Materials Owen Stitch — 4 minutes

Full grain leather

Our Mongolian full grain leather is sourced directly from the plateau steppe, where Turano cows are free to roam all their life.

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Why

Nowadays, most of the leather comes from slaughterhouses and farms where cows live in tiny spaces.

We thought that justice is done during the production process after all material comes from an animal, it must be used and processed wisely - no, we were wrong.

Most leather producers tanning their leather with synthetic substances on huge production lines that use a lot of water and consume a lot of energy.

When we started looking more closely, we knew what our objectives should be:

1. Cows must be free to roam their entire life

2. Leather processing must be based on organic materials

How far we got on the first objective?

Our material comes from Turano Mongolian cows. All our cows live their entire life in symbiosis with a nomadic family. Their life ends only when circumstances demand it, usually in autumn, when the nomadic family is preparing for a harsh and long winter.

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.

Patures:

North-west plateau, Mongolia

Tanning:

Darkhan, Mongolia

Production:

Prague, Czech republic

How

The journey of the raw material is not everything. When we scrutinised the production process, we aimed to eliminate synthetic substances and keep leather in its original state, including naturally occurring imperfections.  

Today, 90% of all leather goods are made using chrome or mineral tanning, a leather-making process that uses synthetic tannins.  

Our choice: vegetable tanning.  

Vegetable tanning is said to be the world's oldest leather-making tradition. The production process is 3x more expensive and up to 20x longer compared to synthetic tanning but uses only natural substances such as plant tissues and tree bark.

Complete walkthrough of the production process:

1. Curing - dehydrating and preserving with salts
2. Rewetting - bringing moisture back into the hide
3. Deflashing - removing flash and fat layers
4. Tanning - cleansing the skin with natural tannins
5. Splitting - balancing the thickness of the hide
6. Natural dyeing
7. Drying
8. Stretching the leather in the final directions

Production takes place at a partner factory in Mongolia and the entire production process is overseen by our quality expert Anand: the first Mongolian member of the Owen Stitch team.

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