Philipp Bree insists on the use of high quality materials sourced from selected, long-established European manufacturers. Production of the bags is entrusted to the expert craftworkers at two family firms of bag-makers in Bohemia, Czech Republic, and one in Poland. All of the three firms have been plying their trade for generations.
We source the leathers from a Belgian tannery that specialised in the vegetable tanning of cowhide as early as 1873. This preserves the natural structure, supple feel and spicy scent of the leather. Only about ten percent of all leathers worldwide are vegetable-tanned. Natural leather is therefore considered a precious rarity. The linings are made of calf suede, which we source from a Polish manufacturer that has been producing split leather for over 150 years. All leathers used in the collection are certified with the highest awards.
The linen is extremely hard-wearing and is woven by an Italian family business that was already known in the 19th century for its robust ropes, which still hold numerous church bells in Tuscany today. Linen is one of the oldest natural textile fabrics, but is used today for less than one percent of all textile fibres. The reason is the demanding conditions for cultivation. After all, the plant only flowers for a single day, then it is harvested. And little has changed in the manual labour-intensive processing for thousands of years.