This post is going to be a little different from my standard descriptions of leather and leather qualities; it's post is intended to explain why some of my wallets and other items are substantially cheaper than other real leather products made in USA. This will be my ready-made response for the 2-3 emails a year… Continue reading Pricing: Are you for real?
You've probably seen them around, articles that talk about the 4 grades or tiers of leather; from best to worst: Full Grain, Top Grain, Genuine and Bonded. You'll find them on fashion major blogs, in one of the most repeated Reddit TIL posts of all time, and in general comments whenever someone asks a… Continue reading The “Grades of Leather” hierarchy you’ve probably read about is a Myth
If you're like most people, when you hear the words "vegetable tanned leather", a specific picture pops into your mind (unless you're like the confused/disappointed people who call me every couple months who read "veg-tan leather" as "vegan leather"). Most people I talk to, even many who work with leather, think that veg-tan is that… Continue reading Vegetable Tanned Leather: Much more variety than you think.
Easy... From cows. The end.... Actually this is one of my most frequently asked questions...but the answer isn't always simple because it depends greatly on who's asking and why. Sometimes the question is from someone wants to get into leathercraft so they know where to buy. Sometimes they want… Continue reading Hey man! Where do you get your leather?
I must confess that every time I go into a department store or discount store like Ross or TJ Maxx, I take a look at the wallets, just to see what else is out there. Since I was born into this business, I've never carried a wallet that my dad or I didn't make… Continue reading Recognizing Quality Construction in Leather Goods
As I started to research this post I realized, that as far as the internet is concerned, "top grain leather" was a term without many and sometimes contradictory definitions. I looked through at least ten "leather glossaries" from reputable sites and found that many lists of "leather terms" define top grain as leather that… Continue reading Top Grain Leather: Full Grain’s under-rated and misunderstood little brother