The production of leather from animal hides follows a long tradition of craftsmanship stretching back to Ancient Egypt circa 4000 BC. Although until around 1860, dyeing was practiced with natural raw materials such as dye woods, plant extracts, or violet snails, leather dyeing only really came into fashion at the end of the 19th century, together with the industrialization of craft and the invention of chrome tanning and synthetic dyes.
Sustainable resource use and consideration for the environmental impact of our work are essential for Trippen as we continue to minimise our ecological footprint. Water is becoming increasingly scarce for our planet. Its consumption is a major issue when it comes to the production of leather for shoes. We approach this challenge first and foremost by omitting colouration, which allows us to save 20% of the water we would otherwise use. For our vegetable tanned leathers waw, lxp, wax and sat, our new undyed “OFF” colour has a naturally light beige-brown tone. Exposure to sun and oxygen will deepen its appearance over time. Our metal-free leathers, synthetically tanned through a chrome-free process, have a milky-white base colour when undyed. These include our new “Albino” leather in white and our white waw, bat, wax, and vst.
UNDYED reveals the honest and simple beauty of our high-quality materials, intended to be enjoyed for years to come through careful and sustainable use.
Of course, you can also have any other favourite model made by us in an undyed leather.