Dutch Martin

How Martin crafted something special for us

With thirty years of experience, Dutch tanner Martin Antheunisse develops new types of leather exclusively for Secrid.

Martin uses various tanning techniques, provided it serves his goal: enhancing the natural beauty of the material. He has been experimenting with new ways of finishing leather since his teens.

Balancing ingredients is like a painting coming to life.
Inventing, experimenting, breaking rules and having fun.

“Shortly after I started I got a crash course in leather finishing. I immediately loved it. The mixing… the experimenting… Getting the perfect look is all about finding the right balance.”

“Honouring the old, but embracing the new. It truly is a beautiful combination.”

Carnauba wax

By using a hard carnauba wax, Dutch Martin leather is made scratch-resistant and water-repellant. The deep, natural gloss of the leather gets even more beautiful over time.

A new place

When Martin moved into his new workspace, all he needed was a hydraulic press, used for embossing the leather. He bought one at an auction and restored it himself.

“The real deal, indestructible”, he says. “You could say I treated this machine the same way I treat my leather. Honouring the old, but embracing the new. It truly is a beautiful combination.”