Given the recent influx of leather that we've received, we thought it'd be handy to give you guys a primer for all the leather lingo we sling around the store.
Full-grain leather: Also known as top grain; the top layer of animal skin, with only the hairs removed and no extra treating, preserving as much fiber strength as possible. Unlike treated leathers, full-grain leather develops a patina over time. Translation? The more you wear it, the better it'll look.
Items made of full-grain: Tanner wallets and cardholders
Latigo leather: A separated layer of leather, resulting in suede. Further treatment with glue and rollers produces a leather with full-grain finish on one side and suede on the other.
Items made of latigo: Tanner belts
Patent leather: Leather coated with plastic or oil for high-gloss. There are non-leather textiles that resemble patent leather, but don't be fooled. Over time, the coating will wear down, producing a matte, rubber-y finish.
Items made of patent: PF Flyers Glide in black, Albin in grey and in black
Aniline leather: Aniline is a chemical dye. Treatment with aniline produced a leather that is rarely dyed and has a soft, supple feel. Aniline leathers are particularly useful for their breathability, for materials that can be worn during hot and cold seasons.
Items made of aniline: PF Flyers Perrin in brown and in off-white, Albin in tan