5 Things You Need to Know About Leather

If you have been with us for a while now, you should noticed that we have increased our collection of leather bags recently. We know that a good quality bag goes a long way, even better if it is a timeless fashion piece.

Genuine leather bags are like gold jewelries. It is something your mom probably have told you that she will hand it down to you so you can hand it down to your children (even though it may be her excuse to own more bags/jewelries. hehe!). Truth is, it is a legacy.


Don't you love the smell of real leather? We do.

We have been learning so much about leather from our craftsmen ever since we started developing our own handmade products. Since we are crazy over leather now, we thought it would be great to share some knowledge with you!

Here are the 5 things you need to know about leather.

1. Leather can be water resistant

As much as we hate walking in the rain with our brand new leather bag, shoes or jacket, most of the leather used commercially are treated for water resistance to some degree. It is commonly treated with oil. However, if your leather good is in contact with water or liquid for a long time, not treating it right away will leave water spots which can't be removed easily.

Thank God for Saffiano leather, which was famously seen in Prada bags. The distinct rough cross hatch design is in fact invented by the man himself, Mario Prada. Because of its unique emboss design, it is incredibly water resistant and scratch resistant, making the bag super practical for a girl boss like you!

Prada bag


Saffiano leather



2. Italian Leather is the crème de la crème. Hmm...really?

Tuscany Italy Leather tanning

Source: CUERO

Italian leather was the best. Don't get us wrong. It is still one of the best leathers in the world. But what made it the best? Is it still world's best?

There are articles saying Italian leather is the most long-lasting leather, it can withstand daily wear and tear and it reduces the drudgery. We agree. But the key to note here is not the "Italian" leather that is the best, it is their tanning process and the standards set by the Italian tanners that made their leather the best. Over time, this process was learned and taught in many other countries, which is why we can't really say Italian Leather is the best.



3. One of the process of leather tanning requires animal brain (literally).

traditional leather tanning

Source: Pinterest

"Braining" is a traditional leather tanning process where it uses the animal's brain and water to make a mixture to soften the hide and make it pliable. But why use the brain of an animal? The brain of an animal is used traditionally as a source of emulsified oil. However, some tanners use eggs or a mixture of oil and soap, which can also achieve the same result as animal brain.

With the technology advancement today, braining is no longer being used in mass production because it is very time consuming. 



4. Handmade leather products are so expensive! Why?


Saddle stitch leather

Handmade leather bags are more durable than machine-made because of its stitching technique, commonly known as saddle stitch. Saddle stitch uses 2 needles going through the leather in both sides, locking each stitch as it goes. Hence, if the thread broke at any side, it will not affect the whole line, maintaining its strength to hold the leather together. A good saddle stitch usually appears to be slightly slanted. 

Though it may sound simple, but a certain amount of training and practice is needed to perfect the stitch.





5. Not all leather are DEAD.

Have you ever had a leather purse that appears darker in color  (usually a shade darker) over time? We are not talking about the oil stain or dust stains that got caught onto your leather bag over time, which can be cleaned or washed away with chemical solution. 

What we are saying is, the leather changes its color beautifully over the time of usage, without looking dull and old. Vegetable tanned leathers are natural leathers that is not processed, hence it is "alive" at which it changes color when it's exposed, unlike chrome leather and Saffiano leather that doesn't change its color over time.

Vege tanned leather

Source: Friday & River


We hope this article helps you understand more about leather!

Do share your thoughts if you have anything to add to this piece! We would love to hear them.




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