The Genuine Italian Vegetable-Tanned Leather Consortium was founded in 1994 by a small group of traditional Tuscan tanners. Today the consortium includes 23 tanneries, all operating in Tuscany, in the area between Pisa and Florence, and sharing the same standards of production. In the Tuscan Leather District, high quality vegetable-tanned leather, the renown Vacchetta, is still produced according to ancient methods. The Consortium doesn’t sell a product, it represents a philosophy of values and lifestyle based on culture of noble artisan production of Tuscan leather and traditional Tuscan arts and crafts. The mission of this non-profit organization is: to promote vegetable-tanned leather; to safeguard a typical Tuscan product; to guarantee the quality of raw materials and processes used in its production and to highlight traditional techniques whose origins lie deep in Tuscan history. Yet the consortium also looks to the future: sponsoring research; organizing events and seminars on emerging trends; and holding workshops for young designers, makers and producers. It has over time presented the Tuscan veg-tanned leather story at prestigious centres of culture such as the Guggenheim Museum in New York or the Centre Pompidou in Paris. The Genuine Italian Vegetable-Tanned Leather Consortium is the exclusive owner of the quality trademark Pelle Conciata al Vegetale in Toscana (Tuscan Vegetable-Tanned Leather). Read more.