"TO RECEIVE IT FROM THE WILD AND TO KEEP IT AS WILD AS POSSIBLE"
Piret Puppart, Founding Partner & Creator
At Cervo Volante, we develop and manufacture ecological leather and work it into high quality shoes, jackets and accessories made of Swiss wild deerhides.
Approximately 12’000 red deer are hunted annualy in Switzerland. Astonishingly, the majority of these deer hides are disposed. This has occupied the biologist and hunter Conny Thiel-Egenter and the economist and chemist Kadri Vunder Fontana since spring 2016.
In 2017 we founded the Swiss enterprise Cervo Volante and began to develop our first fully sustainable product line. We thrive to minimize the ecological footprint at every step of our production chain including the conservation of the hides, the transport, the leather processing, the shoe manufacturing and other constituents of our creations. We collect the skins at local butcheries in the mountains. We preserve them either by drying or by deep freezing in order to avoid the use of an enormous amount of salt.
After more than two years of intensive work in this line of thought, the team has grown to include six members. Today, Cervo Volante offers six different styles of shoes in five unique natural colours. True to our principles, all of our products derive from deer that have been hunted and tanned in the Swiss Alps according to the highest ecological criteria and traditional handcraft.
Fine shoes make the beginning of our first product line. Handcrafted by the grand Italian maestro Silvano Sassetti in Italy, they express the magic of the wilderness.
Building on this fundament, we want to approach the next step in the evolution of Cervo Volante: A line of accessories comprising a shopper, a weekender, a necessaire, a glasses case and a travel tag.
According to our Cervo Volante customs, we tan all of our leather 100% vegetable without chrome and with no chemical pre-tanning agents. As far as we know, our leather is one of the very few in the world which is tanned this consequently. We want our precious leather to stay as natural as possible. Therefore we do not add any synthetic agents for dying or surface sealing. A truly unique procedure today! Cervo Volante accessories will be handcrafted in Switzerland aiming to minimize the negative environmental impact of long transports.
What you see here are handmade prototypes of each model, which may vary slightly once made ready for serial production.
THE TRAVEL TAG
ONE TO AIM FOR:
THE GLASSES CASE
Would you like to see our Cervo Volante wild and beautiful companions live? Our prototypes are ready for personal encounters in our Cervo Volante Store at Neumarkt 24 in 8001 Zurich, open Di-Fr 12-18.30, Do -20 and Sa 10-16h.
You’re also welcome to send us an e-mail requesting further pictures and specifications or setting a personal appointment with one of our team members.
HOW TO PICK YOUR WILD LEATHER COMPANION
Like all of our products, Cervo Volante accessories possess a unique character. For selected items we won't just ship you any random piece if our campaign reaches its goal. We will send you a link to our online library where you can choose the colour and design-by-marks of your leather companion once production is completed (unless you pledged for the "Blind Booking" reward).
In case you pledged for the "Blind Booking", you will be able to select the product colours by sending us an email. However, you will not be able to select the individual item based on its design-by-marks.
Because our products are manufactured in different batches, the delivery dates of your reward items may vary.
VAT, duty, and import taxes are included for the following countries:
USA, United Kingdom, Singapore, Japan, South Korea, Switzerland, Germany, Italy, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Slovenia, Slovakia, Spain and Sweden.
If your shipping country is not listed in the list above, you will be responsible for VAT, duty, and import taxes.
WHAT YOU GET
Since our red deer are free to roam the Swiss Alps, wildlife marks such as scars, skin folds or minor injuries are expected. This is not an impediment to us. On the contrary. Those wild traces constitute the character and backbone of products that can be bought with good conscience. They are proof of our authentic and devoted production line.
To preserve the Alps and their inhabitants, red deer are hunted during a well-regulated hunting season in September and subsequently brought to local butcheries. The hides are then slowly and naturally dried in a salt-free manner before being tanned.
Toxic and environmentally harmful chemical pre-tanning agents are still used in the pre-tanning process of most vegetable-tanned leather. By avoiding toxic and environmentally harmful chemicals, our tanning process is natural from the very first steps, but requires time and patience. All our deerskins are tanned in the canton of Berne, Switzerland, at the tanneries of Jürg Zeller&Friends and Beat Graber&Family.
For all those reasons, our customers can wear our shoes and companions in good conscience and without any health concerns, even barefoot or right on the skin.
ABOUT CERVO VOLANTE
The idea of Cervo Volante was born in a climbing hall in Zürich where Kadri – a seasoned businesswoman and chemist, and Conny, a keen hunter and biologist, used to go climbing together once a week. They became friends and in addition to the common hobby they discussed different issues related to work, values and life in general. At one point Conny mentioned how much valuable raw material such as skins was wasted as nobody cared to use hunting leftover. Being responsible people, who respect animals and care about our planet and its future, making use of such waste was a topic very close to their hearts and every time they went climbing they continued the same discussion – would it be possible to produce some “natural luxury” out of that wild, valuable but wasted raw material? That was in February 2016.
Active as they were, they went further than just words. First, they made a feasibility study – researched tanneries and technologies on the Internet. Next they informed themselves about tanning opportunities and visited several tanneries and leather goods producers (including Silvano Sassetti and Meindl-Fashion). As both the above mentioned producers were very interested in cooperation and able to produce according to their specifications, they decided, in September 2016, to give it a try. In October their team was complemented by Marc Fischer, graphic designer, creative director and entrepreneur and Piret Puppart, professor and head of department at the Estonian Academy of Arts.
In a nutshell: five motivated people, eager to resurrect traditional tanning methods, have launched an eco-friendly product line of shoes and are ready to embrace a future beyond 2050 with production-ready prototypes of Cervo Volante Wild Leather Companions in the pipeline.
Cervo Volante – recreating future traditions – for a future beyond 2050
Risks and challenges
We are a young and fresh company, and many things can go wrong. There is always a chance that unforeseen complications could arise and cause delays to one of our leather production or creations crafters batches. If this happens, we will certainly be transparent and provide you with an updated delivery schedule.
However, as we are working together with very seasoned and trusted crafts partners, we are very confident in our ability to deliver your accessories on time.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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