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FIRESIDE CHAT: BF+DA Venture Fellow Crystalyn Kae Talks Italy + Vegetable Tanned Leather

Crystalyn Brennan of Crystalyn Kae Accessories explores the properties of leather on a trip to Italy

Come hear from BF+DA Venture Fellow Crystalyn Brennan, of Crystalyn Kae Accessories, as she shares stories, insights and pictures from her recent adventures in Italy. Crystalyn was invited to participate in a first person, full-sensory workshop at the birthplace of vegetable-tanned leather, Consorzio Vera Pelle, in a tiny village called San Miniato in Tuscany.

During her stay, Crystalyn explored ancient techniques for working with this luxurious material, often called ‘vacchetta,’ which is imbued with historical and social value. Crystalyn joined a hand-selected group of academics and students visiting vegetable leather tanneries to learn where the leather comes from, touring one of the most advanced water treatment systems in the world, meeting other small-batch leather designers, and learning centuries-old techniques from master crafts-people from the region.

RSVP below to learn more about her trip and to ask questions about the Consorzio!

Read this article about the trip by Crystalyn here and get a teaser of what she’ll be talking about with these images below.


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