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The Genuine Italian Vegetable Tanned Leather Consortium

The Italian Genuine Vegetable Tanned Leather Consortium was formed in 1994 thanks to a small group of Tuscan tanners, faithful to the tradition of vegetable tanning. Nowadays, the consortium consists of over 20 tanneries from the Tannery District of Santa Croce, united by the desire to defend the exclusivity and quality of their product and associated by the same strongly idea production linked to the territory.


The Consortium is a non-profit organization that works to safeguard this noble secular art, with the aim of protecting a typically Tuscan product, guaranteeing the quality of the raw material and manufacturing, promoting the skills of Tuscan tanners in the world.

Its activities are varied: scientific studies and historical research, exhibitions, conferences, technical seminars, practical workshops, training projects for young designers and students of fashion school.


The strength of the material also resides in its Tuscan tradition, which is why the Consortium is the guarantor and ambassador of this excellence in the world, has decided to create a quality label to guarantee the hides produced by the associated tanneries: Vegetable Tanned Leather in Tuscany. The brand is promoted through a certificate of guarantee accompanied by anti-counterfeiting systems and a progressive and registered numbering that allows the traceability of both leather tannery supplier and the product manufacturer.


The consortium tanneries operate in work environments that comply with all laws, health and safety of workers, with attention and respect for environmental sustainability; they are also subjected to periodic compliance checks.