The Greenwood® brand was created in 2011 by the third-generation son of a family of leather craftsmen. Originally working in his father's business to design and manufacture leather products for brands in Europe, he was inspired by nature and the vintage fashion of the early 20th century to reinvent almost forgotten leather goods and bring them to his own brand. Greenwood products are designed in Germany with an aim to keep it simple and nice in order to enhance the naturalness, sustainability and the typical charm of genuine leather. It is an attempt to combine classic design with modern youthfulness and trends in the genuine leather accessories industry. Our products will never lose their relevance thanks to their always in demand and timeless classic lines, and at the same time, they will set you apart from the crowd with fresh notes of modern fashion. Each of our bags is guaranteed to be handmade and free of all imperfections associated with it. With use our products gain their individual character and narrate the mundane yet exciting stories of daily life, of love, of friendship, of journeys and their quirky kinfolk. When you choose a Greenwood product, you become part of this family and you have a very individual companion – a product of nature.
Our collections not only look great but also practical and fulfills their purpose in every function. One of our largest bags is the weekender, which offers plenty of space for your clothes for the next two to three days. For professional use, see our leather briefcases. They are of high quality and have additional components such as trolley holders, inner laptop pockets and key locks especially for business trips and meetings. With a Greenwood shoulder bag you always have the essentials with you in your free time. Folders, notebooks, pens and your valuables can be safely stowed in it. These and other high-quality leather products are waiting for you in our online shop.
Responsibility: Leathercraft & Production
Our leather craftsmanship is fully geared towards natural and sustainable production. And this begins with species-appropriate animal husbandry. We obtain our buffalo, cow and goat skins from well-known breeding companies in India, where the animals are raised in a healthy atmosphere and are kept free-range. At the end of their life, they are skinned in the traditional way. A good quality genuine leather shows how and where the animal lived and if it was tortured during its life. We make sure that no animal has to die for leather production. Animal skin is a by-product of food supply chain that would have to be disposed of if it wasn't usefully recycled through leather manufacture. By maximizing our purchase of the leather directly from the farmers and shepherds without the involvement of middlemen, we ensure that none of the animals are abused.
The subsequent tanning takes place exclusively with natural agents and the leather is also dyed only with natural dyes. The use of chromium is bare minimum and in the final process the leather is padded and plated with natural oils and wax to give it a soft and shiny look. You will notice in our leather the natural grains are clearly visible as we hardly use any pigments to cover the defects. While many other leather products today are largely machine-made, the production of our bags still requires finesse - from start to finish. Because leather is a natural material, every step, from cutting the leather to sewing on the appliqué, is done by hand. This makes each of our bags an incomparable unique piece. Real leather is a totally sustainable and endlessly renewable product. It is far more environmentally friendly and degrades much faster than the so-called artificial leather, which in reality consists of only highly toxic plastic. Generally within 10-15 months of use, the products made in artificial leather starts to deteriorate and first breaks down into synthetic microparticles which enters the environment and in the worst cases these will be ingested by land and sea animals and thus brought into the human food chain. Real leather, on the other hand, is almost completely biodegradable.