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Leather 101

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leather 101

Leather seems like such a simple subject at first. What could be so complicated, it’s just leather, right? Turns out, there is actually much more to leather than most people think. Like wine or coffee, there are vast differences in quality, craftsmanship, origin, character, aging and effect. 

For example, if you’re a coffee aficionado, imagine if someone tried to sell you instant decaf coffee but marketed it to you as a robust Guatemalan reserve fresh out of the French Press? Well, unfortunately, this kind of confusion and misinformation is rampant in the world of leather. I hate seeing people get taken advantage of and overpaying for inferior leather products. So we’re taking a deep dive into the world of leather in hopes that it might be helpful when evaluating all of your options.  For additional resources and buying guides, click here.

Leather Care & Maintenance

What is Vegetable Tanned Leather?

Vegetable Tanned Leather vs. Chrome Tanned Leather

Full Grain Leather vs. Genuine Leather

What is Bonded Leather?

What is a Leather Patina?

How is Leather Thickness Measured, in Ounces?

What's a North American Steer and Why Should I Care?

Isn't Horween Chromexcel Leather the Best?

What is Italian Leather, isn't it Supposed to be the Best?

What Makes Leather Soft & Supple?

What About Those Expensive Designer Bags with Logo Patterns on Them?

Briefcases vs. Messenger Bags: What's the Difference?