Depending on your stance of the matter leather can be perceived as either beautiful or barbaric, but there is no denying that it’s functional. The tradition of wearing animal skins goes all the way back to the first humans, who would wear leather skins not only to keep warm, but as a statement of hierarchy. The leaders wore the largest and heaviest skins to present themselves as the leader of their tribe. Throughout history, the practice of leather making and tanning has improved to the point of perfection. From the ancient Greeks, who first found leather tanning solutions from various tree barks and leaves soaked in water, to the first modern chrome-tanned leathers that paved the way for mass production, the tradition and method of making quality leather is a fascinating blend of science and passion for the craft.