OUR MATERIALS

We use premium full grain vegetable tanned leather to make our bags and accessories, which is the leather that is tanned using non-toxic organic barks and leaves over a period of 30 to 40 days (unlike fast-made low-cost chrome tanned leathers that are harmful to health and environment). We source our leather from a reputable tannery that focuses on sustainable leather production. Vegetable tanned leather has natural color and earthy sweet smell and develops a gorgeous patina with time preserving the story of its owner. W​ith the right care routine,​ it ​also has the ability to heal ​scratches (unlike chrome tanned leathers, which, once scratched, cannot be repaired without re-tanning). This ability makes vegetable tanned leather products much more durable than any chemically tanned leather goods, and keeps them presentable and rich looking for years.

ERA81 full grain vegetable tanned leather

Full grain leather is the outer part of the animal's hide that is known for its durability due to dense leather fibers and is considered to be the highest leather grade. It is also the most beautiful leather grade as each hide has a unique character that preserves natural textures and patterns that each animal developed during its life, including small natural markings such as bug bites, little scars, veins, and creases that make each of our products absolutely one of a kind. 

 

Texture Variations

We use Japanese YKK zippers that are known around the world for their quality, smooth running, and excellent performance. Our bags and accessories are meant to carry a lot of valuable items, so it is crucial to have a durable zipper to keep them safe! All our metal hardware is lightweight, but very durable in order to be able to carry the weight and withstand pressure.

metal hardware

CARE INSTRUCTIONS:

We condition all products before they leave our studio. If the product gets extensive use and/or is often in the sun/heat, please condition it with a small amount of an oil-based (not wax-based!) cream conditioner once in 2-3 months. Rub it lightly with a piece of cotton fabric after applying the conditioner to remove excess moisture. For normal use, please condition your product 1-2 times a year.

We highly recommend avoiding any exposure to liquids. We realize that it may not always be possible, so you may want to use a repellent spray for protection from emergencies. If the product gets water stains, do not rub them! Let the bag or accessory air dry for a day or two in a dry, cool place away from direct sunlight, then apply a conditioner.

Always test care products on a small piece of leather before applying it to the whole product. If you need any help with the care routine, please don't hesitate to reach out to team@era81.com

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