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ROHLEDER has been offering high-quality, handmade leather aprons for years. The passion for the material is evident from the high quality and natural texture. But what is the origin story behind the quality products? Was there a specific inspiration? My name is Paul Ortner and in this blog post I would like to tell you the special story of ROHLEDER, which is an important part of my life.

The birth of the idea of ​​an own leather manufactory

I have always admired the special properties of leather. Even at a young age, I appreciated the resilience and ease of care of the environmentally friendly natural product during cozy barbecue evenings. After all, I built up expert knowledge over the years and the passion became a personal vocation. One day I was in a Swiss department store and discovered leather aprons that, upon closer inspection, were of disappointing quality. I asked myself whether this could have been an exception and subsequently paid more attention to the leather aprons available in stores. To my surprise, I found that most leather aprons were cardboard-like, hard, and heavy. Still, the prices were surprisingly high. The idea of ​​developing leather specifically for leather aprons and having it manufactured in Europe increasingly manifested itself.

The unique development of ROHLEDER leather aprons

The idea should become reality and so I joined forces with two friends in 2019. One of them created the unique design that is still a special feature of the high-quality ROHLEDER leather aprons today. We went to Italy to develop leather according to our ideas with a tannery. The result was a light and soft leather that simply looks good and meets the highest quality standards. In Portugal we finally found a small family business that manufactures our leather aprons by hand in the desired quality. From an initial inspiration in Switzerland to a design created in Austria to leather production in Italy and further processing in Portugal - every leather apron from ROHLEDER is a unique, European product. Since our 100% cowhide leather is not coated with unnecessary paint, all individual natural features are preserved. When you buy a ROHLEDER leather apron, you always get a truly unique item with its own history.

The further development of a high-quality leather product

Finally, we designed a high-quality and attractive packaging. Our leather aprons are therefore also very suitable as gifts. However, we strived for further improvement and expansion of our offer. That's why we've recently started offering personalization of our leather aprons. On the one hand, texts and logos can be embossed, which can be freely placed according to the ideas of our customers. On the other hand, the high-quality leather products can be embroidered with a colored logo. With its unique quality, the personalized leather apron underlines the high quality of the brand or company, which becomes an integral part of the unique item through embossing or embroidery. Since the personalized leather apron certainly does not represent the last further development of our quality products, our story has only reached an intermediate station.