PHILOSOPHY

The food industry generates an abundance of hides, and it makes sense to recycle them. Leather, treated properly, becomes a useful organic product

leather veg tan hand | Bonenfant Atelier

We opted to work with vegetable tanned leather. Who doesn’t love the smell of fine leather? Our leather smells like good wine and ages nicely. Colors acquire a unique patina over time.

 

Our location in Catalonia, Spain, allows us access to the best tanneries in the world. We love to visit them, ask questions, observe, and learn about leather fabrication.

leather maker supplier partners | Bonenfant Atelier

Our suppliers have merged ancestral techniques and knowledge with new technologies. They have made the ethical choice of preserving low impact, traditional processes, while seeking solutions that are respectful of the environment (water reuse, low electrical consumption and recycling of all surplus materials).

To minimize scars and “defects” that would cause leather to be wasted, our suppliers prefer free-range animals, thus encouraging farmers to treat their animals with more care.

The skins we work with come from France and Spain.

traditional vegetable tanned leather | Bonenfant Atelier

We work with leather that has already been prepared. Large companies often order colors or styles they may not use, so we have many choices among the left-over stock, and we are happy to give life to high-quality unused leather goods

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vegetable tanned leather Barcelona | Bonenfant Atelier

OUR SEWING PATTERNS

We create sewing patterns that permit us to get the most from our materials. Nothing goes to waste. For example, we use the remaining material from our leather bag production to create our earrings, wallets and glasses cases. The last bits from our belt production are recycled into key chains.

 

RESPECT FOR THE PREVIOUS LIFE

We always select the most beautiful part of the leather for the fronts of our bags, keeping scars and natural life marks for the backs or the insides. We believe the rawness of the leather is its animal essence, bearing the marks and scars of life. 

Leather ages beautifully and marks eventually fade into the leather, becoming part of its unique patina.  

QUALITY

We carefully select every material to meet our high-standard expectations, resulting in sustainable products that last.

Leather bag rita handmade | Bonenfant Atelier
Leather travel bag organic canvas | Bonenfant Atelier

 

Lining is a 100% organic cotton canvas.

YKK metal quality zipper.

We use A&E Gütermann threads, one of the most traditional and experienced producers of premium sewing threads in EU.

Global organic textile standards GOTS | Bonenfant Atelier
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