Our Story Part 2
Since the largest Colombian tanners were only interested in producing industrial grade leather, it was necessary to go to the countryside where rural artisans and craftsmen tanned leather. Nestled high in the Andes in a little town called Belen, he learned from master tanners the basics of tanning, finishing and working leather. Jimmey learned the individual touch each hide needs and how leather can be crafted into a beautiful product. He understood with something as noble as leather, he needed excellent complimentary materials such as real brass fittings, durable zippers, tough waterproof linings and high tensile strength nylon thread just to name a few. Only qualified artisans can fashion these materials into beautiful products that we like to call "Masterpieces in leather". For over 50 years we have demonstrated Jimmey's philosophy through our firm commitment to our products by offering a lifetime guarantee* on all manufacturing defects.
LAND Leather currently manufactures in over 5 factories; many are family operated as we are, located in three countries - United States, Colombia and Argentina. Each factory specializes in a specific product line we offer: travel wear, handbags, briefcases, shoes, belts, sandals and wallets and more. Many of our original artisans are still with us today, and it gives us great pride to see a second generation, some of whom have studied in Italy, now taking over the reins. Today, they manufacture products which cover over 2,000 styles divided into several distinctive and well-loved collections. Each with a purpose and each specially designed for your adventures.
LAND has a special relationship with leather. Since we started we've worked with leather in many forms and finishes to bring to our customers the experience of owning a premium leather product. Many times we have persuaded our tanners to break the traditional way of finishing leather and over the years we have developed a propriety of standards. Even though many hides come to us with blemishes, cured scratches, cured branding, we remain adamant that our products are made of vegetable tanned full grain leather - our preference. Often times a tanner will prefer to sand down the hide as they are concerned that the natural scratches and imperfections will show. Over the years we have convinced them that our customers want to see real leather and appreciate the natural imperfections and stories that each hide possesses.