Why we use vegetable-tanned leather

At Above the Fray we owe a lot to vegetable-tanned leather. We didn’t set out to become a company that makes lifestyle solutions from vegetable-tanned leather. Instead, we stumbled upon it when trying to find the best material for our products.

TunePoint, earbud organizer

Unconventional solutions

When you look around at most brands, vegetable-tanned leather is used to make belts, bags, wallets or cases. The way we approached vegetable-tanned leather was quite unconventional. We found that it’s inherent properties allowed us to create two of our most popular lifestyle solutions to date: TunePoint (earbud organizer) and PowerPlay (MacBook charger organizer). The strength and versatility of the material was unmatched when compared to other kinds of materials that we researched.

PowerPlay, MacBook Charger Organizer

Ages like a fine wine

As we started using more and more vegetable-tanned leather, we started seeing and understanding the many other benefits of the material. The one that stands out the most is the fact that it ages like a fine wine. The longer you use it the more appealing it becomes from a durability and aesthetics standpoint. It becomes softer and darker and ultimately acquires a distinct patina based on its usage. This means that when you own and use a product made of vegetable-tanned leather, the shade and sometimes shape it acquires is distinct to how you use it.


Lets be frank. Leather isn’t the most environmentally-friendly material but if there’s a chance that we can use an option that is not only environmentally-friendlier but a great material for our products, we’d prefer to use that. When it comes to leather, vegetable-tanned leather is not just better for our products but also easier on mother nature. It is how leather tanning was done as far back as 6,000 BCE and it remains organic and generally biodegradable.