Know Your Leather

Knowledge about leather, the different types, and properties is a good place to start to understand the best way to care for your leather goods. As with all natural products, each piece is unique and will have its own individual natural markings and characteristics. We carefully check our leathers to ensure that they are of the highest quality and only use tanneries who supply top quality ethically sourced leather.

Natural Leather Markings

Every hide is individual and as such, each will have its own individual markings. Typical hides will have; stretch marks (often on the hind portion of the cow as it grows), tick holes (small holes where an insect or tick has punctured the skin to feed), scarring (often as the result of a veterinary procedure or injury from its natural surroundings), veining (larger animals often have large veins just under their skin surface) and flay marks (where the fatty tissue is removed from the underside of the hide and the knife used has left a cut or mark)

When the leather is processed, this top layer of the skin is buffed and sanded to remove these marks or is completely ‘split off’ as in our classic range. Once the leather has been tanned, any residual marks become almost imperceptible but are occasionally visible, particularly veining, which can sometimes be seen on the back of the leather.

All the leather that we use is carefully checked for any markings that would detract from the appearance of the finished product, and we will allow smaller marks, particularly on the underside of the hide to pass this stage if they are natural and do not detract from the look or strength of the leather. Natural marks cannot be treated at this stage to make them less visible, and should you receive a bag with marks that are not acceptable, we are more than happy to discuss the issue

Special Leather Care

Most of the leathers we use for our products are top-grain leathers. This is the layer found just beneath the skin surface as it has the densest fibers and highest strength. Our leathers are typically 2.6 to 2.8 mm thick. They are robust and strong and give a good solid structure to our bags.

Looking after your leather bag is fairly straightforward and if you follow the instructions in our care guide you should have little trouble keeping your bag in great shape. As with most things, a little regular maintenance goes a long way to extending the beauty and longevity of your bag. Please always remember to do a spot check on an unseen area before you use any cleaning or moisturizing product for the first time to ensure that it does not cause any issues with the color or texture of the leather.