High Quality Leather is a long-lasting and soft material created by the tanning of animal rawhide and skin, often cattle hide. It can be produced through manufacturing processes ranging from cottage industry to heavy industry. High Quality Leather is used for several purposes including clothing (e.g. shoes, hats, jackets, skirts, trousers, and belts), bookbinding, leather wallpaper, and as a furniture covering. It is produced in a wide variety of types and styles and is finished by a wide range of techniques.

Types of leather

There are various types of leather but at the leather sketch, we usually deal with Cow Hide and Sheep Hide

Choosing Between Cow Hide and Sheep hide

High Quality Leather manufactured from cowhide is on the stiff side and offers excellent resistance and protection but at the expense of weight. You will often find it used in motorcycle protective gear. And biker styles where toughness is the prime concern. Jackets made of cowhide can take a long time to “wear in” Whereas in leather made from Sheep hide grains are very fine, more supple than buffalo & cow but still tough and durable and lightweight. This leather gives a nice buttery feel. Sheep hides offer a good balance between comfort, style, and strength. They particularly suit jacket styles where suppleness is important such as bomber jackets, blazers, and reefers, especially in women leather jackets.

Leather Finishes

(protected and coated) – is the leather used in all applications- car upholstery, jackets, and clothing. This is the most apparent to maintain and also the most long-lasting. It has that finished look and slightly heavier. If a drop of water is spilled, it will bead up and cause no darkening of the spot and is easily wiped away.

Nappa leather is full-grain leather made from unsplit skin and noted for softness and durability. Velvety to the touch, Nappa leather is among one of the highest qualities of leathers and the most lightweight and soft. It is used in high-quality leather products. This quality leather offers great protection against the wind along with being resistant and warm.

Aniline leather is a type of leather in which high-quality hides have been treated with aniline as a dye. This produces delicate, soft, supple leather
Full aniline leather utilizes aniline dye to achieve a natural look, without any other finish. Semi-aniline leather also utilizes aniline dye and then adds a protective transparent topcoat finish that the full aniline leather lacks.

Nubuck is a type of high-quality rawhide leather that is sanded to achieve a margin of a nap. This creates a velvety-like texture that is comparable to suede but with a very notable difference. Both have been sanded to give them a soft feel. The difference is that Nubuck leather is sanded on the inside part of the leather, whereas suede is sanded on the outside

It’s a type of Leather that is finished by buffing the flesh side (opposite the grain side) to produce a nap. The term refers to the napping process and is separate to the type of skin used. See “Split Leather”.


What is Full Grain Leather?

Simply put, full-grain leather is the genuine deal, the best you can get. Take a look at the picture. This kind of richness, depth, and quality is only possible with full-grain leather. When people first hear the term full-grain leather they sometimes think it means that the leather will look grainy or pebbly. That is not the case. Full-grain refers to the full hide with all of its layers intact – not sanded down.

Genuine and High Quality Leather

Genuine and High Quality Leather is the catchall term for anything that is technically leather. Over the years, this definition has gotten so stretched that it is almost meaningless for consumers. It’s also perhaps the best-kept secret in the industry. Unfortunately, the vast majority of consumers still believe genuine leather is the “best” or at least a premium product that warrants a higher price. The opposite is often the case. Again, genuine leather just means “technically leather”. But think about that. What is leather? It means cowhide, right? Wrong. A while back, the definition of High Quality Leather was changed to include other animal hides. That means pig leather, goat leather, etc. also qualify as “genuine and high quality leather”. It also means that discarded scraps of leather reconstituted into a bag form can qualify as a “genuine leather bag”. So you could take scraps of pig hide, sand down the surface, emboss it, and reformat it into a bag, jacket or wallet and call it “genuine leather.” Surprised? Now, one other thing to note. Full-grain leather is also genuine leather by definition. But again, someone selling full-grain leather generally won’t market it as high quality genuine leather because they know the difference.
So, to recap, full-grain leather is considered the high quality leather because it’s the full hide, not sanded or corrected, or weakened in any way. Because of this, hide selection is important, as is the tanning process itself. Now, the hide can be split or shaved down to a different thickness. But this is done from the back (suede) side so as not to weaken the hide. This allows you to have full-grain leather of different thicknesses for different products/purposes. In any event, the top layer of the hide is not weakened with full-grain leather. Aevias Leather Provides the leather products, manufactured with Genuine and high quality leather.

Hope that helps shed some light on an often misunderstood topic.