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.
“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.”
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.
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.”