UNDERSTANDING LEATHER: A GUIDE

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Photo: Pexels

Are you trying to determine the quality of some custom leather goods and need help? Find out how in this short fashion guide!

 Leather is one of the most important fabrics within the fashion industry. It’s been used for thousands of boots and coats to create an aesthetic that pleases male and female customers. Custom leather goods have been made to help users design their own bags and accessories, letting everyone show their fashion designer within.


So keep reading to learn more about utilizing leather. Following these steps will help you create beautiful designs that will bring the envy of your friends.

HOW TO DETERMINE LEATHER QUALITY

Pretend that you can remove a piece of animal hide and look at it with a microscope. On the top layer, you should see the skin pores, hair follicles, scars, and the hair themselves. Placed directly beneath is thick woven tissue and dense fibers. Underneath that is another layer of fiber, which is has a lower density and is laid in a horizontal pattern.

Now, the majority of leather hides is made by special machines. Determining the leather quality depends on what happens in post-production (i.e., how it was skinned, what processed was used, etc.). Here are the common categories of what leather pieces are available:

FULL GRAIN

Full-grain is the best customer leather good quality you’ll find. It’s the hide’s top layer that’s not sanded. So you’ll still see some imperfections, scars, and pores. Also, full-grain leather is desirable because of its natural aroma, durability, or its ability to look like a patina after extended usage.

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TOP GRAIN

Top Grain leather shows the pelt’s top layer or the densely packed grain. However, these parts have been sanded down to prevent imperfections. Most Italians can’t describe the difference between a top grain and full leather. So there might be some confusion over which one is the best in Italy.

BONDED

Bonded leather comes from the results of the completion of other projects. Leather dust, excess pieces, and shavings – that’s been pressed together and shaved in a factory. This is due to the combination of different dyes, glues, and chemicals.

Warning: Bonded leather is spray painted to appear like natural leather grain. You can smell with your nose to determine if the leather is made of Superglue or an authentic cow.

Imitation

If you’re looking for high-quality leather, don’t get imitation leather. But, ecopelle might be a better solution if you don’t want to buy animal products.

HOW TO SELECT LEATHER

There are a few factors you need to consider when looking for your custom leather goods. View this table to find out. 

Feature

Explanation

Suppleness

The leather should feel supple, soft and smooth, not stiff.

Aroma

First, smell with your nose. It should smell natural and musky. Avoid any custom leather goods that smell like chemicals. Chemicals are used to cover up lower quality and treat the hides.

Color

The best leather will have a brown or tan appearance. Dyes in green or red, can mark for a low-quality leather. If there are unfinished edges, you should tell if the leather’s color penetrates through the hide or rests on the surface.

Stitching

The leather stitching needs to be regular and tight, with smaller stitches sewn together.

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ASHLEY GRAHAM, AMBER VALLETTA POSE IN JAMAICA FOR DAVID YURMAN FALL 2018 CAMPAIGN

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Amber Valletta stars in David Yurman fall-winter 2018 campaign
Amber Valletta stars in David Yurman fall-winter 2018 campaign

David Yurman heads to Oracabessa, Jamaica, for its fall-winter 2018 campaign starring some of today’s top faces. Amber Valletta, Ashley Graham, Anna Ewers and Joan Smalls appear in enchanting shots captured by Peter Lindbergh. “The campaign captures the beauty in everyday moments of life, evoking joy and a spirit of playfulness yet sophistication,” says Chief Creative Officer, Evan Yurman. Alex White works on styling for the shoot with Odile Gilbert on hair and makeup by Tom Pecheaux.

