What are the Defin­ing char­ac­ter­is­tics of all the Dif­fer­ent leather types out there?

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leather is most of­ten cat­e­go­rized by qual­ity and man­u­fac­tur­ing meth­ods. First in this lineup is “gen­uine leather,” which is ac­tu­ally the low­est qual­ity level for prod­ucts made of real leather. A step up to the mid-qual­ity range is “top-grain leather,” which is of­ten seen in small leather goods pro­duced by fa­mous de­signer brands. At the top of the leather game, we have “full-grain leather” which is not only durable but also gets bet­ter with age. Any­thing else—bonded, patent and cor­rected grain leather—are best avoided.

the char­ac­ter­is­tics of any piece of leather are, of course, also de­ter­mined by where or which an­i­mal it came from. in short: • Cat­tle: the most com­mon and eco­nom­i­cal op­tion that’s highly durable • Buf­falo: thick but sur­pris­ingly soft and eas­ily shaped into just about any­thing • Lamb: smooth, silky and fit for the finest menswear pieces • Fish (e.g., salmon): comes with unique pat­terns in a wide va­ri­ety of col­ors • Snake: thin and flex­i­ble al­beit not very strong • Deer­skin: sup­ple and soft, mak­ing it per­fect for ac­ces­sories like gloves • Crocodile and al­li­ga­tor: rare and, there­fore, ex­pen­sive • Os­trich: in­cred­i­bly unique with bumps where the bird’s feath­ers used to fit

Her­mès Canali Mario Mi­nardi

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