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Why Is Bosca Worth The Price?

August 28, 2017
Every Bosca product is a work of art handcrafted with over 100 years of experience. Our stubborn dedication to the quality of our leather shows in the product...and the price. Our standards for our product and leather come before profits.

We use the highest quality leather in the world

Only about 1% of the world’s leather supply meets our standards

Only about 1% of the world’s leather supply meets our standards. We use small free-range farms in Europe which means no barbed fences and wild brush.Hides with blemishes and scars need to be colored with heavy pigments that cover the natural look and feel of the leather. After selecting the best hides, we send them to our tannery in Italy. After the tanning process, we inspect the hides for the second time. The color is then applied by hand rubbing translucent dyes into the leather. For this reason, we often refer to our leather as hand-stained.

Applying stain by hand, one skin at a time.

After staining, we inspect the leather a third time. We look for flaws and imperfections, but we also look at the character and coloring of the hide to make sure that each hide is ideal.  

We use highly skilled tanning techniques

The real value of a Bosca product shows itself over time.

Organic compounds used during veg-tanning

All leather goes through one of the several types of tanning processes. We use the method of vegetable tanning as opposed to chemical based methods like “chrome” and “synthetic” tanning. Vegetable tanning uses tannic acids found in plants, bark, branches, leaves, and some fruits, giving the finished hide a more natural look. Why do we choose vegetable tanning over other tanning processes?  
  • Vegetable tanned leather is known for its durability, strength, and character. Shoe leather is famously tough stuff. It is made using the same basic method of vegetable tanning we use. The unmistakable smell and feel you associate with real leather comes only by using the veg-tanning method. Like wine, this stimulates the senses in natural and mysterious ways.
  • Veg-tanned leather is an eco-friendly sustainable material. The leather is free of harmful residuals. Our tannery is part of a cooperative water purification system to help protect our most precious resource and the environment.
  • Vegetable tanning is an Old World skill that blends artistry and precision. Vegetable tanning cannot be learned overnight. Our tanning partners have three generations of artists, each passing down family recipes only they know.

    Grandfather and Grandson working side by side


What This Means

Our products wear in, not out.

The real value of a Bosca product shows itself over time. Rather than looking worn and tired it develops a warm, pleasing patina. We regularly see bags and wallets from customers that are over 20 years old and are even more beautiful than the day we made them.

We believe in quality, not quantity.

We aren’t making products that will break down and need to be replaced every two years. We want you to have your bag or wallet for decades. Our products undergo extensive scrutiny. Our custom hardware, fabrics, and fittings are chosen to ensure your Bosca piece will hold up to daily use. We have every aspect of production dialed in so precisely that we control the number of stitches per inch.

We refuse to sell a product that does not meet our quality control standards.

We may not be able to repair your product forever, but we will do everything we can to make sure that you get the maximum use and enjoyment from it.

We are committed to our products and customers.

We know that you’ll like your purchase, but we want you to love it. Shopping online takes away the ability to touch and feel a product. There is no substitute for being able to examine the quality and precision, the uniqueness and depth of character unless it is in front of you. That's why we offer:
  • 100% free shipping

  • 100% free returns within 100 days of purchase.

We want you to be 100% happy with your purchase, and to feel that your purchase was worth every penny.
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