Leather Journals & Bags FAQs

Where do the leather items come from?
Hilltribe Ontario's leather products are beautifully handcrafted by skilled artisans in India, using the same techniques handed down from generation to generation. These are 100% fair trade products.  By supporting the dedicated and talented artists with fair pay we help to boost their economy and make it more sustainable.

Why does the leather look two-toned?
You will notice slight variations from one item to the next, as real leather includes inherent natural characteristics such as discoloration, wrinkles, or stretch marks, which only add to the beauty and uniqueness of each piece.

How do I care for my new leather item?
If you feel that the leather is starting to look and feel dry or brittle we recommend giving it a good oiling with mink oil.  This will bring the natural beauty back out and also help to protect it from the environment.

What is the paper made from in your journals?
The paper in each journal is made from 100% treeless and acid-free recycled cotton! Once dried and cut to size, it is then hand stitched into the binding of each book, adding to the old world rustic style of each journal.

Are any animals harmed in the making of your leather products?
Absolutely not!  The leather comes from domesticated goats from meat farms.  Only after the animals have passed is the leather then sold to be used to make such beautiful items as shoes, purses and bags, and journals.