Leather is an ‘evergreen’ when it comes to fashion, design, furniture craft, footwear, and accessories. People will always appreciate its sustainability, flexibility, beauty, and chic. Whether you are a manufacturer, a designer, an upholsterer, or a shoemaker you need to make sure the leather you order for your purposes is of best quality. Here’s some things it’s worth to find out from your tannery or the distributor before the start of your cooperation.
How the tannery deals with the environmental issues?
When it comes to the wet blue leather, you probably know that the blue colour appears after the process of treating the raw hide with chromium salts. Chemicals are widely used in the tanneries around the world and not all of them are good with processing the waste and keeping environmentally friendly procedures. This issue is important due to contamination problems and the good condition of the environment itself.
2. Where does my leather come from, is my leather in a good condition?
How far from the tannery live the animals they use for the skin? It matters, because we are talking about the natural material which is skin and it should travel as little as possible and in good thermal conditions too. Also, are the animals well-treated, how is the hide stored (should be in the cold store), how bug bite marks are dealt with – all these details influence the final product which is your wet blue leather.
3. How much it is and what am I paying for?
Obviously, you are going to ask for the pricing, but make sure you know exactly which measurements are considered. Skin type, weight, thickness, your additional requirements like colour or finishing. Make sure you get exactly what you’re paying for!
4. How is quality control executed?
Sophisticated equipment and a skilled professional are needed to precisely value the quality of your leather. Ask about the procedures and learn is you can truly trust your hide source.
5. How is your leather transported?
Does the distributor have what it takes to bring you your leather safe and sound? Ask about the conditions in which the leather is transported, ask about the temperature and how safety is provided.