Our Philosophy


Today, vegetable-tanned leather is a luxury that has become rare, because due to the high amount of work and costs involved in the production of this leather, only a few tanneries worldwide still work according to this method, which is kind to people and the environment. Pure, natural tanning agents such as Valonea pods, mimosa bark, oak bark or tara fruit, as well as a lot of craftsmanship and skill lead to a unique leather that meets the highest standards of quality and sustainability: Soft and warm handle, gentle, natural leather scent, unadulterated surface structure, extraordinary brilliant colors, and last but not least best possible breathability and skin compatibility (suitable for allergy sufferers) due to the chrome-free vegetable tanning distinguish our leather from conventional leather. (More information here: Our leather)


Timeless . Noble . Pure

For us, the excellent design expresses itself in simplicity and clarity. High-quality material
and craft, color, form, and function must work together correctly because the right style is
ultimately based on functionality and not on decoration. Every little detail is essential
because our articles should look not only functional but also feel good when they
accompany us through the day. The focus is on the beauty of the genuine natural leather
we use for our articles.

Uncompromising Quality

Consistently ecological

It’s a little like cooking: Only the best ingredients ultimately lead to an incomparably good meal that will be remembered for a long time to come, as is the case with an article from NICAY.

We have set ourselves the task of using the best materials available on the market in terms of quality and sustainability.

Take, for example, our welted boots: The upper leather, most beautiful vegetable-tanned calfskin – comes from Tuscany. The glove-soft, also vegetable-tanned and breathable lining leather comes from Ecopell in Southern Germany. The high-quality leather soles and heel blocks – elaborately produced over a period of up to 9 months in the original Eichenlohe pit tanning process, come from the traditional company Joh. Rendenbach in our home town, Trier. The factory in Spain, which makes shoes and boots, has specialized in the production of welted footwear for over 30 years.

About The Use Of Leather

In this respect, I have conflicted the foundation of NICAY: On the one hand, I love leather because it is a natural, excellent material that cannot be replaced by any other content in terms of its favorable properties, especially in shoes. On the other hand, I do not want an animal to die for me or fashion. For this reason, I am also a vegetarian, an absolute opponent of fur. I have been active in animal protection since my student days. Still, I am realistic enough to know that there have always been and will always be meat-eaters.

It remains to hope that at least on meat from kind-fair animal husbandry one pays attention and the Verramschen to low prices finally stops, which harms in the final effect all: humans, nature and animals.

The leather we process is a by-product of the food industry. No animal is slaughtered for leather, the skin is left over, as is the case with the salmon skins from Nanai in Bischofsmais, which we use for. The fish skins come from certified organic salmon farms in Ireland. They are a so-called “waste product” of the food industry — likewise, the cow horn from which our horn jewelry is made.

Our leather manufacturer Ecopell in Southern Germany, uses hides from species- appropriate husbandry in Bavaria. As one of the few manufacturers worldwide, ecopell leather is certified by biokreis and IVN-Naturleder.

In conclusion, I would like to say that I do not make it easy for myself to use an animal product any day. But what I find worse than continuing to use an animal skin is to throw it away. It is, therefore, particularly important for me to know where the hides come from and that animal husbandry is appropriate to the species.

Nicole Aytar (Founder & CEO)