Weather the leather

This item appears on page 51 of the September 2011 issue.

The “Where in the World?” picture of the tannery in Fez, Morocco, and those dying vats reminded me of when I bought a leather handbag in the shop above the tannery in December ’09.

I had to turn the bag inside out and hang it outside for two months to get the awful smell out! They don’t process leather very thoroughly, and it was really rank.

But, at $10, the price was right — and now it’s a very nice bag.

Larkspur, CA