The leather we use is carefully selected based on processing and origin.
The first selection criterion is natural tanning – without the use of chemicals and chrome – which is a common manufacturing practice today. Chrome leather has a uniform colour and its processing is automated and fast. However, the presence of chrome in the leather has an impact not only on the environment but also on human health.
The material we buy and use in production comes from EU tanneries, which guarantee, among other things:
The production process is metal-free, thanks to the raw materials linked to the centuries-old history of vegetable tanning. Traditional and natural products are used in a production process which respects the precepts of sustainability and circularity.
The raw hides used derive from the slaughter of animals destined, from the outset, to the food sector and they come from European farms which comply with EU legislation on animal welfare. The tanneries create value from by-product of the food industry, addressing the problem of waste disposal.
The leather is tanned using natural plant – based tannins. As opposed to synthetic products, tannins come from renewable sources and are valued for their antioxidant, antibiotic and antibacterial properties
The Consortium applies the guidelines of the standard ISO 26000 and its trademark Pelle Conciata al Vegetale in Toscana puts at the centre the respect for the environment and human rights, transparency and legality
In addition to the Consortium’s Tuscan leather, we use the world’s precious gems such as English Bridle leather, the best Italian calfskin or exotic leather from Spain.
UNDER THE SKIN
WE ALL HAVE A HEART
Vegetable-tanned leather absorbs the traces of our life, it matures and transforms with the passage of time.
The natural ageing does not compromise its qualities, it is a rare material that actually improves with use.
It embodies the signs of time and use as the most personal expression of naturalness and truth.
“On average people buy a new piece of clothing every five days. Prices are so cheap that clothing is now seen as essentially disposable. According to a McKinsey study, for every five new garments produced each year, three garments are disposed of. Incredibly, research has shown that 90% of our clothing is thrown away before it needs to be. The rise of this fast fashion has created large-scale environmental and social side-effects.”
The JurajM brand is a typical representative of slow fashion – the production of fashion accessories with timeless designs and top long-lasting quality, with an emphasis on ecological, sustainable and ethical approach in fashion.
“Slow Fashion is an approach to producing clothing which takes into consideration all aspects of the supply chain and in doing so, aims to respect people, the environment, and animals. It also means spending more time on the design process, ensuring that each piece of apparel is quality made.”
The artistic journey began in 1995, when Juraj made his first pair of shoes using his grandfather’s tools, which he found dusty and forgotten in the attic. This treasure contained the grandfather’s trademark with his initials (NP), which he uses in his period shoe project and the name “NP Historical shoes” so far as a symbol of preserving tradition.
Juraj´s grandfather Natan Paul (NP) was a well known shoe and leather boots maker. During WWII, his boots were used to carry secret messages and warnings for partizans in the Slovak National Uprising. They have never met, but his tools and passion for this craft were inherited by Juraj.
Juraj did not remain in the shadow of the old masters, on the contrary, in 2019 he began to create his own, contemporary works for a modern, demanding but at the same time inspiring client under his own name JurajM.
Juraj worked abroad until 2019, where he gained not only a reputation and customers from a number of museums, films and professionals from around the world, but also recognition and awards for his arts and crafts.
In 2020, Juraj opens his studio in his native Žilina, in the city center, where, in addition to his works, he wants to introduce the beauty of this craft and the charm of natural materials and develop a cultural heritage for both locals and visitors to the city.
Choosing a product made with vegetable-tanned leather means having an object that is the expression of a philosophy and the values of a lifestyle.
The final result and ultimate goal of the bespoke process is Gentleman elegance in everything he does and uses for everyday life. Our legacy is to make legends.