The Differences Between Full Grain Leather and Top Grain Leather
The Three Main Difference
Quality; Full grain leather is the highest quality grade of leather money can buy. It includes all the natural grain and is much more difficult to work with. This is the reflection in the cost. Top grain leather is thinner and more workable for the manufacture.
Durabilty; The natural surface of full grain leather is unique. It is extremely strong and durable as the natural grain contains the strongest fibers in the hide. Top grain leather is imprinted with a imitation grain to give it a more uniform look. By sanding off the natural grain, they’ve sanded off the strongest fibers in the hide.
Aging; As a full grain leather ages, rather than wear out, it burnishes and beautifies, developing unique character that cannot be easily duplicated. The more you use it the better it looks and feels. The difference in top grain leather is a finish coat applied that provides protection against stains that would otherwise sink right into full grain leather. However, the refinishing process of top grain leather greatly reduces the leather’s breathability, and also prevents the leather from developing a natural patina over time.
The Different Types of Leathers
- Full-grain refers to the untouched top layer of the leather hide. The hair on the surface is removed, but the surface remains intact, with no flaws, marks or scratches.
- Top-grain is a leather surface that has been sanded to smoothen the hide. The uppermost layer requires some form of treatment to remove imperfections.
- Smooth-grain is achieved by removing hair from the uppermost layer of a hide.
- Corrected-grain refers to a leather surface that has an artificial grain applied to it.
- Split leather refers to the fibrous part of the hide that remains after the top-grain has been separated from the hide.
Solid brass is one of the best material to make buckles, snaps, slides and D-rings. Several companies make steel hardware and plate it with brass, that's not what we use. We use solid brass on all of our bags to ensure longevity. You can test to see if your hardware is brass by holding a magnet to it. If it sticks to your hardware, it is not solid brass.
We use G2 Zippers
You can distinguish a G2 zipper by the smooth gliding action and the G2 imprint on the back of the zipper slider. The teeth and the glide of the zippers are carefully made and the best materials are used.
Handcrafted in Leon, Mexico
Leon is located in the state of Guanajuato and is the fifth largest city in Mexico. The city is a colonial town rich in culture and history and it is part of the region of Bajío.
This colonial city became known as the “Shoe Capital of the World”, due to its large production of quality leather goods and shoes for national and international markets.
Attention to detail and technical expertise is evident in every stitch, cut and seam. Our team of highly skilled leather craftsmen with generations of experience pride themselves in each leather bag they produce.