Vin Baker has been at the “fore-front of fashion” since 1951, always combining “value” along with “fashion”. Our products are always up-scale, “on fashion’s edge” but also a little understated. We pay particular attention to the quality, function and details of each bag. Through-out the years, Vin Baker products have been the choice of many celebrities and TV Show stylists. A few of the celebrities that have chosen our products include: “Cher”, “Diane Keaton”, “Pricilla Presley”, “Lisa Presley”, “Keri Russell”, “Courtney Cox”, “Hillary Swank”, “Rita Wilson”, “LeAnne Rhimes”, “Beyonce Knowles”, and “Jenna Bush”. Some of the TV Shows that have featured VIN BAKER products include: “Friends”, “Felicity”, “91210”, and “Buffy The Vampire” as well as numerous others. We understand that an up-scale fashion handbag makes a “strong personal statement”. We also think that it should reflect a lot of “personal pride in ownership”. With this in mind, we use only the finest leathers and hardware available. Consequently, we import all of our leathers and hardware from Italy and mostly from the “Tuscany Region”. Most of our leathers are “Vegetable Tanned”. This tanning process uses only the natural extracts from Chestnuts and the Mimosa plant and therefore the more harmful chemicals that are commonly used in the regular commercial tanning process are eliminated. The tanneries and hardware suppliers that we buy from are also the major suppliers for many of the famous International Designers, which include: Dolce Gabbana, Prada, Gucci, Chloe, Marc Jaccobs, Louis Vuitton, etc. We never use “pigment dyed” leathers and instead of accepting “tannery runs” we “hand select” each hide at the tannery before shipping it to the USA. Each VIN BAKER bag has been custom made by leather craftsmen who have many years of experience making fine leather products, most of them were trained in the Louis Vuitton Factory. Since most of our bags are made of “natural leathers” and are “custom-made”, On occasion, you might see some of “natures little wrinkles” or small “imperfections”, This is a merely a “bench mark” of owning a custom-made bag made of natural materials that haven’t been stamped-out and mass-produced. Both our VIN BAKER “Classic Designs” as well as our “Seasonal Fashion bags” are lasting investments and can be carried with pride because each VIN BAKER bag has the following features: all are made of Italian leather, all use Italian hardware, all are fully leather lined, all have inside zipper pockets, all have a separate Cell Phone pocket, all are custom made in Los Angeles, “USA” .Our best customer is one who places more value in the quality and styling of the bag and less in the “name”! Our Leathers: I buy all of my leathers from tanneries that are located in “Santa Croce”, Italy which has the highest “EPA” standards in the World! ALL TANNERIES IN SANTA CROCE: A) Only use “re-claimed re-cycled water” and in-turn “re-cycle the water that they have used” in the Tanning process! B) They all have “State-of-the-Art” Air-Filtering Systems which eliminate ALL TOXINS and Fumes from the Air. C) Most of my Leathers are “VEGETABLE TANNED” which uses NO CHEMICALS, only NATURAL PLANT PRODUCTS derived from Chestnuts and Mimosa Plants! This process eliminates the use of the many Toxic Chemicals that are more commonly used by Tanneries such as Chromium and Chemical dies! D) I ONLY USE LEATHER THAT IS A SECONDARY PRODUCT!!!! (Meaning NO ANIMAL LIFE HAS BEEN SACRAFICED FOR its SKIN!!!!) It should be noted that: “ALMOST ALL Snakeskin, Crocodile, Lizard, Alligator skins as well as Fur are a “PRIMARY PRODUCT”, meaning that THE ANIMAL HAS BEEN KILLED FOR THE USE OF IT’S SKIN ONLY!!! E) I NERVER USE MAN-MADE Materials such as vinyl’s and plastics! These are ALL PETROLEUM based PRODUCTS which are not bio-degradable and further deplete Earth’s oil reserves. F) All Leather is Bio-Degradable!!! Adhesives & Finishes: ALL of my adhesives and leather finishes are WATER-BASED, not Petroleum based. By using WATER-BASED materials, we eliminate all toxic fumes and these materials are bio-degradable. We RE-CYCLE: We send all of our leather scraps / cardboard / and waste paper to a recycler.