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Throwback Tuesdays: Material

March 23, 2010

Leather have been used as a fashion statement since the beginning of time, the cavemen wore it to hide the privates, the children and to keep them warm over all even back then it was viewed as a fashion statement because who had the most, was certain considered a “baller” from caveman standards. Fast forward to the future leather goods are as prevalent in everyday use as water, milk and soap, the majority of us see leather as a one dimensional item solely being use for either clothing or furniture, we’ve missed the mark on that note because there’s so much bore to leather than meets the eye.

In all actuality there happens to be more than 15+ known types of leather, we dont want to bore you with to much reading material, bellow for those who wish to know more info is presented to you. As for the rest us us my fondest leather memory in fashion has got to be the leather jean pants, the ones with leather on the front and jean on the backside. Those where so cool to me and came in all colors for us girls having every pair was so cool back in the day.

Types of leather

In general, leather is sold in four forms

Full-grain, Top-grain, Corrected-grain and Split

Other less-common leathers include:

Buckskin or brained leather is a tanning process that uses animal brains or other fatty materials to alter the leather. The resulting supple, suede-like hide is usually smoked heavily to prevent it from rotting.

  • Patent leather is leather that has been given a high-gloss finish. The original process was developed in Newark, New Jersey, by inventor Seth Boyden in 1818. Patent leather usually has a plastic coating.
  • Shagreen is also known as stingray skin/leather. Applications used in furniture production date as far back as the art deco period. The word “shagreen” originates from France and is commonly confused with a shark skin and stingray skin combination.

  • Vachetta leather is used in the trimmings of luggage and handbags, popularized by Louis Vuitton. The leather is left untreated and is therefore susceptible to water and stains. Sunlight will cause the natural leather to darken in shade, called a patina.
  • Slink is leather made from the skin of unborn calves. It is particularly soft, and is valued for use in making gloves.
  • Deerskin is one of the toughest leathers, partially due to adaptations to their thorny and thicket filled habitats. Deerskin has been prized in many societies including indigenous Americans.

  • Nubuck is top-grain cattle hide leather that has been sanded or buffed on the grain side, or outside, to give a slight nap of short protein fibers, producing a velvet-like surface.
  • Nappa leather, or Napa leather, is chrome-tanned and is extremely soft and supple and is commonly found in higher quality wallets, toiletries kits, and other personal leather goods.

    Bonded leather and Bycast_leather

    ok class thats your Tuesday lesson in leather 101 with you desire to seek more info on leather and its large variety base feel free to, leather has a great feel, smell, texture and over all usage.

    whats your favorite leather item clothing or other?

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    5 Comments leave one →
    1. April 1, 2010 10:37 pm

      Yes leather pants are the bomb, loved seeing alot videos and tv of the people in the 80 late and early 90’s rocking those pants.

      thats a classic look, leather has been around forever

    2. ialeks permalink
      April 1, 2010 9:36 pm

      leather pants! agree

    3. March 30, 2010 8:01 am

      hey partner and friend. i luv leather..leather is one of my best friends…and the way this weather is in NY..i just pulled one of my friends out the closet this morning!lol
      but you know what i think they should bring back in style….the leather pants. i had a pair of farmer cut leather pants back in the days that i used to rock with these leather timbs…..that was most def my favorite outfit.
      but yes, (pardon my language)leather is the shizzit!

    4. March 30, 2010 12:41 am

      Your welcome, was just telling on of the fellas earlier that nobody liked my post lol, well guess the girl was wrong. Leather is one of my all time favorites the smell…the look and feel of it….nothing beats it.
      Thanks for coming to check it out and yes get yourself some leather it never goes out of style…skirts, jackets, pants and hats. Love to dress it up too, maybe a silk blouse, mid-thigh leather skirt, leather vest and knee high boots…now thats style’n 😉

      leather just makes you feel better!

    5. March 29, 2010 11:02 pm

      Wow thank you for educating me. I didn’t know about all these types of leather. I just buy on the random it and wear whenever I want to feel chick. I’m so not fashion savvy but I like to dress up. 🙂

      I still don’t know which one is my type but I surely don’t like Buckskin now that I know what it is made of. Too back I won’t be able to spot it lol! I love leather pants and I just realized I don’t own one. Time to update my shopping list!

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