UNDERSTANDING LEATHER: A GUIDE

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Are you trying to determine the quality of some custom leather goods and need help? Find out how in this short fashion guide!

 Leather is one of the most important fabrics within the fashion industry. It’s been used for thousands of boots and coats to create an aesthetic that pleases male and female customers. Custom leather goods have been made to help users design their own bags and accessories, letting everyone show their fashion designer within.


So keep reading to learn more about utilizing leather. Following these steps will help you create beautiful designs that will bring the envy of your friends.

HOW TO DETERMINE LEATHER QUALITY

Pretend that you can remove a piece of animal hide and look at it with a microscope. On the top layer, you should see the skin pores, hair follicles, scars, and the hair themselves. Placed directly beneath is thick woven tissue and dense fibers. Underneath that is another layer of fiber, which is has a lower density and is laid in a horizontal pattern.

Now, the majority of leather hides is made by special machines. Determining the leather quality depends on what happens in post-production (i.e., how it was skinned, what processed was used, etc.). Here are the common categories of what leather pieces are available:

FULL GRAIN

Full-grain is the best customer leather good quality you’ll find. It’s the hide’s top layer that’s not sanded. So you’ll still see some imperfections, scars, and pores. Also, full-grain leather is desirable because of its natural aroma, durability, or its ability to look like a patina after extended usage.

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TOP GRAIN

Top Grain leather shows the pelt’s top layer or the densely packed grain. However, these parts have been sanded down to prevent imperfections. Most Italians can’t describe the difference between a top grain and full leather. So there might be some confusion over which one is the best in Italy.

BONDED

Bonded leather comes from the results of the completion of other projects. Leather dust, excess pieces, and shavings – that’s been pressed together and shaved in a factory. This is due to the combination of different dyes, glues, and chemicals.

Warning: Bonded leather is spray painted to appear like natural leather grain. You can smell with your nose to determine if the leather is made of Superglue or an authentic cow.

Imitation

If you’re looking for high-quality leather, don’t get imitation leather. But, ecopelle might be a better solution if you don’t want to buy animal products.

HOW TO SELECT LEATHER

There are a few factors you need to consider when looking for your custom leather goods. View this table to find out. 

Feature

Explanation

Suppleness

The leather should feel supple, soft and smooth, not stiff.

Aroma

First, smell with your nose. It should smell natural and musky. Avoid any custom leather goods that smell like chemicals. Chemicals are used to cover up lower quality and treat the hides.

Color

The best leather will have a brown or tan appearance. Dyes in green or red, can mark for a low-quality leather. If there are unfinished edges, you should tell if the leather’s color penetrates through the hide or rests on the surface.

Stitching

The leather stitching needs to be regular and tight, with smaller stitches sewn together.

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ASHLEY GRAHAM, AMBER VALLETTA POSE IN JAMAICA FOR DAVID YURMAN FALL 2018 CAMPAIGN

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Amber Valletta stars in David Yurman fall-winter 2018 campaign
Amber Valletta stars in David Yurman fall-winter 2018 campaign

David Yurman heads to Oracabessa, Jamaica, for its fall-winter 2018 campaign starring some of today’s top faces. Amber Valletta, Ashley Graham, Anna Ewers and Joan Smalls appear in enchanting shots captured by Peter Lindbergh. “The campaign captures the beauty in everyday moments of life, evoking joy and a spirit of playfulness yet sophistication,” says Chief Creative Officer, Evan Yurman. Alex White works on styling for the shoot with Odile Gilbert on hair and makeup by Tom Pecheaux.

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DAVID YURMAN FALL/WINTER 2018 CAMPAIGN

Joan Smalls stars in David Yurman fall-winter 2018 campaign
Joan Smalls stars in David Yurman fall-winter 2018 campaign
Ashley Graham stars in David Yurman fall-winter 2018 campaign
Ashley Graham stars in David Yurman fall-winter 2018 campaign
Anna Ewers fronts David Yurman fall-winter 2018 campaign
Anna Ewers fronts David Yurman fall-winter 2018 campaign
Amber Valletta flashes a smile for David Yurman fall-winter 2018 campaign
Amber Valletta flashes a smile for David Yurman fall-winter 2018 campaign
Peter Lindbergh photographs David Yurman fall-winter 2018 campaign
Peter Lindbergh photographs David Yurman fall-winter 2018 campaign
David Yurman launches fall-winter 2018 campaign
David Yurman launches fall-winter 2018 campaign

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ZHENYA KATAVA BRINGS WESTERN STYLE TO THE CITY FOR GLAMOUR ITALY

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Zhenya Katava Brings Western Style to the City for Glamour Italy

