Where is Dollaro leather from?
Buttero leather is from the Conceria Walpier tannery founded in 1973 and currently run by the son of the founder. This tannery is located in San Miniato, Italy, in the heart of the Tuscan leather district - home to the highest quality vegetable tanned leather producers in the world. Specializing in tanning bovine shoulders of French origin, Conceria Walpier has been producing stellar leathers for over 45 years.
As a member of the Genuine Italian Vegetable Tanned Leather Consortium, this tannery, its leather, and methods are held to the highest of standards. These standards apply to the leather produced, the manner in which it is produced, and extends even to the business practices of the tannery. A complete explanation of the Consortium as well as the standards and practices of the partner tanneries can be viewed on the consortium’s website.
What is the finish of Dollaro leather?
Dollaro has an embossed pebble-grain, semi-glossy finish. Being a vegetable tanned leather, it is tanned with extracts of bark and liquored with animal fats inside wooden barrels. It is then dyed with aniline (transparent) colorings, air dried, and polished. Unlike most leathers tanned using plastic pigmentations, the use of aniline dyes preserves the nature of the leather and exalts the unique features of each and every hide. This is truly unique, as most tanneries, in their quest for uniformity, use much harsher processes to hide and disguise the individual nature of the hides. This leather has no secrets or tricks, everything on the hide is presented to be valued aesthetically and texturally.
What is the temper of Dollaro leather?
Dollaro has a firm temper, making it perfect for small leather goods, especially wallet interiors and exteriors.
How does Dollaro leather age?
Dollaro is a very unique leather, especially in terms of aging. The act of embossing the pebble grain pattern on the leather seals the porous surface of the leather as well as polishes it. This makes Dollaro a very resilient and scratch resistant leather. Dollaro will acquire a patina of use with time, but it will be a much more gradual process and the effect will be less dramatic than other veg-tans.