Buying a leather products 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 men’s and women’s leather apparels and accessories like leather jackets, shoes, wallets, bags and even premium sofas.
At Kiara Hut, our range is crafted from premium and superior sheep, goat nappa and nubucks leather in the main as these are the best quality and offer supreme comfort, softness and suppleness.
Leather, 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 leather is very soft and supple to the touch, as well as beautifully lightweight making them very comfortable and a joy to wear.
Nubuck, suede 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. Generally leather garments all improve with wear and will give the wearer a lot of pleasure and comfort during its life. In our opinion you can’t beat a premium quality leather, and yes we are definitely biased here.
Nappa leather is the highest quality and most expensive leather type. Nappa is defined by its beautifully lightweight structure, suppleness
and softness. Nappa is derived from goat and sheep skins. 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. In effect, aniline nappa leathers will display a subtle and lighter colour tone variation
which adds greater definition to create a very soft vintage toned colour finish. In addition aniline leathers also have a softer sheen finish
which is less shinny than a classic sealed nappa leather which has a slighter higher sheen finish. In contrast, the dye process for classic
nappa leather 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. Nubuck
can be 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.
Nubuck is generally more expensive than standard nappa leather.
Our nubuck has gorgeous velvety soft touch finish and is a beautiful medium weight, it is definitely gorgeous to touch and wear.
Suede is derived from an interior split of a leather skin. Suede has short hair like structure on both sides.