Our leather

IL MERLO Bags and Leather

IL MERLO Bags uses superior quality cowhide that is tanned in Italy. We offer leather tanned with vegetable tannin for aging and chrome tanned leather for a soft texture and comfortable feel. Each leather type is unique with distinguishing characteristics. Use the guide below to find the perfect product for your needs.

Leather Types

Although there are various methods for manufacturing leather and the chemicals used may differ depending on the tanner (leather manufacturer) and product, there are two main types of leather: vegetable tanned leather and chrome tanned leather.

・Characteristics of Vegetable Tanned Leather

- A traditional method using tannins found in vegetables.

- Will age and develop a darker sheen with time and use. The more you use it, the softer and more distinct the patina becomes.

- Will last for a lifetime with proper care.

- More sensitive than chrome tanned leather. Water may leave stains and leather may age quicker with tanning.

- Can dry out so leather moisturizing cream may need to be applied from time to time. How often you may need to apply the cream depends on the product, but it's typically once a year. Other factors include the density of the leather, the amount of water it contains, and the frequency of use.

- Color staining may occur with leather tanned with vegetable tannins. (For IL MERLO Bags, we use leather that is manufactured and processed to prevent color transfer but, please be careful when it is raining or when wearing whitish clothing)

・Characteristics of Chrome Tanned Leather

- A relatively new tanning method invented about 160 years ago that uses chrome chemicals.

- Soft, pleasant to the touch, strong color and color hold.

- Resistant to dirt and scratches, highly water resistant, and easy to maintain.

- Does not require regular care. But if it begins to look worn, it can be restored somewhat with leather cream.

- Cannot be aged.

At IL MERLO Bags, we aim to create a sustainable society together with our customers by using reliable, environmentally-conscious tanner leather exclusively.