What's better than a passport holder to tell a story ? Made from vegetable tanned leather and lined with hickory denim, Freres De Voyages passeport holder will last a lifetime.
Veg-tanned cowhide leather, full-grain, tanned by hand in Italy
Lined with Selvedge Hickory denim, produced in Portugal
Dimensions : 10 x 14cm
The selvedge Hickory denim is produced in Portugal. It's a fabric with a lot of history, it was indeed used at the beginning of the XXth century for workwear clothes, mainly by americans railway workers. They needed clothes made with hard-wearing, tough yet breathable fabrics, it is therefore no surprise that their official uniform was made of an hickory shirt and cap. The pattern was especially liked by workers because it disguises stains.
Hickory shirts are sometimes described as the shirts who built America, and now this same fabric lines our bags.
According to the legend, it has been named Hickory because it was as durable and resistant than hickory wood.
This selvedge denim is an heavy fabric, more resistant than a non-selvedge one. Its characterized by the red self-edge.
It is woven on old looms, using old-fashioned techniques, which is less efficient than modern wide fabrics, the production is indeed slower, and some irregularities do appear on the denim surface, that's what makes it even more different, more unique.
For all our products, we use vegetable tanned cowhide leather.
This kind of leather is tanned by using only organic products such as branches, leaves, sometimes even fruits. All this work is done by hand.
This process is more time consuming than tanning with chrome, but no chemicals are used, therefore it is more ecological. Moreover, this process makes it harmless to people who work in the factory. It is the most sustainable tanning.
Tanning the leather with natural product keeps it breathable, compared to chrome tanning where leather is damaged with the use of chemical products, reducing its lifetime.
Vegetable tanned leather ages in a very beautiful way, it develops a patina which makes it unique. It does not have a uniform colour, because of the fact that the process is done by hand, but this is what makes this leather so unique and beautiful. They will get scars from all your journeys, they will age with you. No two products will look the same, they will all tell a different story, yours.
The leather used is Full- Grain leather, which is the whole surface of the skin of the animal, just below the hair. It's the strongest part of the animal's skin. As opposed to Top-Grain leather, it has a lot of irregularities, such as vein-marks, sometimes even scratches, because the leather has not been retouched to remove natural markings. The grain is totally natural and is never the same from one animal to another.
Top-Grain leather has a more uniform appearance because irregularities have been removed by cutting the very top part of the leather, but this process makes it less resistant to wear, and makes it almost impossible to develop a patina.
Our Full-Grain leather is the highest quality leather, from every aspect. It can fade and become darker with age, it's resistant to water and it has kept its unique look. Be aware that this leather may be stiff at the beginning, but it will become softer after a few wears.
Cowhide leather is one of the most resistant leather. It has more grain than calfskin leather, more character, that is what makes it more unique.
All products are hand-made in Italy. Now it's your turn to bring them all over the world.
Shipping to any destination in Europe:
For packages sent abroad in Europe, they will be delivered with DPD. All our packages are trackable. Parcels usually arrive in 3-4 business days.
The cost for standard shipping is €6 but is free for orders over €80.
The cost for express shipping is €10 , parcels usually arrive in 2 business days.
If for any reason you are not fully satisfied, you can return your order for free withing 14 days.
Shipping to the rest of the world:
All packages are trackable, and sent with DPD. They usually arrive in 5 business days.
The cost is 20€.
We have worked hard to make the best products possible, and are confident they will last for all of your life's journeys, no matter where you bring them.
That is why we will always repair your well-loved products, no matter where you bought them.
All our products come with a lifetime guarantee. If a manufacturing defect appears less than 24 months after you bought it, we'll repair it free of charge, and will pay for shipping to and from our workshop.
For this, just send us an e-mail with your reference number, describing the issue, with photos, and we will get back to you as soon as possible.