Leathers We Use

Vegetable Tanned Leather - Beautiful & Sustainable

We are very picky about the leather we use. We settle for nothing but the best full grain leather (and occasionally, top grain leather), that has been vegetable tanned. With a little bit of care, our leather can last a lifetime, making it a sustainable choice over chrome tanned leather, which uses toxic pollutants like Chromium III, or PU leather (99% of all vegan leathers), which sadly ends up in landfills given its short lifetime.

Full Grain Leather used by Godbolé Gear

Full Disclosure - Always

We are completely transparent about our materials and methods. We believe you have a right to know exactly what goes into making each product. You will find the details about the leather used for that product listed in the product description section.

We use different leathers across different products, depending on its properties such as firmness, thickness, ability to be burnished etc.. All of them are vegetable tanned, and sourced either from within India or from the United States.

Vegetable Tanned Leather by Godbolé Gear

Full grain leather is the best type of leather money can buy. It includes the most sought after topmost layer of the hide with natural markings and striations. This is the crème de la crème of leathers. Every product made from this leather will tell its own story over time and age with a personality as unique and distinctive as you are.

Top grain leather is considered to be the next best in terms of durability. It also opens up a world of possibilities in terms of textures and patterns made on the leather. The surface of full grain leather is lightly sanded, and imprinted with the desired texture. For example, our crocodile print leather is made using top-grain cowhide.

Vegetable tanning is a method for tanning leather using plant sources such as tree bark. It produces leather that is firm, durable and full of character. Leather made using this process acquires a wonderful patina and gets better with as it ages. 

It is a long, slow process that takes four to six weeks from start to end by some highly experienced and specializes tanners. It is a traditional tanning process dating back to more than 5000 years, and passed down from one generation to the next. Only about 10% leather goods worldwide are made using vegetable-tanned leather.