- Chrome-Free Leather
Leather is a durable and flexible material created from animals’ skin. If you care for it right a leather garment usually becomes more and more beautiful over time. The leather we use in our collections is a by-product of the meat industry and is also chrome-free. Chrome tanning was developed as a more quick and cost-efficient way to treat animal hides by using chemicals and acids to make the leather. This toxic wastewater can seep into the ground and affect soil and groundwater, often harming the people in nearby villages. The production of chrome-free leather uses a natural tanning method, such as tannins from bark, leaves, and branches. Being an entirely organic material, vegetable tanned leather will change over time, it will grow softer and darker and acquire a patina depending on its use. A chrome-free leather product is also biodegradable and recyclable.
House of Dagmar only uses leather that is a by-product from the meat industry and 100% chrome-free.
You can oil your leather garments to prevent drying and improve their water resistance – increasing the lifetime by years. If you stain it, gently rub with a damp tissue or cloth. Leave your garments to a leather specialist when you need to wash them.
Do not store your leather garments in direct sunlight, as they might bleach or warp. Store them in a cool and dark closet. Wrap items that you put away for a long time in a pillow cover or a wardrobe bag.