As things ramp on here on the site, and preparations for the podcast come to a head in the next few weeks, I thought I’d go ahead and reveal our podcast sponsor. A PODCAST SPONSOR!? But how, with no episodes and a barren website?
Begging Flattery goes a long way, my friends.
You’ll hear much more about our sponsor on our podcasts, but for now a little introduction:
Something I love and am always enamoured by is handmade craft – I’m lucky enough to have a pair of desert boots, handmade in Portugal, and I’ll be forever fascinated at the craftsmanship that goes into my timepieces. To be able to own an item that has been conceived, designed, and made with skill, time, and love is something truly special. It’s always a joy to stumble on a small business or creator showcasing their talent in whatever it is they do.
On rare occasions I fall instantly in love with a product. This was one of those occasions. The Minimalist Wallet in Wood Brown from Crazy Horse Craft is something to behold. A single piece of genuine full-grain Scandinavian leather, perfected in Italian tanneries fold into an unspeakably beautiful wallet. No stitching, no excess material – just a soft, wonderful smelling, masterfully designed accessory.
Vegetable tanned Crazy Horse style leather is one of the most exclusive available on the market. At our special request, it is produced in Italian tanneries from premium Scandinavian cowhides with high oil content, and each of our pieces is certified by the Genuine Italian Vegetable Tanned Leather Consortium.
When scraped or folded, it will change colour leading to an attractively aged appearance. This gives you the freedom to make your new item uniquely rugged, rare and matured. The natural patina layer will grow stronger with time, leaving you with a one-of-a-kind item which truly reflects the owner’s lifestyle.
Full-grain leather is derived from just beneath the animal coast and is stronger and more durable than commercial leather. Often discarded by manufacturers due to its tendency to contain scars and scrapes, we instead believe these only make the final product more unique and beautiful. Imperfections might included healed indents where the animal brushed against a fence or tree, insect bites, nick wrinkles or even vein marks. However, we strongly believes that they document each animal’s own life story and so are embraced and incorporated into our pieces to highlight their handcrafted nature and individuality. Out leathers can and will diminish with wear but full-grain leather matures over time, developing a natural patina (surface film) which only serves to magnify its charm.
Production of our vegetable-tanned leather is strictly monitored to ensure a low impact on the environment with only hides which are by-products of the meat industry used. Because it is tanned only with natural tannins, vegetable-tanned leather can be easily and safely disposed of at the end of its life. It can also be recycled and is fully biodegradable. Furthermore, many of the substances used during the tanning process are recovered, recycled and reused in different fields. Our vegetable-tanned leather does not contain any toxic substances and can therefore be tolerated by those suffering from metal related allergies.