The Wickett & Craig Story

Founded in 1867, Wickett & Craig is a world premiere vegetable tannery. A labor-intensive method that requires skilled workers, veg-tanning is a natural, eco-friendly process that produces deep-colored leathers of superior quality. We’ve been perfecting the art of leather making for more than a 150 years. Watch the story of our company.

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  • Testimonials Leather with Soul

    Mike Balitsaris, founder of Waltzing Matilda, discusses design philosophy and working with Wickett & Craig’s vegetable tanned leather to capture all the senses.

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  • Testimonials Crafting A Reputation

    Longevity, equality, and value of worth, Jevan Lautz, Co-Founder of Tanner Goods discusses sharing the same work ethic and brand ethos as Wickett & Craig.

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  • Testimonials Conditioned to last

    Jeremy Bennett, Manager of Product Development, talks about the relationship between Wickett & Craig and Filson creating durable material and products for more than 150 years.

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  • News The Wickett & Craig Story

    One of just two remaining vegetable tanneries in the U.S., Wickett & Craig has mastered the art of leather making.

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  • Heritage Leather With Character

    Instinct, skill, traditional craftsmanship and state-of-the-art upgrades—more than a 150 years of heritage live inside our central Pennsylvania headquarters.

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  • Craft A Traditional Method

    Vegetable Tanning is at the core of Wickett &Craig. The process—a time-honored tradition—is natural, environmentally-friendly and produces leathers of superior quality.

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Leather With Character

Character, you notice it immediately in our leathers. It’s in their natural grain and saturated colors, supple hand and durable life. Most of all, you notice it as the years pass and in the rich patina that comes through.

We’ve been making leathers traditionally since 1867. Originally from Toronto, Canada, today Wickett & Craig calls Curwensville, Pennsylvania home, making it one of only two remaining vegetable tanneries in the U.S.A. Located on more than 16 acres of land, the state-of-the-art facility produces 4,500,000 square feet of both light- and heavy-weight leathers annually. The former are used to craft luxury goods, like shoes, bags and belts, while the latter are used to make traditional equestrian gear, including saddles, bridles and straps.

A Traditional Method

It takes around six weeks for us at Wickett & Craig to transform a hide into leather. The vegetable tanning process is a masterful mix of tradition, skill and a few state-of-the-art upgrades. We source only the finest North American cattle and set about meticulously preparing them for the tanning, dyeing and finishing processes.


Drum-dyed, fat liquored and hot stuffed, our traditional leathers exhibit a deep, saturated color and supple hand. Recognized for their durability, they only better with age.

Discover the different stages of the vegetable tanning process.

Esquivel x Florsheim


Past meets present in a new capsule collection by California-based footwear designer George Esquivel and Florsheim. Inspired by a pair of pebble leather Florsheim wingtips he found vintage shopping, Esquivel set about creating a collection of men’s and women’s shoes (crafted from Wickett & Craig leathers) that combine a fashion forward aesthetics with a heritage soul.

The Florsheim x Esquivel brogues are the kind of shoes that feel just right for now, but will also look better with age. That’s in large part to the traditional pebble leather, courtesy of Wickett & Craig. The textured leather not only molds to your feet, but over time develops a singular patina. Florsheim x Esquivel