In this post we will explain the different types of leathers we offer.
All the leathers we use are full grain leather, top quality! We do not treat our leathers.
If you aren’t sure yet which leathers to choose for your VDS Planner, you can always order our leather samples first.
Leather skins come from cattle that live in the open air and under various conditions. So the leather is subject to all kinds of natural defects like neck pleats, traces of veins etc. These cannot be avoided in the tanning process. Of course we try to avoid natural marks in the selection process so we get the best result for your finished product. But keep in mind that it is a natural product which actually gives it its charm! 🙂
All the hides we use for our leathers are sourced from animals that are used for the food industry.
In this video Petra also discusses the different characteristics of the VDS stock leathers:
A firm, smooth surface with some neck-grains and medium-shiny leather. All the leathers you can find on our webshop that start with number #18 are Italian leathers. They are full-grain finished leathers and are easy to keep clean. These leathers are hand dyed, which gives the leather different colour shades. The leather is made from the neck and front legs of the cow (also called avancorpi) which gives the hide a beautiful natural grain.
Nappa is a soft and supple full-grain cow hide leather. Leather 6208 Cuoio is a NAPPA leather that is also known as naked leather. There is no finish on this leather. It has a two tone effect on the hide. It is more natural looking, but please note that it is more sensitive to water and dirt.
The other NAPPA leathers do have a finish and the skins are always in a more overall equal colour (no two-tone effect). The finish means it is easier to clean and makes them more durable.
Thick, firm, natural grain, smooth and pebbly parts, delicious smell, rich leather. These full-grain cow hide leathers from Tuscany, Italy cost 10% more than all the others due to the special tanning process that is applied to them. In this video you can find more information about these leathers.
The original Janet leather is the brown one with number #104. This leather is sensitive to water and dirt since it does not have any finish, just an open structure. Therefore you have to love leather that will change and get a patina look as well.
We also have 5 other colours. These leathers can be found in the webshop under the numbers #105 to #109. They are less sensitive to water and dirt. JL Dark Brown is also part of this leather family, but it is a waiting list leather so we don’t have it in stock.
* JL #110 undyed. This leather is very sensitive to everything you can think of and the color will change over time.
* JL #111 Velvet Sand has a nice and soft nubuck finish. It is also more sensitive due to this type of finish.
Touch Me leather:
Touch Me leathers all start with ‘TM’ in their name. This leather is made with beautiful and durable full-grain buffalo leather from France. Next to our Custom Made Collection, we also offer these leathers in our ‘Touch Me‘ ready-made collection.
Print leathers are leathers like Croco and Ostrich. They are full-grain cow leathers with a Croco or Ostrich print. They’re all very durable and easy to clean.
(We offer Real Ostrich and Croco on special request. For more information on Real Ostrich, click here. For Real Croco you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Velvet Croco Leather: The latest additions to our stock leather collection are Sakura Croco, Stardust Croco and Tiffany Croco.
They are full-grain cow leathers with a croco print. They have a two-tone color effect and soft matte nubuck finish.