Understanding Lambskin Leather Handbags

Understanding Lambskin Leather Handbags

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Lambskin Leather: Dig Deeper– This is light, creamy, soft leather made from the hide of baby sheep. It’s also delicate and fragile, which makes it difficult to maintain. Traditionally used for the making of fine gloves, recently, lambskin is becoming more popular in high-end designer handbags. Lambskin leather handbags are extremely soft and gentle to the touch. They have a creamy elegance that few materials can match. Unfortunately, this beauty comes at a price. Lambskin is a fragile material that can be easily scratched, torn and stained if not cared for properly. Understanding lambskin leather handbags: Lambskin leather comes from the hides of young sheep. The skins from hair lamb produce the highest quality leather. This is because the numerous fine wool fibers, as compared to the lesser number of…
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Understanding Calfskin Leather Handbags

Understanding Calfskin Leather Handbags

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Calfskin Leather: Dig Deeper– Calfskin leather is made from the hide of baby cattle, generally no older than 3-4 weeks. Calfskin has a soft, smooth texture which makes it desirable for making fine handbags. Calfskin leather is considerably more expensive than cowhide leather. Understanding calfskin leather handbags: After skinning, the calfskin hide is vegetable-tanned into a very soft leather. Then it’s treated with a high-polish finish that gives it an elastic texture. Finally, the calfskin leather is dried on plate glass, which is a delicate process that changes the material’s molecular structure to resist aging. When shopping for calfskin leather handbags, take a close look at the material. The leather should be smooth and uniform, with no discolorations or blemishes. Calfskin is one of the softest cowhide leathers available, so…
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Understanding Glazed Leather Bags

Understanding Glazed Leather Bags

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Glazed Leather: Dig Deeper– Glazed leather has a polished finish but not quite as high gloss as patent leather. This glossy finish is a strong protectant against natural elements and abrasive cleaning chemicals. Glazed leather handbags have a unique shine due to the intense finishing process that it goes through. The result is a rather rigid product that has a strong armor of glazed varnish that protects it from damage and the elements. Understanding glazed leather bags: Most glazed leather purses are made from cowhide leather. Processing is the same as regular cowhide until the finishing stage. In most good quality glazed leathers, the hides are usually aniline dyed before the glazed surface is applied. The beautiful polished surface is achieved by polishing it with high heat pressure rollers usually…
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Understanding Patent Leather Handbags

Understanding Patent Leather Handbags

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Patent Leather: Dig Deeper– Patent leather is another type of finish. Typically, it’s slightly stiffer and thicker than most leathers, with a high-gloss shine. The shine is achieved by adding multiple coats or varnishes, oils, and synthetic resins. Patent leather handbags are usually made from a vegetable tanned cowhide leather that has been finished with chemicals that give it a shiny, reflective surface. Most stages of the preparation of patent leather are the same as for other conventional leathers. However, in the final finishing stage, it’s laminated with an acrylic coating to give it its characteristic glossiness. Understanding patent leather handbags: One common method is to use a machine called a flow coater. Workers load a tank above a conveyor belt with the liquid polyurethane/acrylic gel. The hides pass beneath…
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Understanding Embossed Leather Handbags

Understanding Embossed Leather Handbags

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Embossed Leather: Dig Deeper– Embossed leather isn’t leather at all. It’s a type of finish. Embossing means to imprint patterns onto the leather using pressure. It can be either stamped into the leather, or pressed out of it for a raised imprint. Embossed leather handbags can be made out of practically any type of vegetable tanned leather, although they’re primarily made from cowhide. They have a distinct pattern that has been either stamped into, or raised out of the host leather. Understanding embossed leather handbags: The cowhide is processed the same as usual until it reaches the finishing stage. In the finishing stage, the cowhide gets heat-stamped using a high-pressure machine that creates an imitation pattern of such things as alligator, crocodile, alpha-numeric combinations and geometric shapes to name a…
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Understanding Suede Leather Handbags

Understanding Suede Leather Handbags

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Suede Leather : Dig Deeper- A treatment applied to the interior split layer of cowhide, its buffed and brushed to produce a napped, velvet-like finish. Genuine suede has a wonderful drape. Because it comes from the thinner split layer of the cowhide, suede is more fragile than its counterpart nubuck, which is made from the more durable top grain layer. Suede leather handbags have a rustic look and are very soft and gentle to the touch. Suede is a casual style of purse ideal for a Sunday trip to the mall or for grocery shopping in a soft Nike jump suit. Understanding suede leather handbags: Suede is very similar to Nubuck in both texture and appearance, but there are some big differences. Both are napped leathers, meaning they were sanded…
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Understanding Nubuck Leather Handbags

Understanding Nubuck Leather Handbags

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Nubuck Leather : Dig Deeper- This is a top-grain cattle hide that has been sanded or buffed on the grain side, or outside, to give it a slight nap of short protein fibers, producing a velvet-like surface. Sometimes confused with suede, they are both similar in appearance, but there are some distinct differences. Nubuck leather handbags are soft and gentle with a furry texture, also referred to as a nap. When the nap is brushed one way, it’s lighter than when brushed the other way. Understanding nubuck leather handbags: Nubuck leather is made from top grain or full grain cowhide that is sanded down until the nap forms. The fact that it’s made from the top grain part of the cowhide makes it a strong and durable leather that can…
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Understanding Nappa Leather Handbags

Understanding Nappa Leather Handbags

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Nappa Leather: Dig Deeper- This leather generally comes from calfskin and is chrome-tanned with a gentle and supple texture. It's the softest of the cowhide leathers. It’s commonly found in purses, wallets and gloves. Nappa leather handbags are noted for their softness and durability. It’s a full-grain leather made from unsplit calfskin or lambskin hides and is commonly used in the making of fashion accessories such as purses, wallets and gloves. Understanding nappa leather handbags: Nappa is an aniline top grain cowhide leather, therefore, the skinning and fleshing process is the same. Where nappa leather differs, and gets its characteristic softness, is in the tanning stage of processing. The tanning process involves chromium salts or aluminum sulfate. It goes through several applications until the hide is thoroughly saturated. During the…
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Understanding Buckskin Leather Handbags

Understanding Buckskin Leather Handbags

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Buckskin Leather: Dig Deeper- Buckskin leather is a hide that comes from male deer, elk or moose. The tanning process uses animal brains or other natural fatty elements to alter the leather. The resulting supple, suede-like hide is usually smoked heavily to prevent it from rotting. It’s tough, durable and cannot be mass produced. Buckskin leather handbags are soft and pliable accessories that come from the hides of male deer, moose or elk. The hides are quite porous, tough, durable and tear-resistant, however they do require a certain degree of care and understanding. A good place to start is getting a solid knowledge base about what is buckskin leather. Understanding buckskin leather handbags: The fleshing or skinning of the animal must be completed with care. Any cuts or nicks in…
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Understanding Vachetta Leather Handbags

Understanding Vachetta Leather Handbags

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Vachetta Leather: Dig Deeper- This type of leather is untreated and commonly used in the trimmings of luggage and handbags, popularized by designer Louis Vuitton. Since this leather is untreated, it’s therefore susceptible to water and stains. It’s highly problematic to maintain. Sunlight will cause the natural leather to darken in shade, called a “patina.” This effect is a beautiful development that makes vachetta leather such a unique and desirable material. Vachetta leather handbags are the most beautiful and the most problematic of all conventional leathers. Vachetta is premium cowhide leather used by the #top brands, and usually only in their most prestigious collections. It has a buttery soft appearance that just melts against your skin. The vachetta story is a simple case of paying the price for having something…
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