Saturday, August 2, 2008

Leather For Dummies

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

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