1/15/2010

Vegetable vs. Chemical (Chrome) Tanning


E.O.I. by Mr. Olive 100% vegetable tanned hand-made cowhide leather boots ($690). In our previous posting, we generally described vegetable tanning. We would like to show how vegetable tanned leather is different from chemically tanned leather (e.g., chrome).

These pictures were taken at Mr. Olive showroom in Daikanyama, Tokyo, Japan. Mr. Olive experimentally created chemically (chrome) tanned leather boots to see how they come out. The left is E.O.I. by Mr. Olive 100% vegetable tanned cowhide leather boot. The right (test case) uses the identical cowhide leather and identical color but was created through chrome tanning. Compared to the painstaking, time-consuming vegetable tanning, chrome tanning is quick and usually takes only a day. You can see the differences. But the true strengthes of vegetable tanning can only be seen with use - the leather is flexible and durable and will acquire further textures and characteristics with wear.

E.O.I. by Mr. Olive 100% vegetable tanned hand-made boots in beige. Made in Japan. ($690).

Chrome tanned leather boots (test case) using the identical cowhide leather and color.

E.O.I. by Mr. Olive 100% vegetable tanned hand-made leather boots in beige. Pecos style (available in fall/winter 2010).

Same boot as above made through Chrome tanning.

Side by side. Chrome tanned boot in front, 100% vegetable tanned boot behind.