A NOTE ABOUT VEGGIE-TAN LEATHER:
Natural veggie-tan leather is a NAKED leather, which means it is very minimally processed & finished. Because of this it will very easily pick up dirt and get roughed up. That being said, this leather is absolutely stunning with age. The color starts to deepen, get richer, and eventually will be a beautiful shade of brown.
Veggie-tan is, in my opinion, the most noble of all leather hides. It is the same type of leather used for many generations by many of the best-known and well-respected luxury design houses. It is also the same type of leather used for saddles, belts, and all of the utilitarian items that leather connoisseurs know only get better with age. Veggie-tan will get darker and more beautiful with wear and time. If you take the time to show it some love with some leather cream, and take it out into the sun, it will get a little suntan as well. Additionally, it smells delicious and leathery, unlike many lower grade leathers which can smell noxious and cheap.
A BIT MORE ABOUT LEATHER IN GENERAL:
A happy animal is one that was able to roam outside, play with its friends, and occasionally get itself into a bit of trouble. Like the scars and marks that we humans acquire on our flesh during our lifetime, animals have the same story to tell. I always try to select skins that are smooth and consistent, but I will not in good consciousness reject them because of a small mark, tick bite, fence gash, or general physical sign of a life well lived. In short, since leather is a natural product, inconsistencies and marks on the leather are normal.
A NOTE ABOUT NATURAL DYES:
Natural dying is done by hand and is a very labor intensive process. Because of minimal chemical processing, it also has a hard time completely, 100%, setting into the fabric. Color setting processes are put in place at the dye house to ensure that the most color possible is locked into the fabric. This process is then repeated again before final assembly of the bag is done here in NYC. Despite all of that, color WILL lift out of the fabric to some extent. This should settle down after some time and wear, but it is advisable to not wear light colors with the real indigo or plant based dark grey until such time that the color has completely finished lifting and settling. If you would like to further set the color in once you have received the product, you may do so by soaking the bag in a mixture of cold water and white household vinegar for about 2-3 hours, and then do multiple cold water rinses after the soak. A quick Google search on the history/process of indigo dying will also give you some alternative options for further setting in the dye, but similar to a great pair of jeans (ones that use natural indigo for their blue color), you mostly have to be patient with it. It will be worth it.