At Ovae, we are passionate about bringing our customers stylish accessories made from the highest quality materials.
We sometimes get requests to make our creations using non-leather alternatives. While we respect anyone’s desire to be leather-free, we prefer to create our accessories with leather over man-made materials such as polyurethane.
Leather is a practical, flexible and beautiful material. At Ovae, we are committed to slow-fashion and our creations are designed for durability and longevity. Genuine and high quality leather lasts a lifetime, and even improves with age, while many man-made alternatives can crack and wear after a few uses.
Yet practical does not mean that we must compromise on beauty and luxury. We also love to work with leather for aesthetic reasons. Quality leather is a sensory experience; an invitation to touch, smell and see. Our customers often comment on how soft and supple our leather range is.
We do however acknowledge that the ethics and practices of both the leather and faux leather industries are incredibly complex and standards vary across the world. We therefore take our use of leather seriously and want to be as transparent as possible with our customers so they can make an informed choice when choosing Ovae.
Ovae’s Use Of Leather And Suede:
A brief history of leather
The use of leather is as old as mankind. In prehistoric times, animal hide was used for clothing and tents.
Ancient civilisations – the Greeks, Egyptians, and Romans – refined treatment techniques to soften and preserve leather. With smoke, vegetables and oil, they mastered the use of hides to make clothing, tools, and weapons. In the ruins of Pompei tanning equipment was found that was still being used centuries later.
As societies became increasingly more sophisticated and developed, so did the scale of manufacturing and the popularity of leather as an essential material. From leather covered dining chair covers in the Middle Ages, to the binding of books in the Victorian era, to Dutch traders introducing fine leather condoms to Japan!In the 19th century an alternative method to vegetable tanning was invented. Chrome tanning, still predominantly used today, uses chemicals to speed up the tanning process from close to a year to just a few days. Today, leather is still the material of choice for shoes and accessories, and creators continue to draw inspiration from the craftsmanship and traditions of eras gone by.