Leather is an ecological material
Leather is a durable and ecological natural material that is suitable for many different uses.
The history of the use of leather goes back to the Stone Age. When an animal was hunted for food, at some point the value of the animal’s skin as a garment or tent fabric was also understood - the skin both warmed and protected. Over the millennia, man has learned to use and handle leather. When the leather was treated with prey fat, elasticity and durability were gained in the garments and tent fabrics. The use and appreciation of leather became established as artisans conjured up stunning garments of leather.
Leather offers an alternative to the plastic problem
A wide variety of synthetic alternatives are available for leather products today. Today, people know how to make artificial leather that resembles leather. Artificial leather is made of plastic and also generates plastic waste that does not decompose in nature. Faux leather is also an abrasive material compared to genuine leather.
Leather is a natural material to breathe and is comfortable to use. The skins and hides we use are by-products from the meat and dairy industry, so it is ecological to utilize those parts of the animal as well.
Leather is a versatile and durable material
Leather is a versatile material with almost endless uses. Leather is used to make leather clothing, footwear, bags, belts and wallets, as well as upholstery for furniture and car seats. Numerous new innovations are also being developed in leather. Friitala is the first in the world to develop waterproof leather.
Leather can also be modified or dyed according to trends. Black and red leather are classics, but from time to time different shades of brown or other colors come to the surface. Leather is a timeless and always fashionable material where age and use can be seen.
Leather is a durable and practical material. It does not frighten rain and protects from wind and cold, but still breathes. It absorbs moisture and slowly releases it. Because leather is a flexible material, the leather shoe adapts to the shape of the foot. The leather shoe or garment improves, shapes and softens with use. When you properly care for and store your leather products, they last for years.
Designed sustainably and manufactured responsibly
Friitala's leather materials are sourced from companies that are committed to responsible and ethical practices. We mainly use European leather suppliers who source raw hides from European suppliers. We use as subcontractors companies that are committed to the principles of responsible sourcing. The leather we use is always a by-product of the meat industry.
We combine high-quality material with great design, comfort and the latest technology. Friitala, which has been operating since 1892, values responsibility, innovation and safety. Friitala is committed to responsible practices in accordance with our ethical guidelines.
We pride ourselves on our quality, which is based on our values, the high-quality materials we use, our careful planning and our professional staff.