Inside Owen Stitch — 4 minutes
Cowhide leather is a genuinely extraordinary material with a rich, more than 7000-year history. But nowadays, most of the leather comes from slaughterhouses and farms where cows live in tiny spaces.
Today, there are only a handful of places left where this material can be sourced ethically.
We think we have found one, and here are five reasons to choose this functional material.
Our Mongolian full grain leather is sourced directly from the plateau steppe, where Turano cows live their entire life in symbiosis with a nomadic family. Their life ends when circumstances demand it, usually in autumn, when the nomadic family is preparing for a harsh and long winter.
Full grain means that leather is not brushed, polished, or undergoes any other process to remove naturally occurring imperfections. It is the first layer of leather, which gives it breathability, strength, and durability.
No synthetic processing on huge production lines that use a lot of water and consume a lot of energy.
But the traditional vegetable tanning method, which we have been in use since 300 BC. process which eliminates toxic substances and rests on plant tannins from bark and plant tissues.
Due to the altitude and the cold climate, our cows live in an extreme continental climate with long, cold winters and short summers. This mighty environment is their home, which is why they are so resilient and their leather of the highest quality.
If there is a better place to source ethical leather, we have not found it yet.
We are committed to donating 5% of every sale to protect the environment and help unserved communities thrive in places where we sourced our materials.
Selecting ethical material goes hand in hand with consideration for its care. If you are interested in how to care for full grain leather, then read on: How to care for full grain leather.
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