Buying a leather product is not something that most of us do everyday, in addition there are some of us that have never owned one.
So we thought it would be useful to provide a brief overview on the main leather types used in the general crafting of leather apparels and accessories.
These are considered the best of quality and offer supreme comfort, softness and suppleness.
Suede and nubuck are natural materials which provide good wind shielding, warmth and fibre breathability as well as being very comfortable and easy to wear.
Apart from that, the premium-ness of leather can’t be matched with anything else.
The quality is determined by the softness and the origin of skin / hide (e.g. Sheep, goat, pig etc).
Sheep and goat hide is very soft and supple to the touch, as well as beautifully lightweight making them very comfortable and a joy to wear.
Suede and Nubuck hides are flexible and natural fabrics which will mould and adjust with regular wear to the body at the contact.
This is the case whether the fit on the person is loose, fitted or comfort fit.
Leather garments will also stretch with regular wear at snug contact points.
A new jacket, coat or waistcoat will have been having on a hanger in the warehouse before you receive.
It is therefore not uncommon for the leather to stick out from the body where there is a bit of space.
The leather with wear will fall into the body with a little wear and also as it warms up from body heat.
In our opinion you can’t beat our premium quality and yes we are definitely biased here.
Nappa is the highest quality and most expensive type and is defined by its beautifully lightweight structure, suppleness and softness.
Derived from goat and sheep hides, the main benefit of a garment crafted in nappa is that it can be worn all day with out it weighing down like a lead coat (unlike other hides which are fairly heavy weight).
The classic finish for nappa delivers a uniform and consistent colour shade throughout as the leather has a soft seal finish that helps to cover natural variations and blemishes in the top skin.
Aniline nappa is typically produced using vegetable or other soluble based dyes which colour the leather without altering the natural variations and individual characteristics within each skin.
These kind of leather/hides will display a subtle and lighter colour tone variation which adds greater definition to create a very soft vintage toned colour finish.
Also aniline leathers have a softer sheen finish which is less shinny than a classic sealed nappa which has a slighter higher sheen finish.
The dye process for classic nappa produces a uniform surface and solid block colour with a top coat seal finish which conceals variations and blemishes in the skin.
Hand dyed and waxed leathers offer a layering of colour shades and tones which makes each garment individual from the next.
Types of Finish:
Classic – this is the typical finish for soft leather and offers a very subtle natural sheen.
Brushed – matt finish with no sheen.
Crushed – subtle crushed and creased finished that has been set in through a variety of techniques.
Glazed – shiny glaze finish. Slightly stiffens leather.
Semi-Glazed – as a above but lighter glazed effect. Slightly stiffens leather.
Washed – subtle antiqued finish giving an added shade definition and subtle variation within the tone.
Burnished – the colour depth is layered by hand to deliver darkened areas to create an effect of aged character and patina without the effects of wear and tear
Twisted – the leather is washed and rung in a twist to embed fashionably long vertical creases.
Rub off – colour has been lightly rubbed off during the dye stage.
Distressed – fashion worn look.
Nubuck is made from finely sanding and milling full grain leather, the process is expensive and produces a luxuriously soft finish.
Usually described as velvet on leather, this short nap that catches the light to give a very subtle dual tone effect in a matt finish.
High quality nubuck jackets and coats offer an attractive vintage look finish.
Nubucks is generally more expensive than standard nappa leather & has gorgeous velvety soft touch finish.
Suede is derived from an interior split of a leather skin. Suede has short hair like structure on both sides.