MESI Tannery boasts a curious and fascinating story that Alberto Drandi tells us: “It all began in 1907, in a small factory in Borgaro Torinese. The former Scamosceria Italiana began producing leathers for cleaning carriages and silverware without imagining that a century later suede would become an irreplaceable tool for perfect car drying. Thirty years later, joining Industria Marocchini based in Monza, it started working on Moroccan leather to embellish hats, working with the grain of sheepskin which later would become a versatile fashion item, appreciated by the most renowned manufacturers of shoes and leather goods”.
Today Mesi is a family-run tannery, now in its fifth generation, which has a production of over 1 million leathers per year, exclusively sheep from New Zealand which is particularly soft and highly absorbent. The leather is purchased in pickels and then processed internally: this has allowed the development of two independent production lines. On one side chamois, worked with fish oil for car cleaning; on the other, full grain leather for the creation of linings, especially for shoes and bags. The request came from the same brands for which the company worked by providing leathers for the production of wallets and small leather goods. The development of the lining business, which today represents around 40% of its turnover and which keeps growing, allows the company to work in both segments (car cleaning and linings) and has favoured the improvement of the product, seeking softer leather which is also pleasant to the touch.
In the field of linings, today the demands of the brands focus on metal free leather (since 2016 the company has developed this tanning type), on the colour stability and its correspondence with what the designer requires, and on the lightness (very important for bags).
The footwear segment is also in need of a breathable and natural-looking product, which lends itself to different processes.
“We strongly believe – concludes Drandi – in the growth of the lining market because we think that, in the next 2 or 3 years, there will be a strong return to leather in the luxury sector and an attention from the customer towards a product of intrinsic value, which justifies its high price”.