For over a decade we have been building relationships with some of the best tanneries in in Europe, primarily, Italy. Some are like a fortress, and typically accessed only by very well known designers, and some it feels as though we have discovered. Either way, it has been a long and continuing process to reach this ever-growing understanding.
They have come to know exactly what our passion leathers look like, some featured as limited runs on the 'Jewel Box' page. And they know that if we are working on a custom project together, that we won't let them down. We will be loyal and patient, investing in lifelong partnerships.
The MEL line is such a project. The first two colors were offered to us just as they were, perfect. Sahara and Dark Brown. From here we will begin developing custom R&T colors each season.
Sahara is an MEL leather. (most exquisite leather)
Origin: Northern Italy.
The MEL leathers stand out for their deep saturated and reflective pigment. The hand is more silky than buttery. Unexplainably soft. This leather is lightweight, but not thin. Has a good squish to it. Not exactly matte and definitely not shiny. The Sahara has a perfectly smooth and even grain, with a natural luminous finish.