- How & where are your products and leathers produced?
- I’m having difficulty deciding what colour I want to order. Can you send me samples?
- The colour on the product I received slightly differs from the sample you sent me. Why is this?
- How do I clean and/or condition the leather on my Gillio product?
- I accidentally got a scratch on my leather. How can I remove it?
- Do I have a warranty on my Gillio purchase?
- What natural variations can occur on Gillio leather?
- What can you tell me about your real ostrich leathers?
Various artisanal companies, mostly located in the Tuscan region in Italy, are chosen for the production of our leathers and various product lines. Each of them needs to be able to understand our philosophy and approach in order to guarantee a brand unity, a superior product quality, numerous innovations, competitive prices, excellent after sales service and on time deliveries.
Our leathers are produced according to the ancient traditions of vegetable leather tanning. This is a very slow process that takes almost three months to complete, where the leathers are dyed in wooden drums. Because we use natural tannins, this process is the most environmental-friendly.
Of course we can! You can order them yourself, on our website. On the page of each product you’ll find a ‘request leather samples’ button, in which you can specify the leathers you’d like to receive samples of.
All our leathers are coloured in a natural, traditional way. We don’t treat or smoothen our leathers artificially, so every hide is unique and susceptible to colour differences. Because every skin is unique, they take the colouring process differently. The natural variations (creases, imperfections, scars, variations in the colour or the grain) in the leathers are inherent to the Gillio products.
The best way to care for your Gillio product is to use it. The more your products are handled, the more the oils of your hands will blend with the natural oils inside the products and a natural patina will start to develop. Your leather will become deeper and richer in colour, and develop a natural shine.
In case you need to clean your leather product, we recommend trying a soft, damp cloth first to remove superficial dirt. If necessary, a little bit of Nivea body cream could scarcely be applied.
With our classical leathers (darker colours in the epoca leathers – like brown, black, gold, red and green for example) you can easily rub scratches out. On the lighter colours, like the cream, the aqua, the lotus etc, the leather is more delicate as it took an extra process to get the leather that light. They are harder to rub out on these leathers. However, with the patina that develops, it will become less and less noticeable in time.
Gillio warranty conditions
On all your Gillio purchases (writing instruments & leather goods), you can count on Gillio's lifetime warranty.
Your Gillio products have been designed to last you a lifetime. While choosing the materials (leathers, zippers, stitching etc.) and while producing our products, we set extremely high standards in quality and durability.
Details on our warranty conditions:
(read the return procedure here if you want to ship an item back to us!)
Every production error (a handle that is detaching, a closure not functioning anymore, etc.) is covered by our lifetime warrantee.
Damage, whether it be accidental or deliberate, to your items is not covered by the warranty.
E.g. water stains, ink spots, scratches etc.
Colour changes and/or the development of a natural patina on the leather (the colour becoming darker, richer, and more shiny - you'll see this first on the corners/edges in most cases) is inherent to the natural way our leathers are tanned, and is thus not covered by our warranty.
The warranty also excludes all other forms of normal day to day wear and tear.
Gillio reserve the right to vary the conditions of the warranty in future as required, current details will always be posted on the website.
Please take into account as well that:
The company will be the judge of the acceptability of any default entitling the item for repair and/or replacement.
Original proof of purchase may be asked when claiming the warranty.
Items that are replaced at the decision of the company can not be guaranteed to be identical in colour or in the texture of the leather to the original item, every item varies to some degree.
Repairs of parts that are attached before assembly (pockets, strap) will always entail taking some planner parts apart and re-assembling them. Our artisans will work as neatly and aesthetically as possible, but keep in mind that the warranty does not cover 'returning the item back to 'as new condition'' - the default will be repaired as perfect as possible, but there will always be visible differences to new items.
The Gillio Firenze products stand out in quality, craftsmanship and overall look and feel. Once you have owned a Gillio product and have experienced our leather quality, it’s hard to ever go back to cheaper commercial leathers.
Our well-known epoca leathers are still coloured according to the ancient Italian traditions. Not a quick colour dye, but traditional vegetable tanning. This transformation from raw hides into beautifully dyed leather is a slow and astonishing process in wooden drums, based on the use of natural tannins, on modern technologies and machineries but mainly, on the slow passage of time.
This process is the most environmental-friendly, and it allows us to keep the uniqueness and versatility in the product. The natural variations (creases, imperfections, scars, variations in the colour or the grain) in the leathers are inherent to the Gillio products.
What natural characteristics can occur?
Leather can be either pebbly (red planner) or smooth (red clasp). In one product, you can find different variations as different leather pieces are put together into one product. At Gillio, we do not artificially smoothen our leathers, nor do we print a grain on them. We leave the leathers as they are and honour their natural state, by showing that, as all people are unique and different, so are the skins of the animals used in the creation of our leathers.
Small darker dots (f.ex. left of the elastic on this gold planner) may occur throughout the leather. All skins are different - some parts are smoother, some are rougher, some are drier than others. Each part of the leather reacts differently to the colouring process. Small scars or blemishes on the skin may also absorb more colour.
Veins, nerves (purple leather) or wrinkles (grey leather) such as these will show in some pieces of leather. Again, these are natural characteristics of the leather we use, and we specifically choose not to remove them artificially. They are proof that you are holding a unique, natural product of artisanal labour in your hands.
Small scars might be visible on your product, such as on this orange planner. They might present as slightly lighter/darker parts, or they could present as a small part which is a bit more textured (very small dent or bump). These scars tell the story of the animal it came from. We all have small scars ourselves too! It could be a run-in with barb wire, it could be a small scar from where a wasp stung the cow? Who knows. These small imperfections will fade in time when patina develops.
Colour differences might occur within one item. As you see here on this Gold leather Mia Cara, the credit card pockets all vary slightly in colour. They are all gold leather though, but as each skin reacts differently to the colouring process, you get these beautiful variations. This is a great example to show that we don't aim for uniform, mass produced planners but unique, one-of-a-kind pieces.
What if I only like smooth / pebbled / ... ?
As with everything, the love for these variations is something very personal. We have clients that specifically ask for leather with as much texture as possible, and some that prefer super-smooth. Some adore veins and nerves showing, some prefer a coarse pebble over anything.
Our staff will try to accomodate your needs to the best of our abilities: if you have a certain preference, be sure to mention it in the 'remarks' field of your order. Within the availble stock, they will look for the perfect match for you. You can also request pictures beforehand to check if it is Gillio-love at first sight.
You Gillio item will develop patina over time, and become even more gorgeous, once the oils in the leather mix with the oils in your skin and develop a shine on the leather.
One thing is for sure: if you are looking for a 13-in-a-dozen, uniform, mass-produced item, our collection will not satisfy you - at all!
The Gillio collection will always be a unique one: no two items will ever be the same. This is the appeal of our collection, and this is what we take so much pride in. We will always search for the best available leathers and materials to ensure that it will remain as such in the future!
Ostrich leather is among the finest and most durable leathers available on the market today. It is very supple, luxurious, soft, and thick. It has a very distinct appearance: the ‘goose bumps’ you see are the quill follicles where the feathers were. Since each quill mark once contained a feather, there is an actual hole in the skin at each quill mark. These leathers are well know for their durability, softness and flexibility. Although it is soft, it is one of the strongest leathers available. And: although it is very strong, it is also very lightweight.
The “full quill” area of the ostrich leather, where the largest bumps are, is the most wanted and therefore the most expensive part of ostrich leather. This is the leather we mostly use on our planners, especially on the outside of the binder.
The ostrich leathers are also vegetable tanned, ensuring the highest and longest lasting quality available on the market.