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After years of trial & error, research & development.

We at Ampersand Leather Co. have paired down the vast amount of leather options to this curated list of the following high quality selections.

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Vegetable Tanned Leather

Black | Natural | Cinnamon

The process of making leather by the use of tannins obtained from barks, woods or other parts of plants & trees, as distinguished from "mineral tannages." Also referred to as veg tanned leather, it is prized by for its exceptional beauty & workability. 

Vegetable tanned leather, using only natural tannins, has no negative environmental impact. The tanning method is ancient & requires skilled craftsmen, making vegetable tanned leather products more prestigious.

Vegetable tanned leather develops a rich & beautiful patina, & actually gets better with time & use. It doesn’t crack or dry out & thus has a very long lifespan. It has an earthy & natural tone & smell.

Vegetable tanned leather is initially a bit stiff & has to be broken in to be fully flexible & functional.

The colors from vegetable tanning are not as livid as in chrome tanning & darken over time.

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Harness Leather

Russet (Polished) | Black (Polished)

A vegetable tanned leather, with heavy tallows for exceptional weight, thickness, ease of cutting & durability, harness leather offers exceptional weather resistance. Dyed to provide rich color.

Traditional harness is known for its unique blend of waxes, oils and tallows, which are hot stuffed into the leather to bring out the true beauty of the leather and its grain. Utilizing a traditional process known as jack glazing, the oils are brought to the surface which creates a glossy finish that does not hide the leather's natural grain.

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Chrome Tanned Leather

Navy | Camel | Merlot

Tannage of leather with soluble chromium salts, primarily chromium sulfate. Today no less than about 90% of the world’s leathers are chrome tanned

Chrome tanning was originally introduced as an alternative to vegetable tanning, which is a laborious and time-consuming process. The result of this process, however, is a more supple leather, & better water resistance than vegetable tanned leather.

It is also more resistant to stains & heat compared to vegetable-tanned leather.

Chrome-tanned leather can be dyed in a range of colors, so it is an excellent option for customers looking for a wide variety of colors.

The color of chrome-tanned leather remains uniform & does not develop a patina as quickly as vegetable-tanned leather.

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Hair-On Hides

Various Markings & Patterns

Leather tanned without removing the hair from the skins or hide.

Hair on cowhide leather provides the natural beauty & durability of cowhide under the unique texture of calf & cow hair.

We use it to provide a differing look when combined with tanned leather which adds a level of sophistication & elegance.

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Oil Tanned Leather

Chocolate | Charcoal | Hill Billy Brown

The process of tanning with animal oils, which is used in the manufacture of certain soft leathers, & certain kinds of buckskins. Fish oil is generally used. 

Some Oil Tan Leather has what is called Pull-Up:
a process where the tannery applies a base dye before layering additional dyes and oils to achieve a uniform, darker look.

As this leather is handled & the final product undergoes regular use, the character of the base dye is revealed and a well-worn finish emerges. 

Very smooth top grain leather, with an oiled feel & a medium-firm temper.