WE KNOW QUALITY
Any brand can say quality is their top priority. We believe you also need to demonstrate this in your products for it to be accurate. From the moment one of our leather goods are designed and inspected, sent back to fine tune and then finally end up on the assembly line, our main goal is to design a bag that will continue to last and satisfy you for all your treks and journeys. What good is our pledge of premium craftsmanship and quality if our products don't live up to the hype? Allow us to explain below what goes into each aspect of your LAND Leather good and why we believe our items are designed to last you a lifetime.
The majority of our hides are full-grain vegetable tanned and come from the mountains of Colombia where the climate and altitude can give our hides a "feel" you'll be hard pressed to find anywhere else. Because of this, our leathers are thicker and contain less insect bites. Full-grain leather improves with age and develops a beautiful patina over time and with each use; with of course the proper care. Labeled "Little Italy" in the 1990's, Colombia has a rich tradition of high quality leather goods and hides. Colombian leather is widely known and used for its premium quality, wonderful colors and stunning feel at a very reasonable price when compared to Italian, Spanish or French.
We are strongly committed to only using hides that are a by-product of the cattle industry. This means no animal is killed solely for its hide. The raw hides used by our tanneries are the by-products that have been discarded from the food industry in production of meat for human consumption. Our hides are all individually inspected prior to cutting and we have committed ourselves to keeping a watchful eye on the excess waste of each hide. We get the most out of each hide by using scrap leather pieces to make smaller leather goods. This aides us in our commitment of reducing waste on every level.
For almost 50 years we've believed leather hides are mean't to be appreciated in their most natural way, which is why we keep our leathers with the beautiful natural defects they might come with; each one we believe with it's own unique story. Some hides come to us with natural scratches from the animal brushing up against a fence or might sport some insect bites. Our belief is this only enhances the natural look of your beautiful leather good and adds to the stories of your LAND item.
OUR HARDWAREThe majority of our solid brass hardware is crafted in our very own foundry. Staying true to our efforts of sustainability and a strong belief that no materials should go to waste; these solid brass pieces begin their life as recycled and spare metals. After being melted in a high heat furnace, our artisans hand-pour the melted metal into molds formed out of sand. Once the cooling period is over, the new hardware will make it's way to the finishing station where the rough edges will be grinded away and our artisans will hand polish the new pieces until they shine. The process is lengthy, dirty and extremely hard but we thoroughly believe in the added value it gives our leather goods. The finished product? Hardware and buckles that will last until the end of time.
OUR LININGSAbout 95% of our products come with our one-of-a-kind and well-known "Mapa Mundi" lining. This lining is durable, light-weight and was designed to be water-proof. It's waterproof abilities make easy clean ups for the most unexpected times in life while also making cleaning and caring for the inside of your leather goods simple. A trademark of ours is pouring coffee inside our bags to demonstrate the water proof capability our items have. The lining is often overlooked and typically is a solid color. We have decided to make it a focal part of all of our items while also having it add function to our leather goods.
OUR HIGH STRENGTH STITCHINGAll of our items use high tensile strength stitching to guarantee that your leather good will stand up to all of your adventures together. The specific thread we use is durable, strong and allows our professional artisans to hand assemble each leather good; in some cases assisted by high speed sewing machines. Our skilled artisans take tremendous care in the quality of their sewing and you will find our signature "X" sewing design on many of our items that acts to reinforce handles and straps against tearing.