In my previous post I talk about some of the first reasons why I developed an appreciation for Italian leather products. Now I ponder the question: Is Italian leather really better?
My short answer is: “yes.” But for me it is not enough that something be made with Italian leather.
Although I have to admit that my knowledge of leather products from other countries such as Morocco, Argentina, or India is limited, the long leather-making Italian tradition has resulted in some manufacturing processes that yield the highest quality product while minimizing the impact on the environment.
Sure, I love top-grain vegetable tanned leather because of how it feels, looks, and regenerates. But what I really like is what a person who fell in love with leather can make, with his or her hands. Unless an artisan can tell me about his or her passion and love for leather and working with it… I can not get too excited.
But there is more, and I will explain that next.