Nearly all Directive goods are made using heavyweight chrome-tanned leathers or natural vegetable tanned leathers, picked for their beautiful wear and durability. These are hardworking bags, made for daily use.
We have an established relationship with one of the last remaining tanneries in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Our tannery has been producing hides for major companies all over the world for over 70 years and complies fully with U.S. environmental protection laws. Other leathers come from US based tanneries as much as is possible. Every raw hide is sourced from U.S. domestic markets, making our leather 100% American made.
We pick hides based on the soft feel, sturdiness, and unique markings. Many of the unique marks make their way into our products making truly one of a kind bags.
Our goal is to make long lasting and hardworking goods for you and in that we have found that other materials (faux leathers and other synthetic fabrics) tend to degrade quickly over time, are often petroleum based, and usually cannot be repaired. The main goal is less waste, less trash. Leather is a natural bi-product of the US meat industry and would otherwise be wasted unless the leather is tanned and used. Leather is hard wearing, can be patched and fixed easily, and lasts far longer than synthetic materials.
Regular conditioning will help keep your leather soft and help it to develop a deep patina. We will be offering limited runs of leather conditioner- contact us to find out more. KIWI leather conditioner can also work to revitalize your bag.
Our leathers are colorfast, however some clothing, particularly dyed denim, can stain your leather with consistent wear. If you are concerned about staining your Directive piece, it is best to avoid contact with dyed products.