About Our Leather

 Directive Leather Tote


Nearly all Directive goods are made using heavy chrome-tanned leathers, picked for their beautiful wear and durability. These are hardworking bags, made for daily use.

We have an established relationship with one of the last remaining tanneries in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Our tannery has been producing hides for major companies all over the world for over 70 years and complies fully with U.S. environmental protection laws. Every raw hide is sourced from U.S. domestic markets, making our leather 100% American made.

Every chrome-tanned hide used in Directive products is hand picked at the tannery from hundreds of hides. We pick hides based on the soft feel, sturdiness, and unique markings. Many of the unique marks make their way into our products and many of the hides are the last available making truly one of a kind bags.



Regular conditioning will help keep your leather soft and help it to develop a deep patina. We will be offering limited runs of leather conditioner by 2018- contact us to find out more.

Our leathers are colorfast, however some clothing, particularly dyed denim, can stain your leather with consistent wear. If you are concerned about staining your Directive piece, it is best to avoid contact with dyed products.