Types of leather


No other fabric can compare with the unique textures, rich colours, strength or smell of real leather and with all the different sizes, weights, types and prices.  The joy of working with real leather is all in the longevity of the finished projects, garments and accessories that last well beyond the years of any other fabric or fibre.

Bridle - firm rich coloured leather with just enough oils to withstand weather.  A great feeling leather which can be oiled for darker hues.  Vegetable tanned.  Great for: belts, straps, fine pet collars, leashes

Chrome oil tanned - beautiful, durable leather which has just the right amount of oil for a soft, supple feel.  Chrome tanned.  Great for: bags and cases

Latigo - Latigo leather is combination tanned to make it rigid but very pliable and great to use on products in which strength and flexibility are needed.  Chrome veg retanned.  Great for: tack, straps, belts, pet collars, leashes

Natural vegetable tanned leather - the perfect leather for tooling, embossing, moulding, dyeing and oiling.  Uniformly absorbs dyes and oils.  Dries to a firm and long lasting shape.  Vegetable tanned.  Great for: belts, straps, bags, wallets

Pull-up leather - this can also be known as waxy or oily pull-up.  This is a leather that has been treated with an aniline dye, natural based oils and/or waxes.  The dye slightly darkens the leather but it 'pulls-up' the slightly lighter colour from underneath when stretched or pulled during use.  This gives a popular and unique worn-in look over time

Suede - finished by buffing the flesh side of the hide to produce a 'nap'.  Chrome tanned.  Great for: bags, garments and accessories

Oiled leather is very popular.  Whilst this type of leather can be quite expensive it is also extremely durable and easy to maintain.  By following these steps you can keep your oiled leather items looking their best and ensure that they give you many years of use.


  1. You will need a damp cloth, a mild soap and some leather moisturiser.

  2. Use a dampened finger to rub out scratches.

  3. Clean oiled leather with a damp cloth.  You can use a mild soap if necessary.

  4. Moisturise and weatherproof the oiled leather using a beeswax or lanolin based leather moisturiser.

  5. Allow your oiled leather to air dry.  Any attempt to speed up the drying process will make the leather stiff.

  6. Remember, the more you expose your oiled leather to the elements, the more maintenance it will require.  Try to keep to a weekly cleaning and weatherproofing routine if possible

If you have any questions on the care of your leather product, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

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