lundi 23 août 2010


Where am i...looks like a scary place.

here, they work the "hides" with this electric tool in order to smooth the flesh of the hides.

this is to me where happens Magic. the "encollage" -preparation of the back of the hide- is done by hand.
It's the last place in France where they work that way.

took me an hour to choose wich ones i was going to take with me.
Thanks M. Tanner for your unbelievable patience.

to finally get to this...
i saw a lot of hides.
i could have post a much, much bigger post today, but i would have need an entire blog. This leather is the finest i ever got the chance to see.
Many operations done by hands in this tannery are not done anymore in France.
In this area, tanneries used to be the economical power.
This is the last one, and i am so glad they didn't close.
They are not on the internet because they don't need it; and have a fully load of orders from the finest -and some very famous- french brands.
From the slaughterhouse until the London leather hides everything is done here.
there is a "know-how" from the workers that has been transmitted for centuries,
a passion for vegetal-tan leather -and nothing else!-.
When you can "make" a leather hide -chrome tanned- in one day, the "london" takes 10 months, but it has a charm, a softness, a warmth...second to no-other leathers.

the straps...will be stunning.
thanks for the Tannery's boss to have allowed me in during holidays, and also for his patience, and kindness.
France can be proud of its leather.

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