Amano is a small, designer-owned studio & leather workshop where our house brand products are made by hand, on-premise. Each item is design and created with a combination of old and new-world techniques to produce a final product that will stand the test of time. Amano leather goods are sold with a lifetime guarantee on workmanship.
Amano is committed to providing heirloom quality goods, hand-crafted from ethical and sustainable materials.
Our leather is hand selected only from traditional tanneries in Italy, Japan, and the USA, which utilize centuries old plant-based tanning techniques. This "vegetable tanned" (or veg-tan) leather is a byproduct of the meat industry, and takes anywhere from four weeks to a year to produce, using only natural and organic ingredients.
Our hardware (buckles, rivets, snaps, etc.) are of the highest quality solid brass or stainless steel. Stitching is done by hand, using a traditional saddle stitch for high-strength and waxed polyester or linen cable. The resulting stitch is stronger than a machine stitch and guaranteed for life.
Vegetable tanned leather will patina and soften as it ages from the rigors of daily use and absorbs the oil from our skin. Lighter colors may also show trace amounts of dye from things like indigo dyed denim and other natural or non-colorfast dyes. In the spirit of wabi-sabi, an ancient Japanese philosophy on the beauty of imperfection and transience, we believe this aging process to be unique to each individual and item they own.
High-touch items such as wallets are self-conditioning as they continue to absorb the oils from our skin. However, a good yearly rub down with a quality natural leather conditioner or oil such as neatsfoot or mink is always recommended. Belts and bags should be conditioned at least once a year to maintain the moisture level & ensure the leather will last many years to come. Regularly conditioned veg tan leather will last decades. Keep in mind conditioning or oiling your item may change the color, sometimes significantly.
We hope your appreciation for your Amano leather item will grow as it ages and changes with you.