This is our second generation of bags.... With a new edition of The Day Case....
A major difference with this next generation of bags is the leather. I love veg tan leather, it has a life of its own, ages beautifully is hard wearing while maintaining subtle characteristics in its performance but also in its appearance over time.... It is also created using natural ingredients in the tanning process which for obvious reasons is better... But there is always room for improvement so this particular veg tan leather is specific because it is part of a consortium of Italian veg tanneries. This consortium has many ethical standards that they comply with:
-100% by product from the meat industry from farms which comply with EU legislation on animal welfare. A by product from this also addresses the problem of animal waste disposal.
-Metal free The production process of our associated tanneries is metal-free, and it always has been, thanks to the raw materials linked to the centuries-old history of vegetable tanning. Traditional and natural products are used in a production process which respects the precepts of sustainability and circularity.
-Work ethic The Consortium and all the associated tanneries ensure compliance with current regulations in the field of health, safety in the workplace, contracts and wages without discrimination of gender, ethnicity or religious belief.
BUT Most importantly:
The Genuine Vegetable Tanned Leather Consortium is based in Tuscany, along the banks of Arno river, between Florence and Pisa. The associated tanneries operate in symbiosis with the environment thanks to a production district that is cutting-edge, both in terms of technology and organization.
The associated tanneries use centralized consortium treatment plants, controlled by competent bodies that ensure the correct treatment and purification of tanning wastewater. According to the principles of circular economy of recover - recycle - reuse, the waste from the various processing steps is turned into useful raw materials for other supply chains.
Basically these guys use water from the rivers and when they are done with the water it is thoroughly cleaned so as not to decrease the quality of water or the environment it travels through..
If you have read this far then thank you.. I know its just a bag but all these qualities in the process of how an object is made and where it comes from are important. I used to think that these things are a given and should not have to be explained but it seems I am wrong....This consortium (Pelle Conciata Al Vegetale in Toscana) have been working towards this clean water technology for a long time and to be honest this is not a given and should be known about...and maybe one day be the norm !
If you don't say no one will know and the quality that we should expect as normal will get polluted with lesser versions. So this is how a good product should be made and this is what you should expect. It is all these points above that you are paying for as a customer. Other peoples genuine thoughts and efforts towards the product, its environment and the time taken to carry this out.