Our Materials

Our Raw Materials 

Leather is the most important building block of each men's shoe, and its production is a process that requires masterful skill and sustainability forethought.

We no longer produce shoes from "exotic" animals and continue to research sustainable materials for the good of the environment.

Roughly 47 percent of the production costs involved in making a men's shoe are due to the costly raw material.

 

Currently, our tanneries are based in North West Spain, Germany and Italy.

The types of leather below represent a full array of leather skins. They are all used in luxury shoe production and they differ from the "look" and "texture" point of view.

Painted Calf Leather
Crust calf leather (painted calf) enables artisans to hand paint the pieces with special creams and brushes. The look is very artisanal. 

Box Calf Leather
The majority of quality men's shoes are made from the hides of cow leather. Box calf is primarily distinguished by its fineness, pliability, and grain. Box Calf leathers are hand painted by our artisans.

Calf Suede
Also called "Suede" or "Lux Suede". This leather is created from the underside of the animal hide, as a result it is softer, and more supple and can have the appearance of a "furry nap".

Kid Suede

Kid Suede is the most soft, velvety suede leather type which comes from small goat skins. The skins are pretty small which increases the price of leather (consumption per pair). It has a more refined finish with a smaller grain on the surface.

Polished Calf

Polished calf refers to rectified grain calf. This eliminates any skin imperfections. The look is not as natural as a regular, plain full grain, but the look is very good, luxurious. This type of leather is quite expensive because of the post-production processes that it needs at the tannery. Polished Calf Leathers are hand painted by our artisans.

Patent Leather
A type of leather finish whereby the surface is treated to create a highly glossy, shiny appearance.

Nubuck Leather
Lightweight, supple leather made up of the most outer layer of a hide, the surface is buffed to give the grain a light velvety finish called a "nap".

Sartorial Materials
We offer a full array of sartorial fabrics in our Platinum range, reducing the amount of leather required to create each piece of footwear. Flannels and velvets in sartorial patterns like Tweed, Plaid, Tartan, Herringbone, Leopard to highlight your fashionable individuality. 

The result of mixing these sartorial materials with classic hand painted leather in a shoe, can be truly astonishing.