Material and Care

:: LEATHER


General information about (our) leather:


Leather is animal hide, preserved by tanning, and with additional treatments according to its intended application. Depending on what is required, this can result in e.g. tough shoe leather or silky-soft leather for clothing. Naturally, every different species has a different type of hide with different characteristics, so each needs to be used in an appropriate application.


We use only top quality calf leather. This can be categorised according to the colour application or pigmentation process into a variety of types of leather: aniline leather, semi-aniline leather or pigmented leather.


Aniline leather has no surface colouring, and semi-aniline leather has only very little. On both of these types of leather, hair pores are still clearly visible. Pigmented leather (also called pigment coated leather) has a heavier coloured layer, and the hair pores are no longer visible.


When it comes to pigmentation, it is the properties required of the leather which guides the tanner. If no coloured layer is applied (as with aniline leather), the leather will fade more quickly, and it is sensitive to stains. However, it has the finest texture, and feels soft and warm. A thin colour layer (semi-aniline leather) provides moderate protection but without compromising the soft texture. Pigment coated leather gains great protection from its thicker colour layer, but it loses the soft texture and feels cooler and firmer. It would be great if a leather which was as soft as aniline leather yet as durable as pigment coated leather existed – but unfortunately that’s just not possible to achieve technically.


Characteristics and handling: Leather is an (enhanced) natural product. So it’s quite possible that small scars, insect bites or folds – natural features, in other words – will be visible. It will also change over time in response to usage, light and its environment. This process is completely normal, and results in the leather’s own individual patina. The higher quality the leather is, the less treatment it is given, and hence the more sensitively it reacts. Aniline leather is just such an untreated leather, and over time it will develop a wonderful patina.


If fading, marks, scratches etc. become objectionable, the leather should be cleaned and treated with a leather care product. The earlier you start doing this the longer it will remain beautiful and supple. When cleaning and applying care products, please always be aware of the type of leather you have. If you are uncertain, please do ask us or a leather specialist.


Always treat your leather only with appropriate care agents, and steer clear of experimenting with shoe or cosmetics creams and the like. There is no cleaning and care product which is suitable for every type of leather, so the product must be matched to your particular type of leather.



Aniline leather


Aniline leather is an open-pored, smooth leather and it represents the most natural and purest form that leather can take. One way to recognise it is that it will quickly absorb a drop of water into the material. This leather is just tanned and gently dyed for colour, but otherwise it remains untreated. After that it is neither finished nor coated, so that the natural consistency of the leather is retained. The overall texture and the silky matt surface are the results of this sympathetic treatment. But unfortunately, with this process it is not technically possible to always achieve exactly the same colour tone, so open-pored leather like this can exhibit considerable colour variation.


Because the surface structure of open-pored smooth leather is fully visible, this means that only carefully selected hides can be used, making it the most prestigious type of leather. If a hide’s surface is significantly damaged (e.g. from horn injuries), the hide is just not suitable for processing into aniline leather. Flawless hides are a rare commodity, and this naturally makes them expensive. Visible natural marks such as small bumps, folds or insect bites are, however, proof of the original quality of the leather, and make each finished product a high-end, unique item. With everyday use a lovely patina will develop, giving the leather an even softer texture.


Care: Aniline dyes are very colour sensitive, and will quickly fade in this open-pored, soft leather. You can resist this to an extent by treating the leather regularly with a special care product which includes UV protection. In addition, before using it and at regular intervals thereafter, you absolutely must treat your bag with an appropriate proofing spray.


First aid: Stains can’t always be avoided, even if you’re taking the greatest of care. So apply first aid, by pressing a terry cloth or kitchen roll to the fresh stain, to draw out the fluid. Please do not rub, as this can damage the leather surface. Any remaining soiling should be blotted away with a slightly damp terry cloth. For obstinate stains we recommend that you contact a specialist company.


Applications: Automobile leather (rare), clothing leather, furniture leather, shoe leather, bag leather



Semi-aniline leather


Semi-aniline leathers are smooth leathers which are coated with a thin layer of pigment or a thin ‘top coat’ which may be applied with oils and waxes. This layer is called the finish, and it is applied to the surface after through-dyeing. It provides a measure of protection against the external environment, without covering up the surface structure. This restrained treatment ensures that the soft texture of the leather is retained.


Care: Protect your bag before first use and at regular intervals thereafter with a proofing spray. From time to time it will also benefit from a specialist leather care product.


First aid: Stains can’t always be avoided, even if you’re taking the greatest of care. So apply first aid, by pressing a terry cloth or kitchen roll to the fresh stain, to draw out the fluid. Please do not rub, as this can damage the leather surface. Any remaining soiling should be blotted away with a slightly damp terry cloth. For obstinate stains we recommend that you contact a specialist company.


Typical applications: Jackets, furniture leather, bag leather


Our semi-aniline leather ranges:



Pigment coated leather

Pigment coated leather, also known as pigmented leather, is also a smooth leather. After the dyeing process a pigmented colour finish is applied which is so thick that the grain and skin pores of the leather are completely covered over. This coloured layer makes the leather less sensitive to moisture and marks from use, but as a result it is also not quite so soft to the touch.


Care: If necessary, wipe the bag or wallet with a damp cloth. For heavier soiling use a mild leather cleaner (do not rub too hard). Finally, the leather should be nourished with a thin treatment of leather grease (dubbin). Depending on the level of use, this process (treatment and care) should be repeated every three to six months.


Applications: Automobile leather, leisure jackets, motorbike leathers, furniture leather, shoes, bags.


Our ranges from pigment coated leather:



:: SYNTHETIC LEATHER


Our synthetic leather is a combination of a textile carrier fabric and a polyurethane (PU) coating which has its surface embossed with a leather texture. Thanks to this modern PU material our synthetic leather bags can be easily cleaned in the washing machine, something that was not possible with previous synthetic leathers made from PVC (polyvinyl chloride).


Here’s how to help your handbag last even longer:

  • Don’t overload your bag with too much weight, and avoid contact with sharp or abrasive items.
  • It’s no problem if your bag gets wet, but please do ensure it is dried thoroughly afterwards.


Care: You can clean your synthetic leather handbag with a damp cloth.

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