Types of Leather
Page Thirty proudly sources the following types of high quality leather:
Sheepskin is considered the softest type of leather, so it only makes sense that lambskin is the softest type of sheepskin. We frequently use Italian lambskin, which is considered the most luxurious leather due to its smooth and buttery texture. While it can require more care, it is the most aesthetically appealing, and therefore most desirable and expensive.
Cowhide is the strongest type of leather, with calfskin as its softest variation. It is primarily used for its durability, such as with motorcycle jackets, and is a popular choice for men’s outerwear. Calfskin takes more time to soften and break in, but is the least sensitive to the elements.
We use both LAMBSKIN and CALFSKIN suede, which are soft and delicate leathers taken from the underside of an animal hide. While it is more prone to staining and damage, it is a luxury item and status symbol that designers throughout history have chosen for its fluid and beautiful style.
Leather Garment Care
The below information can help extend the life of your leather garments, however, it is important to remember that the true nature of leather is to be imperfect. Color variations and wrinkles are common in new and used products, and slight stretching and a unique patina can form over time. These are all characteristics of leather that make it timeless and perfectly yours.
SKIN OR SUEDE.
Knowing the type of leather used for your garment is the first step in caring for it. Check product descriptions before doing any treatment.
RAIN OR SNOW.
Prepare your leather garments for encounters with Mother Nature. Pre-treating with a waterproof leather spray provides some protection (try Kiwi Suede Protector or Kiwi Rain and Stain Protector). If your garment gets a little wet, properly hang it and air dry naturally.
If you spill liquid on your garment, blot with a clean cloth. Do not rub the liquid into the leather.
We recommend taking leather garments to a leather specialist to be professionally cleaned. If spot cleaning leather garments at home, lightly wipe the area with a clean, damp cloth. If spot cleaning suede garments, use a gentle suede brush.
Leather specialists can revitalize the look of your garments with a satin layer ironing process.
Hang garments to loosen light wrinkles. Deep-set wrinkles should be professionally ironed by a leather specialist.
Use breathable garment bags and the right type of hanger (e.g. wide shoulder hanger) to maintain proper shape.
THINGS TO AVOID.
- Never dry leather garments in a dryer.
- Never leave leather in the sun as this can cause fading.
- Do not store in plastic garment bags long term as this can cause leather to dry out and crack.
- Do not store leather near mothballs or pesticides.
- Though commonly used for suede shoes, do not use mink oil on our products due to permanent staining.
- We do not recommend leather conditioner or polish.