When you're looking to invest in a premium product, it's always good to know the facts and how to distinguish high quality leather.
In this short guide we will help you get familiar with this luxury material.
Full Grain Leather
Full grain comes from the top layer of the hide and includes all of the natural grain and the strongest fibres, making it the highest quality cut of leather.
The natural surface of full grain is incredibly unique, telling a story through natural imperfections and markings.
As it ages, it burnishes and beautifies, developing a much sought-after patina and unique character that cannot be easily duplicated. Truly, the more you use it, the better it looks and feels.
'Vegetable tanned leather' refers to the method of tanning the animal hide into leather. Natural, sustainable and renewable raw materials are used like tree bark which add a unique look and feel to the hide.
This is one of the oldest methods of tanning, what makes it so unique is it allows us to use thicker leather and results in more body and character. Vegetable tanned leather also tends to age better and develops a rich patina over time.
Pull Up Leather
'Pull up' refers to the finishing technique of adding oil and wax to the leather that is completely natural, to create a soft and supple finish.
The unique and natural appearance will lighten in colour when stretched during wear, allowing every piece to develop its own markings, unique to each individual wearer.
Pull up leather creates a beautiful patina which makes each pieces unique.
Nubuck leather comes from the top-grain layer of calfskin or cowhide.
The grain is sanded and buffed to provide a consistent appearance and give a velvet-like finish to the leather.
It is soft to the touch which makes it perfect for lining wearable accessories as it creates maximum comfort for the wearer.
'Vachetta' is a type of full-grain, vegetable tanned leather.
Distinguished by a high fat content which makes it soft and buttery to the touch.
As it ages the colour darkens and begins to develop a patina - making each piece unique. No two belts will look the same.
Referred to as 'Italian leather' because the process of vegetable tanning has been invented in Tuscan tanneries from where we source our materials.