Our History

" I STAND UP TODAY AND SAY I'LL SET UP MY OWN TANNERY"

-Karl Toosbuy, Founder ECCO

ECCO Leather

OUR HISTORY

As the owner of a growing shoe company in Denmark, Karl Toosbuy became dissatisfied by the limited speed, accuracy and reliability offered by external leather producers. He decided that he could do better.

In 1985, Toosbuy opened a small tannery in Portugal and started producing leather to his own high standards. Looking for that tacit leather ‘know how’ that is handed – not written – down through generations of craft, he recruited talent from a pool of the finest tanning dynasties around Europe.

As his business expanded, so did his leather needs. And so, he appointed a talented young leather technician, Panos Mytaros, to grow the leather business while preserving the artisan craft and ‘know how’ his company had built up. From a leather family himself Mytaros embodied unrivaled passion for the product and a keen interest in technology.

Panos and his team realized the need to bring leather making into the modern age. This required blending the best of European leather making acumen, the development of cutting edge new technologies and the creation of a global production network including locations within Asia. All the while taking special care to preserve the final product’s natural beauty and simplicity.


Our DNA

OUR COMPANY

Today ECCO Leather operates award-winning tanning facilities in Europe, South East Asia, and the Far East. ECCO Leather’s production network is characterized by clean, secure and flexible operations scaled to suit growing customer needs while ensuring seamless communication with customer-designated finished-goods manufacturers.

Our DNA

Quality

Each of our tanneries is staffed with the industries’ most passionate and professional tanners. It is the work of these dedicated employees that differentiates and elevates our leathers. Whatever the technology employed in making the finished article, the importance of human touch remains key. More than 200 hands touch every piece of leather before it leaves the building – this is just one simple measure of our commitment to both craftsmanship and quality control.


Our People

Our People

It is the work of these dedicated employees that differentiates and elevates our leathers. “…that tacit leather ‘know how’ that is handed – not written – down through generations”

Contact us
CONTACT US
HEAD OFFICE

ECCO Leather B.V.
Vierbundersweg 11
5107 NL Dongen
The Netherlands

Email info@eccoleather.com
Telephone +31 (0)162 380 400

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ECCO Leather has invested in a rich tradition of hosting collaborative multi-disciplinary creative laboratories aimed at uniting designers, buyers, production managers, marketers and leather technicians at its annual Hot-Shop events.

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