1. The traceability of our leathers.
Valverde del Camino’s shoemaking story pivots around one raw material: leather. We do not manufacture with synthetic materials, fabrics or other products here. We must keep up the tradition because it is what we do best, but we wish to do so with the utmost respect for the environment and for animals. Therefore, we propose a leather traceability system so that our suppliers guarantee that the cowhide that reaches our workshop is sourced from Spain, from animals raised for the meat industry, complying with all the pertinent legal requirements in terms of treatment and care.
2. No exotic leathers.
I always give the same example: when I am given two glasses of wine to taste, a bottle worth €500 and another worth €300, my palate is not as discerning as to tell the difference between them. Both are excellent fine wines. The same applies to exotic leather, and cowhide, calfskin, box calf, cordovan... animals that are bred (in this case they are) mainly to market their leather by specialised tanneries that process the skins exceptionally well, producing leather of outstanding quality. In our case we do not work with French calf leather, cordovan or crocodile leather. Our leathers are top-quality cowhide, box calf and full-grain leather, while our exotic leathers are embossed cowhide. Drawing a comparison with wine, we are talking about the 300-euro bottle, and not because our customers do not have a sufficiently discerning palate to appreciate the difference. It is because, based on our principles and our leather expertise, we understand that the added value of one leather over another is mainly exclusivity. We are sure that our quality, durability, pores, dyes and finishes measure up to any exquisite palate. And so we make sure that the animal behind our leather has not been raised for any other purpose other than its commercialisation.
3. Vegetable tanning processes.
By adopting this principle, we endeavour to do our bit for the environment. There are increasingly more leather tanning techniques with processes that do not use chemicals (such as highly polluting chromium salts). This has its pros and cons like everything else. We are talking about a much more natural and thus more “imperfect” product than if chemicals are used. On the other hand, as the processes become more expensive and take longer, the cost of the raw material is also affected and, in a competitive industry with tight margins, it is harder to do our bit for the environment.