General Development Information:
All materials used in the manufacture of Derek Alexander products are the best we can find and upgrading those materials is a constant process.
We are primarily a leather bag company and the extensive use of top quality leather demonstrates that. We use only outside cut, top grain cowhide for all of our bags. If it looks like leather; it is. We use the same quality on the gussets, inside the flaps, organizers and trims as the main part of the bag. We feel it is far too common today for manufactures to substitute leather “alternatives” or lower quality splits to save on cost.
All Derek Alexander leather products are made in Thailand, taking advantage of beautiful and quality workmanship that is truly hard to find. After being assembled and stitched in Thailand, we package and distribute from Calgary, Alberta.
Hide and Tanning Information:
As two of the largest beef producers in the world, the United States and Canada are the major suppliers of rawhide to the world markets.
When leather is prepared for tanning it is shaved horizontally giving two or sometimes three layers to each piece. The top grain is referred to as the outermost layer of the hide: The interior cuts are referred to as split leather.
The tanning, or finishing, of the hides takes place around the world. Despite the massive supply of cowhide in North America there is relatively little tanning of leather. When leather is referred to as “Italian” or “German” the reference is to the country the leather is tanned in, rather than the source of the rawhide. Derek Alexander’s products are generally constructed of North American or Australian steer hide, tanned in Thailand, Japan, Italy or Germany.
Derek Alexander leathers are all tanned PCB free. PCB’s are generally prohibited, although still used in several countries. For the use of this summary we have put all of our series in four of the main categories of leather tanning: drum dyed, nappa (pigment finish), vat dyed and oil tanned.
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