Friday, February 3, 2012

Amsterdam: Inside the ECCO Leather Tannery

Just a two hour drive outside the city of Amsterdam is the incredibly cool Ecco leather tannery. It was a gorgeous misty day, with just a touch of snow. The team and I were freezing our butts off as we made our way to the tannery, but despite our rosy pink noses and shivering spines, the early morning drive was well worth it. We were greeted by Panos Mytaros himself, the genius behind ECCO leather. Gathered in the design room, I was blown away by the massive amounts of different pieces of leather lying around: neutrals, pastels, and brights! ECCO, being the leather supplier to top fashion labels around the world like Louis Vuitton and Coach, holds one of the best tanneries out there. I feel lucky to get to have been able to visit!

I couldn't stop touching all the different leathers. I'm a huge fan of a great leather shoe or bag and so getting to see how all of this is made, from the very start, was exciting to me. We all had to first throw on plastic booties to protect our shoes as we made our way through the tannery making me, in my ECCO oxford heels, slip and slide! A great idea, as things do get a bit down and dirty hehe! There was so much to see: how the leather is first cleaned, cut, and prepared to be tanned into the perfect shade and eventually shaped with amazing textures. Panos's passion for what he does is very inspiring. Quality seems to be one of his main focuses. Also, I'm happy to note that ECCO will also be moving forward in the future with even more eco-friendly ways to improve the place. The fact that everything is tested in the labs so that there are no harmful chemicals in the products is also a plus in my book. So yeah, where can I get that boot?

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79 comments:

Ice Pandora said...

Super awesome x

Luna S said...

that beanie's so chill, i love it! that one brown leather boot featured is stunning x

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Irene Buffa said...

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lifeisamaze said...

That's great !
:)

annalisa said...

amaazing! xx

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Elee. said...

Nice photos!

Peti said...

Great. Love leather. And love Amsterdam, too. Actually it's really cold there, istn't it??

AVY said...

These are like pics from a magazine.

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Shandrese/Natalia said...

so cool!!

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WearAbouts said...

Love the boot, Natalie! <3
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The PvdH Journal said...

What a lucky girl! I have been to tanneries before to source some leather for personal usage (aka DYI) but nothing like that one before!

Emmy said...

I have never really looked at Ecco before, but will do so now! Those brown boots look soooo good!

Doni Brown said...

Love this post so much!

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garde said...

you always look incredible. like a lot this post
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Laura Vandenbergh said...

beautiful shots, and Ecco should definitely thank you for boosting their brand cause you make it look sooo good, even if I was never a fan of it.

X from London

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Fashiable said...

Amazing post! Love all the colours leather!

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yOka said...

Awesome!

xx

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Everyone loves fashion said...

I love it dear, you were so lucky to get there! :)

Savannah Marie said...

What an amazing day! I am such a leather whore. I think I would die of happiness in there!
Happy Friday!
Cheers,
Savannah Marie
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Jeans Please! said...

great!

Alex said...

I just love raw leather (surprise surprise), have you seen the Mitch Alfus video by the Selby? It is wonderful - this post reminded me xx

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The Fancy Teacup said...

What an incredible place to survey! You look chic as always. Have a lovely weekend, Natalie!

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FLEUR DAILY said...

Wow, how cool is that! Love the first picture! So colorful and clean at the same time.

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Patricia Lopes said...

It must have been amazing :)

Renata Wandega-Valente said...

Wow! Looks like you had an amazing expiriencie! great! =)

Aida said...

So cool!!



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Jenna Hughes said...

must have those boots next to the dog! so precious

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Meganne said...

Sounds like such an amazing opportunity! I am so interested in following the conception of clothing and shoes, I can't believe you got to more or less see step one!

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Sabrina T. said...

such a great shooting dear!love the first picture:)

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Emily Ulrich said...

Ha ha, for all of snow's beauty, it leaves one hell of a bite. Glad you had such a memorable time!

ellie estrada said...

OMG heaven! I'd imagine though that it smelled like, well...leather! haha! Fun looking day <3

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Kiwi's Fashion Blog said...

Such a cool experience to visit the source of the products!

MikalaFashion by Kalina said...

great photos!

dimitri said...

These photos are really nice.
Great post as always.

Bella Harris said...

Oh wow, it looks like such an incredible experience... and I'd probably be touching everything too!

Laura said...

Great post honey! I love these photos

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Bribes Éparses said...

So cool !

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Allison Young said...

great photos. i love leather too.

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Ms.Fashionista said...

amaze!

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xo

Life by Alice said...

lucky from spain!! :)
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Two Happy Hearts said...

oh, wow! that would have been SO amazing and inspiring to see. i love good, quality leather as well.
you're one lucky gal ;)

SAMANTHA said...

so so awesome.




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Vanessa Cruz said...

That's so cool how you were able to see how leather is made. Some people say that when leather is hard its expensive but its the opposite of that.Love your shoes by the way.

Chloë said...

wauw beautiful!! X

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Sofia Lascurain said...

love your coat! You look beautiful!
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Artminou said...

love the beanie! and its great to get a peek into the factory! :-)

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Katie said...

so freaking cool! that must have been awesome
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Mr. Taylor and his Lady said...

wow, it looks so amazing in there. how cool it must be to have the backstage insight. one lucky girl :)
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Monse Fuentes said...

amazing pictures!



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NICO said...

OMG I wish I were you!!!! lol this an amazing adventure!!

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Stolen from Grandma said...

this sounds amazing natalie! My heart would have skipped a couple of beats being around such beautiful leather <3 x

umi said...

these photos are great and many kind of leather at first photo as well.

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Kate said...

It looks beautiful, must have been such an amazing experience!
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Ria :) said...

you look lovelyyy :) xxx

Alba said...

You look great :) I love your sweater so much!

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Mica said...

I love these pics - what a fun tour! And awesome getting to see so many lovely leather colours! :)


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RAW Fashion Magazine said...

Always amazing to get the behind the scene scoop xx
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Laura said...

nice pics

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BERTHA NATASHA said...

awesome. as always!!
I wish I have a coat like you Natalie. That's great <3

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Andrea said...

you look gorgeous! great pics!

Laura said...

Love it! That's so cool! I really like your hat! It's so pretty!

Love, Laura

Rousse Roulette said...
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Rousse Roulette said...

Gorgeous!

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Evi said...

This is so interesting..thanks for sharing!!! :)

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Miss Woody said...

you're beautiful ! as always !

Karoline Kalvø said...

You're just the most beautiful EVER. In love

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StripedVibe said...

I love the black shoes! AWWWWESSOMME!!!!

Winnie said...

Oh you look so cosy in all those knits! I really love following your adventures!

Rousse Roulette said...

Awesome!!

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alessandra nitti said...

amazing!

xx

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Wonderful post!

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Georgia Giraffina said...

How cool are leather shops! I'm always so awe-inspired!
X

pinkmate said...

I love all your photos of amsterdam!

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Am2Pm Chic said...

Love all the industry photos, so nice. Your beanie so cute. Love it.
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Michelle Lee said...

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alice san said...

Amazing!!! like always:)