Leather Making

Where Does Leather Come From?
An engaging animation from Leather UK that explains where leather comes from.

Vegetable Tanning in Tuscany
An insight into the craft of vegetable tanning in a Tuscan tannery

Cordovan Shell Production
The long and labour-intensive manufacturing process of cordovan shells from Toscana, Italy

Tanning and Finishing in Arzignano, Italy
The Arzignano region has over 250 tanneries, this detailed video explains the leather manufaturing process from start to finish

Hermann Oak Leather, USA
Hermann Oak was established in 1881, this video takes a tour of its tannery in St Louis, Missouri and explains the history and process of its traditionally vegetable tanned leathers

Elmo Leather Manufacturing
Elmo specialise in high quality upholstery leather from Scandinavian raw material, this video provides a lot of detail about leather manufacturing through the operation

Conceria Tempesti Vegetable Tanning
Conceria Tempesti is one of the best known vegetable leather tanneries, learn how they make their distinctive product (Italian language)

UNIC Italian Tanning Industry
An overview of the Italian leather-making industry 

Tour of Horween Leather
Horween leather is famous for the quality of its vegetable tanned leathers, this overview looks at why bag brand Libero Ferrero specifies it for their line 

How Leather Soles are Made
A tour of the Joh. Rendenbach Tannery by Hanns Redenbach. This four-generation company has been creating traditional, oak bark tanned, leather for over a century.

Aniline? Corrected? Full Grain?
Different qualities of leather explained 

How Leather is Made
A detailed look at making leather, slanted towards the upholstery industry. It is especially useful for demonstrating different finishing techniques.


Can Leather be Sustainable?
An interview with vegetarian Ana Maria Vasconcelos of the company Belcinto in which she explains why she sees no contradiction in using leather and looking at how they create sustainable products that last a lifetime.

Sustainability by CICB Brazil
A short animation looking at the leather industry in Brazil.

Exploring Italian Leather Sustainability by UNIC
A project looking at sustainability within the Italian leather industry.

DANI Sustainable Leather
Video showing the operations and sustainability project at DANI, founded as a family-run tannery in 1950 and now employing over 1,000 people around the world.

LITE (Low Impact to The Environment) Leather, production in Vietnam
Production at the TanTec Saigon tannery demonstrating its responsible leather production and focus on renwable energy.

7 Tales of Italian Leather
UNIC Sustainability report 2017.

The Value Of Leather
Brazilian Leather showcases designers and leather makers explaining why leather is special for them

Why Wear Leather
Easy to understand animation from Brazilian leather on the industry including environmental and economic facts


The Incredible World of Blackmeans Leather Jackets
Fusing the experience of fashion and music, Blackmeans hand-ages its leather jackets for truly individual style

Hermès | Luxury is that which can be repaired
Inspirational video in which experienced artisans restore and repair leather bags.

World's Most Expensive Bag
Catch the news story of the diamond Birkin bag that sold for over $300,000 at auction

What Goes into a $5k Bespoke Leather Jacket?
Designer Savannah Yarborough, makes bespoke leather jackets with a rugged individualism

How Bespoke Italian Shoes are Made
In a small workshop in Florence, Saskia Wittmer crafts leather shoes that are as unique as each customer. Watch the craft in every process.

Why are Louboutin Shoes so Expensive?
Christian Louboutin's trademark red-bottomed shoes have become iconic, but why do they cost hundreds, and sometimes thousands, of dollars?

Masterclass in How to Shine Shoes
Yuya Hasegawa, winner of the World Championships in Shoe Shining breaks down the steps in obtaining the perfect mirror shine

What is a GoodYear Welt?
Goodyear welting and other shoe-making methods clearly explained.

Gaziano & Girling | Footwear Factory Tour
The first new shoe factory to open in Northampton in 100 years. Watch how the leather is cut and utilised then see the whole shoe making process.


How Ballet Shoes are Made
Fascinating insight to the craft of making ballet shoes

Making Baseballs
So much complexity, including hand-stitching goes into making baseballs for the MLB

How are NFL Footballs Made?
Inside the process of making NFL fotballs

Cricket Balls - How it's Done
Watch leather cricket balls being made at the ​Kookabura factory

The World's Oldest Shoe
University College Cork archaeologist, Dr Ron Pinhasi, and a team of international archaeologists discovered the world's oldest leather shoe in a cave in Armenia. Understand its place in history and hear how it was made