Strategic Business Unit leather accessories have been produced by hand in Italy since 2007.
Traditional categories of items such bags, belts, wallets and small leather goods for men and women are grouped within one collection.
Due to its durability and flexibility full-grain leather is predominantly used in production: briefcases, portfolios and other items can be easily identified by its thick, firm feel and smooth hand. Full-grain refers to hides that have not been sanded, buffed or snuffed in order to remove natural marks on the surface of the hide, allowing the best fibre strength and durability.
SBU extra fine leather furniture and footwear are made from full-grain leather. Only the best raw hides are used to create full-grain leather; in fact the hides have to be of premium quality to meet the high standards for use in creating vegetable tanned or other naturally processed leather.
One way to test if leather is full grain is to lightly scratch its surface with your nail; if it leaves a lighter coloured streak, it’s full-grain. Full-grain leather is available in different finish types. Vegetable tanned leather is tanned using tannin or ingredients found in vegetable matter.
Other methods are made by a labour intensive process which uses emulsified oils; aromatic polymers and amino functional resins falls into this category as well and they provide the filling that modern leathers often require.
Very light shades of leather are possible using aluminium salts mixed with a variety of protein sources, such as flour and egg yolk. Those highly selected and very special finishes are known for their exceptional softness.
SBU guarantees that extra care has been used in the selection of materials used for production.
Every single item has been oiled and waxed to improve its water resistance. This supplements the natural oil remaining in the leather itself. Frequent oiling of leather keeps it supple and highly improves its lifespan.
Each piece belonging to Strategic Business Unit leather accessories collection is therefore unique.
A special section of luggage and handbags is manufactured by using ‘vacchetta’ (young cow) leather. This group of articles are intentionally left untreated and is therefore susceptible to water and stains; sunlight will cause the natural leather to darken in shade, called ‘patina’.
The SBU leather goods are treated using organic methods only and craftsmen are skilled for special manual intervention.
The SBU line of leather accessories is entirely made in Italy.