Leather matters: Why our leather stands out

Buying leather requires careful consideration and a keen eye for quality.
For most, leather is just that. Leather. But if you’re reading this, chances are you know a little something about this incredibly durable and versatile material. And whether you’re a novice, enthusiast, expert or somewhere in between, it’s always good to know more.
So here’s a quick and easy guide that explain exactly what you’re getting, and why Jekyll & Hide places such importance on premium leather.

 

There are numerous varieties of leather that are broadly categorised into four kinds.

 

Full Grain Leather

 

Full grain leather, obtained from the top layer of the hide, includes all the grain, hence its name. It is the highest quality leather available and is by far the most expensive.

It absorbs body oils and develops a patina over time, a factor that contributes to its popularity. It is also the only kind of leather suitable for saddleback, and is normally found in premium leather products like travel wallets, briefcases, handbags and designer purses.

It absorbs body oils and develops a patina over time, a factor that contributes to its popularity. It is also the only kind of leather suitable for saddleback, and is normally found in premium leather products like travel wallets, briefcases, handbags and designer purses.

Top Grain Leather

 

Most high-end products like handbags and jackets are made with top grain leather, the second highest grade of leather. It is usually made by splitting the top layer of skin from blemished hides, and then sanding the surface to remove inherent imperfections.

This makes it smoother and more flexible than full grain leather and, although durable, it tends to stretch permanently over time.


Corrected Grain Leather

 

Also known as genuine leather, it is made from the skin layers that remain after the top is split off. It tends to be tougher in texture because it resides under the top layers, and is mostly used for items that don’t require soft leather, like furniture backs and sides.

It is also sanded, and its surface is usually spray-painted and embossed to resemble a natural appearance, although this does alter its inherent breathability.


Bonded Leather

 

Made using the leftovers of the hide, bonded leather includes dust and shavings that are bonded together using polyurethane or latex on a fibre sheet. It is also often spray-painted to look like full or top grain leather.

The lowest and cheapest grade of leather, it’s impossible to determine the percentage of natural leather unless the manufacturer chooses to disclose it.


OUR LEATHER

Jekyll & Hide only uses hand picked, tough and resistant full grain cow leather. It is long lasting and tanned using a traditional and natural vegetable tanning process. 

As explained above, this is the strongest and most durable type of leather, designed to resist moisture and look more beautiful over time. Throughout the production process we observe principles and practices that respect animals and the environment, and no harmful chemicals are used during the tanning process. All the leather we use is a by-product of the food industry.

No items are mass-produced. Each is meticulously handcrafted, and every component undergoes vigorous testing, meaning you can rest easy knowing that you’re investing in quality.

Jekyll & Hide is a lifestyle brand that merges original craftsmanship and attention to detail with fresh styling and a modern attitude. We create timeless pieces to accompany you on your journeys through life, ensuring that you always look your stylish best.

Whether it’s jackets, leather briefcases and backpacks, hand and cabin luggage or authentic handmade handbags, all your luxury leather needs are covered with Jekyll & Hide.

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