FAQ (leather)


(10-10) Most asked questions

(10-10/A)What is « full grain leather » ?

Full grain leather is the top layer of the skin of young cattle, the outer, denser side of the skin which has not been altered. Wrinkles, natural imperfections and the grain of the skin are apparent.

(10-10/B) Why use « full grain leather « ?

Full grain leather is the number one quality leather on the market, This leather breathes, retains less moisture and ages beautifully . It is the most resistant and with time only gets better and acquired a marvellous patina. Top grain leather is less expensive but often labelled as full grain leather. Beware of false advertising !

(10-10/C)Please explain what is « top grain leather »

Some manufacturers use a secondary quality leather called « top grain » which is a process where leather is split layered , obtaining a thinner skin. Sanded and coated, to simulate full grain leather, it has a colder plastic feel with less breathability, and it will not develop a natural patina. It is less expensive and cannot be called full grain leather.

(10-10/D) What does the term « printed » mean ?

Printed leather is a process where the leather is placed under a hot vapor press with a molded pattern. The press releases hot steam, which stretches the leather. Cooling down, the leather adheres to the mold , taking on a particular shape or inprint such as snake or croco patterns. This operation is called graining the leather . This texture camouflages skin imperfections as well as improves the leather’s resistance to rain, versus a smooth leather. Some manufacturers will attempt to recycle inferior leather qualities into grained leather.

(10-10/E) Why pay more for a leather bag when there is an incredible amount of cheaper bags on the market, made of vinyl, fabric or artificial leather

Because when you invest in a full grain leather bag, you invest in longevidity. You purchase a product with characteristics authentic and natural, as unique as finger prints. This leather breathes, retains less moisture and ages beautifully . It is the most resistant and with time only gets better and acquired a marvellous patina.

(10-10F)How to care for your leather

For soft or grained leather, not for suede ; Before using your new bag, you should apply a protector.If the leather has been dirtied before being protected, clean it with a high quality leather cleaner. Let it air dry then apply a protector which will keep the leather supple as well as waterproof . If you bag gets rain or snow soaked, let it air dry at room temperature away from heat sources to avoid shrivelling. Once dry, re-apply the protector.

For suede ; Before wearing your new suede bag, it is important to spray your bag with a colorless waterproofing product to protect from water spots, salt stains and dust. We recommand you brush you bag regurlaly to raise the nap of the suede. If your bag gets wet, let it air dry then once it is dry, brush to raise the nap then spray with a waterproofing conditioner product for suede.