The Lydia represents our ongoing quest to further the intentionality of our clothing and shoes. 100% of the profits of each purchase is sent to a cause of choice.
This month's Cause an Effect choices selected by our #ShareThePlatformSlowFashion guest are:
-Farms to Grow: A nonprofit organization dedicated to working with Black farmers and underserved sustainable farmers around the country. Farms To Grow, Inc. is committed to sustainable farming and innovative agriculture practices which preserve the cultural and biological diversity, the agroecological balance of the local environment. Their mission is to assist African American farmers and other under-served farmers/gardeners maintain and create sustainable farms and spaces to grow food and motivate the next generation of farmers to grow sustainably and with the community in mind.
Small Business Support- We aim to expand access to ethically handmade goods and support small businesses. Typically, we will purchase a gift card from the small business in this month's Sharing The Platform feature to be raffled off on our Instagram platform. This month, our Sharing the Platform guest: Aliya Wanek has chosen to send the support they would receive to Cafe Dureya: A family owned Ethiopian food supply store in Oakland with vegan and gluten-free take-out. They started a GoFundMe page to help cover current expenses as they had to temporarily close due to a family member battling lung cancer and the shelter-in-place ordinance.
Custom: The Lydia is currently available in all our leathers, if you do not see your leather, please contact us.
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Character: This leather is a vegetable tanned leather that has been hand finished meticulously in Italy with layers upon layers of dyes and waxes giving it it's beautiful character and nuance in tones. It is a true artesan leather made with attention to detail and tradition. The full vegetable tannage keeps the fibers intact resulting in a firmer leather that relaxes quickly with wear.
Care: This is best conditioned with a good quality liquid saddlesoap. Darker colors can be conditioned or cleaned with a shoe wax as well. Be sure to test a small area prior to using.
This leather is sourced from a family run company in Barcelona. All of their leather is tanned within Europe, using European steer, this particular one is tanned in Italy and each piece is hand dyed individually in a time consuming process. The tannery is in the Tuscan region of Italy. They make only 100% Vegetable Tanned leathers and bear the Pelle Conciata al Vegetale in Toscana mark which are the strictest standards in traditional leather tanning and environmental standards. Their labor standards are also certified.
There are inherent variations in natural leathers, handmade manufacturing, and local sourcing. Color and texture variations can vary within the same hide. Different monitors can also display colors differently. You may indicate any preferences in tone or texture in the Notes to Shoemaker section if you are looking for something specific so we can do our best to accomodate.
For our other leathers, check out our Current Leather offerings here