Charles F. Stead Tannery x Clarks Originals | Highsnobiety (Video)

Highsnobiety brings us another brilliant video, this time detailing the unique tanning process of the ‘British Suede’ used on Clarks Originals Desert Boot’s, produced by the Leeds-based, family-ran tannery, Charles F. Stead. There are so many beautiful aspects to shoe manufacturing, each being uniquely intricate and requiring a hefty amount of work. It’s always great once in a-while to have a look behind the curtain of what goes on in tanneries like this. It’s also nice to see a locally based tannery flourish and operate at such a high level at a time where outsourcing to far-off countries is the norm.

Check out Highsnobiety’s look behind what it takes to create some of the highest quality suede on the market, in their video below.


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