from sharp objects

Vegetable tanned: Yes 

Premium Vegetable Tanned Leather Tan & Loom

Signature

Durable & practical, this is premium, semi-protected genuine leather is perfect for daily use. 

Finish: Semi-matte

Colour: Darkens and develops a lustre over time

Care: Keep away from sharp objects and oil-based substances

Vegetable Tanned: Yes

Oily Vegetable Tanned Leather Tan & Loom Sustainable Choices

Pull-up Leather

This leather tends to have a more weather-beaten feel to it, with natural markings and an uneven colour.

Finish: Oily

Colour: Darkens over time

Care:  Takes on light scratches. Keep away away oil-based substances. 

Vegetable Tanned: Yes

Upcycled Premium Nappa Leather Tan & Loom

Upcycled/Factory Deadstock

Unused pieces of nappa leather or factory dead-stock is collected for future designs. We firmly believe that if leather is truly a premium element in our works, no portion of it should ever go to waste. 

Finish:  May vary

Colour: Will not change

Care: Keep away from sharp objects & oil bases substances

Vegetable Tanned: No

Distressed Vegetable Tanned Leather Tan & Loom

Distressed

Also know as "hunter leather", the tanning process gives it a distinct aged appearance with a matte, somewhat ‘distressed’ finish.  

Finish: Matte

Colour: Darkens and develops a lustre over time

Care: Prone to stains however takes on any stain as part of the characteristic of the leather / Keep away from sharp objects

Vegetable tanned: Yes