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Forget the days when men used to complain women of having bags in abundance, running no space in their closets. Since then, the world is just upside down, and when it comes to leather, men do fascinate the most.
Leather contributes a lot in enhancing the sartorial tastes of a man, but the question arises, what makes a leather bag worth a man and his blinded faith in it! Men who are fond of leather bags carry a vast knowledge on the taste and experience of using the perfectly perfect stowing agent and swerving it according to style, sceneries, vehicles they top, and company they choose. If you are new in the kingdom, and would like to make a journey towards the throne, we will get you there in the next five minutes !
Beginning with the very basic, your leather depends on which animal it comes from, which area of the hide is taken , how thick the layers of the hide is, and also how much tanning it has gone through. So let’s see what comprise the top 6 criteria for these men to have trusted a brand like us for years now.
Of Course, the leather itself-
You may go for a messenger bag, a backpack, a laptop bag, a wallet or a duffle, depending on your purpose you may choose the skin, and trust me each animal skin looks entirely different from the other.
Coming to animal skin, we may first begin with small leather goods like your wallet, your key ring, your lighter or cigar case, which will require soft skin and are usually made from cow, goat or sheep skin. Next comes Medium Leather which comprise your laptop case, or your Notebook cover, or may be a small briefcase, classy and exquisite at the same time. Here you might like to go for medium skin of cow, calf, goat or sheep. Heavy leather goods like a luggage bag, or may be your gym carrier, or a casual duffle will require heavy cow and buffalo skin. Other very brawny pieces you can pick anytime would be crocodile skin, ostrich skin or deer skin.
And now, the leather kind-
Real Leather is all about imperfection. One that tops the list is Full Grain, coming from the top layer of the skin. Your animal may have gone through a lot of hardships all its life and each scar, mark or bite will be clearly visible on the skin. Genuine lovers of leather will pick this kind at one single go, also for another reason. It will age gracefully with its owner. With time, full grain leather deepens its blemishes and imperfection through a soft sheen at some place, darkening at the other, while a honey glaze at the other parts. This is called a patina, which like real wood is a symbol of weathering and aging through a real process. A surface treated chrome-dyed leather will hardly ever develop anything like a patina. You can also see a beautiful patina on a pull-up leather surface
Next comes the Top Grain Leather. This is the most used and preferred leather by many, since as it is, it looks perfect too. The top grain imperfections of organic skin are removed and smoothed through
sanding and buffing, so it may weaken the skin a bit or may lose that natural character, but at the end you are getting something which looks entirely uniform and perfect.
Suede Leather. You have probably come across this term to understand more of velvet, how it plays a role in leather? Nowadays, with increasing brand awareness and call for a style statement, designers prefer using the underside of the skin to get that flossy, down-covered feel on your wallet and shoes.
Next in your checklist is the Bonded Leather or Faux Leather. This is a much cheaper version of a real leather product. The leftovers and scrap remains after production are combined with polyurethane at particular ratios to create a weaker leather backing and a more-leather-imitating plastic film on top which tends to peel off just within few days of usage. However, if you don’t mind taking a chance and your wallet is running low, this can fill your bucket temporarily.
Pull up or Distressed Leather is something of which you might have heard less, but in case you like to experiment with a broad spectrum of look and feel in what you hold, then you surely will choose this department. Leather is paraffin and wax treated to give the leather, more vivid or matte looks, with more variations, and signs of stretching, folding, aging and a clear patina developing on top with time.
And a major factor, The Tanning
This is again something you need to know and understand at your best.
Depending on your leather type and purpose, you will perhaps want to decide how your leather is tanned. Chrome tanning is the shorter, quicker way which often takes only a day and offers you something a lot cheaper. Limed to remove the hair, and ‘pickled’ in chromium sulfate or acid salts or even other chemicals used at times, this is not so environment friendly and can often smell of chemicals.
Whereas, Vegetable Tanning takes upto 60 days, is hand-crafted and highly labor intensive process that is 100% pure organic, can be recycled and develops a beautiful patina your friends will admire. This kind of tanning uses the natural tannins like Tarapods, Gallnuts, Oak woods etc. in powder or liquid form. They are first rehydared for a couple of days, then cut into smaller hides and soaked in these natural liquor for longer period after which they are dried by drawing out excess moisture. They are dyed and hot stuffed with rich colors.
WHAT YOU WILL FIND AT OUR STORE
While most online stores offer a complete range with customers often perplexed between value, price, quality and some among the ‘mixed-bag’ products, we believe in showing you the difference. We have successfully made rich original leather highly affordable and reachable to all our customers without cutting off on your other costs, or compromising the quality even by less than a percent.
Now what you do with a 100% genuine leather, that cost you a fortune and you aren’t able to carry it along because people complain that it stinks. So here, after 3-4 times of usage you are left with no other
options but to scrap it altogether. We bring you a perfectly tanned leather that you may trust blindfolded and may continue with for years.