Learn About Leather
The History of Leather & How it's Made
Leather is one of nature's most versatile and sensual materials. It offers comfort and durability in a variety of beautiful finishes, textures and colors. Leather has been made in various locations around the world for more than 5,000 years.
The first tanner‘s guilds have been traced as far back as twelfth century England. Although tanning methods have changed with new technologies, the end result is a product that has been valued for centuries.
Leather is an agricultural by-product of the food industry. We purchase the hides and transform them into beautiful leather apparel and accessories. The first step in the modern tanning method is to apply a protective treatment to the hides (whole pelts from cattle) or Skins (the pelts of younger or smaller animals).
Next they are put through a chemical process to keep them soft and flexible. Now the tanners can work with the leather to adjust the thickness, color and apply a variety of finishes. The end product is sent to manufacturers, who cut and sew the leather into apparel and accessories.
The Look and Feel of Leather
When most people see leather, their first reaction is to touch it. The way leather feels is called its “hand". In general, the softer the hand, the higher the leather cost. The raw material, which is a determined by genetics, greatly influences the quality of leather.
Every hide and skin has sections that are naturally wrinkled, softer or thinner in certain areas. Environmental factors, including climate and food supply, also affect the final product. Since leather is a natural material, it is never uniform. Its small surface imperfections create a unique beauty that can never be duplicated.
Why Choose Leather?
Choose leather for durability and versatility:
Versatile leather pieces are available in a variety of textures and finishes. Heavy and durable by nature, it's the leather-of- choice for motorcycle jackets, briefcases and belts. The latest techniques in tanning and finishing also are creating lightweight versions of leather that are popular for year-around wear. It's easy to care for, water- and dirt-resistant, and the perfect match for any lifestyle.
Choose leather for beautiful finish options:
Strong, yet lightweight leather is ideal for gloves and jackets. It responds beautifully to tanning techniques and color finishes, giving it wonderful dimension and rich hues. lt's soft-to-the-touch, durable and a favorite among the world's top designers.
Choose leather for elegance and luxury:
Soft, smooth. and luxurious, lamb is the ultimate leather indulgence. Its lightweight nature and buttery texture give it a sophisticated appeal, which makes it the perfect choice for dressier jackets, sportswear and accessories. Although lamb is the most delicate of all leather types, it's also very wearable and transforms beautifully into today's most-fashion forward designs.
Choose leather for affordability:
Leather that is soft, durable and stain-resistant transforms easily into today's most current looks, making it a popular choice for leather jackets. New tanning techniques have created innovative surfacing like subtle sheens and matte finishes, in beautiful colors. This affordable, functional leather offers fashion, value and endless style.
Choose leather for velvety texture:
Suede refers to the underside of the leather, which is buffed to produce a velvety nap (texture). The natural highs and lows create interesting depth and beautiful hues, while the lightweight structure allows it to drape nicely - perfect for jackets, sportswear and handbags.
Leather is tear and puncture-resistant.
Leather protects from heat, cold and wind; and it repels moisture.
Leather items are available in a variety of weights and made with different linings for comfort in warm and cold weather.
Leather apparel stretches and molds to your body, yet at the same time retains its shape.
Leather breathes - that's what keeps it soft and supple.
Leather contains natural oils that help prevent cracking, flaking, peeling & tearing.
Leather is an agricultural by-product of the food industry. We purchase the hides and transform them into beautiful leather apparel and accessories.
Leather has been made in various locations around the world for more than 5,000 years.