In Tuscany, the Genuine Italian Vegetable-Tanned Consortium brings together 22 tanneries sharing the same standards of production, according to ancient methods. Tempesti is one of the partner and the founding member, not only he safeguards this tradition, but it let it grow up with the sensible and forward-looking approach of the innovation. The “techniques”, precious workforce of the leather tanning industry are real alchemists who develop amazing leathers which not only can tell our past, but can also improve with time, determining the coolness of the brand.
Tempesti is the equivalent of quality, beauty and innovation and the Elbamatt is an example of this. The industrial patent which concerns it declares the authenticity of the most advanced techniques producing the vacchetta vegetable-tanned.
Elbamatt fits both the handbag industry and the footwear: indeed it can have different thickness according to the need, it ages very well, it has different paint chips and it has different finishing, from the polish effect, to wash emphasizing the aged effect.
Besides the Elbamatt, obtained from the back of the calf, the other Tempesti flagship product is Maine, a drier leather obtained from the shoulder of the animal. Always obtained with vegetal tanning, the Maine, perfect for the footwear, can be realized on different bases and in several colors.
This could seem a negligible detail, but it is not. Indeed, we have to keep in mind that vegetable tanning is a little bit like oil painting based on pigments. It’s not a chance that both flourished in Tuscany: their tones are clearly linked to the natural elements that are used.
For this reason it is impossible to find a neon yellow or a blue cyan, because this would imply a chemical treatment on the leather. Incredibly, the leather experts working for Tempesti have been able to offer a variety of colors with more than 60 shades, going from classic colors to irreverent pastel tones like coral, purple and mint green.
When I have discovered the leathers of this tannery it has been a real love at first sight and I can surely assert that a material of this kind is able to enhance any design.
I have recently proposed this leather to a client for realizing a project, he has approved it with a great enthusiasm, confiding to me how the small piece of material reminded him of the leather of his father’s camera bag…
How could I define it, the power of the emotions?