We are proud to use Tuscan tanneries that produce the highest quality vegetable-tanned leathers. Leather tanning is one of the oldest human professions and the Tuscan community is known for its rich heritage in leather production. Most tanneries now are cutting costs by using chrome tanning which is less eco-friendly than the vegetable tanning process but the Tuscan artisans are dedicated to the tradition of vegetable tanned leather. Hides coming from meat factories are prepped and salted then naturally tanned using dye agents extracted from wood, bark, leaves and fruit which transform the hides into leather. Each tannery’s process has been passed down from generation to generation making each mixture of ingredients unique. BENE leathers are thicker and more durable than chrome tanned hides and the process is notably more environmentally friendly.