Purpose and Values
Rather than a mere production site, the Tannerie has represented a benchmark for the local communities, which supplied nearly all the workmanship employed at the factory.
In 2014, the acquisition by the Prada Group introduced the tannery into its direct supply chain, allowing it to rely on a stable production. An important process of requalification of the existent structures and renovation of manufacturing facilities contributed to the full recovery of the activity of the Tannerie and the reemployment of several specialized workers with a valuable ten to twenty -year experience in the field.
According to the Tannerie’s artisans, leather is a living material; it must be worked respecting a delicate chemical and mechanical balance controlled by skilled hands that comprehend and enhance its specific characteristics, such as softness, touch and colour rendering. An irreplaceable know-how that could not be substituted by any machine.
The marriage between artisanal experimentation of the tannery and organizational structure of the Prada Group has also been beneficial to the young employees who joined the masters in charge of handing down the fine techniques mastered over a longstanding activity of professional excellence.
The Tannerie produces plongé nappa leather starting from a previously tanned semi-finished product known as Wet Blue. The entire three-week long manufacturing process begins with shaving and thinning to achieve an even thickness of the surface.
This first stage is followed by an intermediate quality control that allows proceeding with the wet dyeing, after which, only the items that comply with the standards go into production