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Zhenya Katava Brings Western Style to the City for Glamour Italy

Zhenya Katava Brings Western Style to the City for Glamour Italy

Zhenya Katava Brings Western Style to the City for Glamour Italy

Zhenya Katava Brings Western Style to the City for Glamour Italy

Zhenya Katava Brings Western Style to the City for Glamour Italy

Zhenya Katava Brings Western Style to the City for Glamour Italy

Zhenya Katava Brings Western Style to the City for Glamour Italy

Zhenya Katava Brings Western Style to the City for Glamour Italy

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FEI FEI SUN WEARS THE AUTUMN COLLECTIONS FOR ELLE CHINA

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Fei Fei Sun Wears the Autumn Collections for ELLE China

Fei Fei Sun shines on the September 2018 cover of ELLE China. The model wears an embellished dress from Givenchy in the Mei Yuan Gui lensed image. For the accompanying spread, Fei Fei models looks from the fall collections. Stylist Kidd Ji selects a mix of oversized coats, tailored dresses and chic jumpsuits for the Estee Lauder face to wear.

Fei Fei Sun Wears the Autumn Collections for ELLE China

Fei Fei Sun Wears the Autumn Collections for ELLE China

Fei Fei Sun Wears the Autumn Collections for ELLE China

Fei Fei Sun Wears the Autumn Collections for ELLE China

Fei Fei Sun Wears the Autumn Collections for ELLE China

Fei Fei Sun Wears the Autumn Collections for ELLE China

Fei Fei Sun Wears the Autumn Collections for ELLE China

Fei Fei Sun Wears the Autumn Collections for ELLE China

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AMELLEAH THOMAS WEARS CHANEL PRE-FALL IN HARPER’S BAZAAR INDONESIA

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Amelleah Thomas Wears Chanel Pre-Fall in Harper's Bazaar Indonesia

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Amelleah Thomas Wears Chanel Pre-Fall in Harper's Bazaar Indonesia

Amelleah Thomas Wears Chanel Pre-Fall in Harper's Bazaar Indonesia

Amelleah Thomas Wears Chanel Pre-Fall in Harper's Bazaar Indonesia

Amelleah Thomas Wears Chanel Pre-Fall in Harper's Bazaar Indonesia

Amelleah Thomas Wears Chanel Pre-Fall in Harper's Bazaar Indonesia

Amelleah Thomas Wears Chanel Pre-Fall in Harper's Bazaar Indonesia

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FROCK STARS: 5 PARTY DRESSES FROM & OTHER STORIES

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& Other Stories Tortoise O-Ring Wrap Midi Dress and Studded Strappy Stiletto Heels
& Other Stories Tortoise O-Ring Wrap Midi Dress and Studded Strappy Stiletto Heels

& Other Stories channels 1970’s disco style with the launch of its new trend guide. Called ‘Frock Stars’, the fashion shoot features models wearing vintage inspired dresses and separates. From the classic wrap dress to wide-leg pants and form-fitting bodysuits, these pieces will easily fit into your new season wardrobe. Paired with strappy sandals and statement necklaces, up your style game with & Other Stories.

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& OTHER STORIES ‘FROCK STARS’ LOOKBOOK

& Other Stories Curved Hem Midi Wrap Dress, Studded Strappy Stiletto Heels and Small Suede Fold Over Bag
& Other Stories Curved Hem Midi Wrap DressStudded Strappy Stiletto Heels and Small Suede Fold Over Bag
& Other Stories Twist Knot Midi Dress and Studded Waist Belt
& Other Stories Twist Knot Midi Dress and Studded Waist Belt
(Left) & Other Stories Curved Hem Midi Wrap Dress (Right) & Other Stories Plunging Crinkle Swimsuit, Tapered Linen Blend Trousers and Voluminous Hairband
(Left) & Other Stories Curved Hem Midi Wrap Dress (Right) & Other Stories Plunging Crinkle SwimsuitTapered Linen Blend Trousers and Voluminous Hairband
(Left) & Other Stories Twist Knot Midi Dress and Studded Waist Belt (Middle) & Other Stories Striped Scoop Bodysuit and High Waisted Belted Trousers (Right) & Other Stories Tortoise O-Ring Wrap Midi Dress
(Left) & Other Stories Twist Knot Midi Dress and Studded Waist Belt (Middle) & Other Stories Striped Scoop Bodysuit and High Waisted Belted Trousers (Right) & Other Stories Tortoise O-Ring Wrap Midi Dress

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