I’ve started this blog with the idea of creating some quality information about leather, as I found that most of the information on the internet is wildly inaccurate and heavily contaminated with leather terms, that have been oversimplified into nothing more than marketing buzzwords:   Genuine Leather, Full Grain Leather, Top Grain as well as Chrome and Veg-tan, have all been described in starkly different ways depending on who’s talking and the product they’re selling.

Although I’ve worked at this leather company my entire life, I’m going to try to get some “less biased” and more accurate info out on the net.

I will be using pictures of lots of my own products and my shop here, but I’m trying to keep things as “objective”  and I can and stay away from typical the “marketing spin”  seems to want to sell more than educate.

If you checkout the posts you’ll start to notice a theme that can be summed up as, in a borrowed quote:  “That word does not mean what you think it means”...as in everything you’ve read before about Genuine, Top Grain, Full Grain, Veg tan, Chrome tan, etc does have a grain of truth, but has been waaaaay been over-simplified by most online sources, to the point of losing the meaning of the terms.


North Star Leather is the company I work for.   Here’s a bit of our history:


North Star Leather began its history in 1969 in Boston. Our founder and Owner Stephen M. Batson discovered the joy of hand crafted leather. From street vending there in Boston, he moved south to a small town called Ruby, SC. Our product line has increased to over 150 products.   We have about 17 employees, some of us are family and others have worked here so long, that they feel like family.   We’re happy to be able to make a living doing something we enjoy, while at the same time providing a few jobs here in the USA.

Back in 2002 I started working with my Dad (pictured above) here and we’ve grown more some since then,  though if you’ve never heard of us, we’re not surprised, in fact, 90% of our business is from wholesale and white-label (products for other companies), because of this we don’t do much “branding” or promotion of our own line.  That being said, we do sell our products retail from our website and try to offer quality products at a fair price.

Feel free to comment or message me on this blog, I’m happy to give further explanations or answer any questions.

You can find our retail site at www.nstarleather.com