Yes. All leads have been hot and cold washed during production to ensure colours integrity. If you choose to wash the lead we suggest a cold hand wash OR place the lead in a laundry bag and wash in cold water in your machine on a gentle cycle. We recommend you wash the lead separately as some minor colour bleeding may occur.
*please note that any leather accessories are likely to be affected by contact with water.
We recommend you consider applying a simple coat of Scotch Guard or similar waterproofing product every 3-6 months. This may assist in reducing the necessity to wash the lead.
Yes. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with some details of what you are hoping to create and we will be in touch to confirm if we can make your dream rope and/or leather lead a reality.
Each lead is made with 3 strand 12mm cotton rope and weighs approximately 175g.
Yes. Each rope lead is made with 14mm marine grade rope and hand spliced and whipped and our veg leather leads are made from 3.5mm belt leather all of which are completed with solid brass fixings to ensure they are strong enough to withstand the toughest of pulls.
Veg leather refers to an all-natural process of tanning leather using natural tannins found in various barks and woods. The process takes upwards of two months and unlike chrome tanning (the most common type of tanning process), it is environmentally friendly and safe. Veg tanned leather also offers an element of breathability and flexibility making it more comfortable for you and your pupper.
Please keep in mind that veg tanned leather is designed to transform over time. Exposure to sunlight will naturally tan the leather and enrich its earthy tone (especially the nude coloured leather) and oils from your hands etc will rub off on the leather and darken the edges. This ageing process is possible due to the natural tannins used when tanning the leather and gradually you will notice the personality of your item evolve and develop leaving you with a visual story of its lifetime of use.
Our leather items are all coated with a natural beeswax and orange oil protectant however this is not a forever sealant and it is important to try to follow the guidelines below;
For the first month of use, avoid taking the lead or collar out in wet weather, you need to give the fibres time to become more flexible with use, once they soften, they are less likely to react with water. During this first month of use, we also recommend that any spots of water etc are gently wiped into the leather rather then allowing them to sit on its surface.
To ensure longevity, we also recommend applying a natural leather protectant such as Gilly’s Leather Care every few months to keep your item clean and to enhance its water resistance.
All of our lead/collar hardware is made from solid brass, this means it will darken over time as the metal oxidises in the atmosphere. This will not damage the hardware but should you wish to polish it back to its original brilliance, you can use any readily available brass polish (eg. Brasso), just make sure you protect the leather/rope first by covering it with a protective cloth.
Please keep in mind that vege tanned leather is designed to transform over time. Exposure to sunlight will naturally tan the leather (especially the nude) and oils from your hands etc will rub off on the leather and darken the edges.