Clearly, using leather offcuts does not detract from Antarès’ standards of excellence. All the initial quality of our leather is preserved as we don’t correct the grain, which gives the leather is appealing irregularities. The only thing we do to the leather is to stretch it as it dries in the tannery, so that it keeps its shape over time.
Similarly, each piece of leather is cleverly re-used to its best advantage, to design our products. Some parts naturally stay more soft and supple than others, so these will be perfect for making a pair of gloves. Conversely, other more rigid parts are ideal for making leather goods.
This ambitious plan subsequently extends Antarès’ vision. Of course, we advocate for French-made products, while supporting short and local supply chains, but we can do more.
Our teams are now working on other ventures jointly devised with local businesses, such as oyster farmers, to provide them with products (gloves or protective equipment for their hands) which are vital to their business and designed from our leather offcuts. Working with local businesses on this responsibly-minded plan is also a great way to set an example while supporting our regional economy.