Kokkolan Tannery

Location: Kokkola, Finland

Rescuing elk hides from population control hunting to give them a new life

Elks are wild animals that live freely in pure Nordic nature. The elk population in the Nordic countries is around 600,000. The population is managed through government-controlled hunting, as elk don’t have enough natural enemies in the wild. Usually the hides end up being buried back to the ground, but Kokkolan Tannery has started tanning them into beautiful and durable leather.

The material

In Nordics, the elk population grows too large endangering other species due to the lack of natural predators. The population is controlled through government-regulated hunting permissions. All hides are sourced from hunters in Finland and Sweden.

The unique grain patterns combined with the fine balance of thickness and softness make elk leather superior compared to other leather qualities. The material is extremely comfortable in shoulder bags and backpacks.


The company

Since 1990’s, Kokkolan has built a network of local hunters, especially in Finland and Sweden, from whom they source the elk hidesThe tannery has been active since 1957, when the grandfather of the current managing director set up the business with his business partner.

Kokkolan uses only renewable energy sources. All chemicals used are supplied within the European Union from retailers who have to abide to the high European environmental standards. The leather is chrome tanned in a closed process to avoid any of the chemicals ending up to the nature.


Toni Dahlvik, CEO Juha Örnberg, production manager Joe Taruru, Tamara Zaitler & Bjarne Bergdahl enjoy working in a multicultural atmosphere.


Siddique Nure Alam working with the tanned leather.