In Practice – Leather as a Part of a Circular Economy

How a local partnership transformed waste into beautiful and long-lasting product.

The story begins in Lynchburg, Virginia, known as the City of Seven Hills. Every hide in this collection was sourced from small farms that, like Moore & Giles, have called Virginia home for decades. Moore & Giles partnered with Seven Hills abattoir, a local processor who provides premium beef to restaurants throughout Virginia, to reimagine their by product as an unrealized asset.

Originally destined for a landfill, the hides were instead transported to St. Louis, where they were transformed into leather by Hermann Oak Leather in the same vats and vegetable tannage used to tan the harnesses supplied to westward-moving wagon trains starting in 1881. The quality and allure of the collection is matched by the sustainability and singularity of this locally sourced leather.

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“The leather industry demonstrates how it contributes to a circular society, where nothing is wasted, everything can be re-used and ultimately can be recycled.”