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What is saddle-stitch sewing?
This type of sewing is done by hand, using two needles attached to the ends of the same thread. Each stitch is formed by alternately passing a thread over and a thread under each stitch. This is the most solid method of manufacture, but also the most time-consuming!
What is a slice finish?
When two layers of leather are joined together, an operation called polishing is carried out by hand, using the traditional saddlery and leatherwork know-how acquired at Hermès, it ensures not to leave the raw leather slices unsightly and vulnerable to humidity. A beeswax finish provides a long-lasting protection.
What is vegetable tanning?
Tanning is the process that transforms animal skins into flexible and durable leathers. It enables them to resist water and not degrade. The vegetable tanning process uses vegetable tannins (bark, leaves, roots, fruit), unlike mineral tanning, which uses chromium salts. This ancestral tanning technique is more respectful of the environment, and produces leather that is beneficial to the health of users, thanks to its innocuous and anti-allergic qualities, as well as to that of tanners.
Does seawater leather smell of fish?
No, once the fish skin has been tanned, it becomes a marine leather with a woody odor from the tannins used in vegetable tanning.
What is “mégisserie”?
Tawing is the tanning of sheep (lambs, sheep) and goat (goats) skins. In contrast to the tanner, who processes larger hides (calves, cows, bulls, buffaloes), the “mégissier” works with smaller hides.
What is upcycling?
Upcycling is enhanced recycling. The idea is to recover products or materials to create new objects by improving their quality.
What is a full-grain leather?
“Full-grain” refers to the surface of the skin. Full-grain leather is a leather that has retained its top surface intact. Full-grain leather, even of high quality, keeps the roughness of the skin like healed scratches, small scars, insect bites, natural wrinkles on the neck or the mark of certain veins. After selection of the skin, the tanner will deal with the presence of these asperities. Indeed, full-grain leather does not undergo any other alteration than tanning itself. The entire thickness of the leather is used and the leather is exposed on the skin side. Full-grain leathers are sometimes treated with an aniline finish. It is a transparent finish of low thickness to keep the natural appearance of the leather.