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.