Leather is one of the most beautiful natural materials and
man’s love affair with leather has continued through the ages. Leather
connoisseurs are fascinated with leather and take pride in owning high quality
leather goods. However, if you are new to the world of leather, buying leather
goods can feel like tossing a coin. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose.
This leather lends itself very well to high quality craftsmanship. All high quality handmade leather goods are made with full grain leather.
Split leather may be cheaper than full grain leather and top grain leather but it usually does not last beyond 1–3 years of daily use, especially since a very thin layer of leather is used on most products. Peeling and cracking are common problems.
There are plenty of different types of leather and different uses they are best suitable for. Top grain, corrected grain, genuine leather, nubuck, and suede are all different splits from hides used to make different quality and textured leather, but when it comes to bags, full-grain is the ultimate choice.
Noted for its strength and durability, full-grain leather is the highest quality and most desired leather; it is split from the thickest and most outer part of the hide, which gives it its resilience. It comes from just below the hair and has not been sanded; buffed or snuffed (as opposed to corrected grain) which means it displays the more natural characteristics of leather. A much-desired attribute of full grain leather is that it forms a patina over time with use.