CWD promotes animal welfare by working with around 40 farmers at 24 farms in Dordogne. This involves promoting the production of very highquality leathers and hides, while meeting the challenges of regional development through the Rural Hubs of excellence - leather sector in Périgord.
Both our hard and soft leathers are tanned using 100% vegetable tannins. We have chosen to ban the use of heavy metals such as chromium. three years of R&D and two million euros of investment were needed to meet this challenge. among other things, this superior quality leather (in terms of its solidity, stability, absorption of humidity, and hypoallergenic features) acquires a wonderful patina over time.
We handle the entire production process of our saddles, from producing the saddle tree through to final assembly. Everything is carried out 100% in our own production workshops.
CWD has been awarded the “Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant ” label in recognition of its exceptionally skilled craftsmanship. Every year, we open the doors of our production workshops for the “Journées des savoir-faire d’excellence”. This is an opportunity to meet our master saddle makers.
Our products are hand-made with passion and attention to detail. Trained in the very heart of our workshops, our saddle makers are taught by more experienced colleagues to perfect the six main areas of artisan saddle making: cutting, preparing, assembling, mounting, machine stitching and hand stitching. This expertise is permanently evolving, integrating new technologies to create an exceptional, unrivalled and remarkable hand-crafted product.
Our mastery of the value chain, from the integrated tannery to the distribution of our products, means we are constantly striving to improve and develop our organisation. We are lucky to be able to work closely with one of the Meilleurs Ouvriers de france within our liM institute training school. Our technical advisors come from the world of riding and undergo three weeks of training to be able to guide riders and their horses towards the most suitable equipment.
The format and volume of our packaging is optimised to ensure it is as manageable as possible. Exports now represent 60% of our sales and remain key to our business.
Our packaging is also environmentally designed and is 100% recyclable, with very little loss of material during production. It can be reused to package your saddle for return or repair.
CWD products are designed to last. from design through to manufacture, everything is studied in detail to bring comfort, technical prowess and a esthetics to the rider and horse, with a constant view to preserving our environment.
Our saddles are accompanied by regular servicing to preserve the beauty and suppleness of our full-grain leathers. this living material requires the greatest of care. Cleaning and greasing are recommended if you want to enjoy your saddle for years to come and to give the leather a patina which will develop over time.
When required, the different parts of your saddle are examined to ensure they are as good as new. Our team of artisan saddle makers is available to adjust your equipment and carry our repairs in our own workshops. We also strive to ensure your used saddles can be repaired to give them another lease of life! We promote resale through our integrated commercial network and our website, where our technical experts will help you find that rare jewel that fits your budget and your discipline.
Back in 2012, a Centre of Rural Excellence (Pôle d’excellence rurale or PER in French) for the leather industry was set up in the north of the Dordogne, in southwest France, to improve the quality of leather produced and give structure to the sector. Its principal aim was to establish a local supply network of first rate leather, at the demand of CWD, located in Nontron.
These saddles are a real technological challenge, made entirely of pure vegetal leather, and represent a revolution within the saddlery world.
This recent process, which uses natural, biodegradable tannins such as mimosa and chestnut, has resulted in one of the most environmentally-friendly leathers on the market. The combination of a natural tanning process and a physical rather than chemical way of working the leather make it more resistant, suitable for top level sport and intense use. The result is twice as resistant to UV rays as chrome-tanned leather. Vegetal leather is usually firm and hard, but this novel recipe adds flexibility and maneuverability, which are the trademarks of our saddles.
CWD’s pure vegetal leather saddles therefore have a new, more natural appeal that embellishes the leather over time as it develops a patina. The skilful leatherwork and assembly technique provide the rider with unprecedented comfort. Pure vegetal leather is non-allergenic and harmless for both horse and rider.
- Leather that lasts twice as long
- A technological breakthrough, abandoning the use of chrome
- The use of vegetal tannins including quebrache, mimosa and chestnut
- Biodegradable, ecological leathers
- Unequalled resistance of the leather in extreme, full-on conditions
- Embellishment of the leather as it develops a patina over time
- Twice as resistant to UV rays as chrome-tanned leather
Performance and aesthetics
- An innovative formula providing flexibility and maneuverability
- A new, more natural appeal
- Leather-working and assemblage at the service of the rider’s comfort
- Non-allergenic: total harmless for the horse and rider
Good to know
- Vegetal leathers are usually firm and hard, and mainly used for the flaps of a saddle.
- Chrome-tanned leathers tend to be flexible and elastic, and are used for the seat and pads.
- Chrome is a heavy metal, harmful for the environment, and takes decades to break down. It can also provoke allergies.
CWD’s sustainable commitments
Providing the very best top-end models
Guaranteeing its products are harmless
Ensuring its production is environmentally friendly
Progressing hand in hand with the future
CWD is strongly committed to sustainable development.
It also looks to the future, concerned for tomorrow’s world, and makes every effort to limit the impact of its activity on the environment. You may already be familiar with some of our environmental initiatives, namely our vegetal-tanned leather and our eco-design saddle packaging. Keep reading to discover how we recycle the tarpaulins from our stands into fashionable, practical bags for protecting your riding tack.
A bit of our stand in your stable…
Every year, CWD participates in numerous salons and competitions around the globe. Where possible, we re-use the materials employed for decorating our stands. However, certain events and new products require us to print new tarpaulins. In total, that’s about 1,600 m2 of tarpaulin per year. The tarpaulins we print on in France (via our own printers near Nontron, in the Dordogne) are made of PVC We decided to recycle them, where possible, so we’ve started making them into bags to hold your girths, boots, bridles and other small tack. So far, 2,500 bags have already been made.
…and an IT bag in your saddlery
Our packaging used to be made of transparent plastic. Now, however, you might be lucky enough to have a bag with a picture of one of the Olympic champions on it or the new Mademoiselle saddle. It all depends on which tarpaulin has been used.
Look after it carefully, for some of these bags are bound to become collectors’ items!
Leather is our know-how. Saddles, our profession. We make them, we know all about them. And most of all, we watch out for them. See how we do so.
You may well have noticed our Leather Corner for some while now. Like a hardened traveller, it pops up in the midst of the finest equestrian events and on the doorstep of the best stables, its leather technicians ever-ready to help and welcome both grooms and riders. CWD’s Leather Corner is an ephemeral leather workshop that perfectly combines innovation and craftsmanship, dedicated to the maintenance and inspection of saddles and accessories irrespective of their brand. A superb display of excellence, and all for free!