Related: Ashley Graham Strikes a Pose for Marina Rinaldi Fall 2018 Campaign

DAVID YURMAN FALL/WINTER 2018 CAMPAIGN

Joan Smalls stars in David Yurman fall-winter 2018 campaign
Joan Smalls stars in David Yurman fall-winter 2018 campaign
Ashley Graham stars in David Yurman fall-winter 2018 campaign
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Anna Ewers fronts David Yurman fall-winter 2018 campaign
Anna Ewers fronts David Yurman fall-winter 2018 campaign
Amber Valletta flashes a smile for David Yurman fall-winter 2018 campaign
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Peter Lindbergh photographs David Yurman fall-winter 2018 campaign
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David Yurman launches fall-winter 2018 campaign
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JOAN SMALLS TAKES A DIP IN THE POOL FOR HARPER’S BAZAAR GREEC

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Joan Smalls Takes a Dip in the Pool for Harper's Bazaar Greece

Joan Smalls flaunts her backside on the August 2018 cover of Harper’s Bazaar Greece. Photographed by Greg Swales, the Puerto Rican beauty wears printed pants from Versace. For the accompanying spread, Joan poses in sizzling looks for the warm weather season. Styled by Sandy Armeni, the Estee Lauder face wears labels like Emporio Armani, Alexander Wang and Dior.

Joan Smalls Takes a Dip in the Pool for Harper's Bazaar Greece

Joan Smalls Takes a Dip in the Pool for Harper's Bazaar Greece

Joan Smalls Takes a Dip in the Pool for Harper's Bazaar Greece

Joan Smalls Takes a Dip in the Pool for Harper's Bazaar Greece

Joan Smalls Takes a Dip in the Pool for Harper's Bazaar Greece

Joan Smalls Takes a Dip in the Pool for Harper's Bazaar Greece

Joan Smalls Takes a Dip in the Pool for Harper's Bazaar Greece

Joan Smalls Takes a Dip in the Pool for Harper's Bazaar Greece

Joan Smalls Takes a Dip in the Pool for Harper's Bazaar Greece

Joan Smalls Takes a Dip in the Pool for Harper's Bazaar Greece

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WEEK IN REVIEW | ELSA HOSK’S NEW COVER, EMILY RATAJKOWSKI IN DKNY, MILLA JOVOVICH FOR BALMAIN + MORE

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Elsa Hosk on ELLE Spain August 2018 Cover
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See the top stories from the first week in August.

Editorials:
Elsa Hosk Models Chic Fall Styles for ELLE Spain
Kaia Gerber Poses in Statement Fashions for Italian Vogue
Barbara Palvin Takes the Spotlight in Harper’s Bazaar Taiwan
Sasha Pivovarova Models the Autumn Collections for Numero Tokyo
Karolina Kurkova Wears Fashion Forward Styles in Harper’s Bazaar Turkey


Emily Ratajkowski for DKNY Intimates fall-winter 2018 campaign
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Campaigns/Lookbooks:
Emily Ratajkowski Sizzles in DKNY Intimates Fall 2018 Campaign
Kaia Gerber Leads Saint Laurent Palermo Summer Nights Campaign
Doutzen Kroes Gets Sporty in New Activewear Campaign
Georgia May Jagger & Suki Waterhouse Front Twinset Fall 2018 Campaign
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J’ADIOR ULTRA BLACK BAG

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Crazy about the J’Adior Bag? Waiting for the right moment to invest? There can’t be a better moment than this season. Because the J’Adior Ultra Black Bag is available for the Fall Winter 2018 Collection. We think it’s going to be a limited edition. Grab the chance to own this unique (and limited) piece.

The Design

The Ultra Black is comparable to the So Black edition of Chanel. It’s a rare style because it’s crafted in black matte leather. This J’Adior Bag is made from calfskin. The other thing to notice is the Ultra Black Hardware finishing. The combination of the Black matte calfskin with the Ultra Black hardware is why this bag is called the ‘Ultra Black’.

So what’s more?

Besides the leather, color and the hardware, the other parts of the bag remained the same. For example, the J’Adior is designed with slot handclasp where you can put your hand through and carry the bag as a clutch. And by the way, the sliding chain can be detached.

So the bag is multi-use – it can be carried as a clutch, on the shoulder or across the body.

The J’Adior Bag has become the house’ signature is a very short period of time. It’s now one of the most wanted handbags in high fashion.

The Interior


Inside the bag you will find two compartments with slot pockets. The bag holds shape and it’s strong and durable.

The Sizes And Prices

There are two sizes:

J’Adior Small Ultra Black Bag
Size: 18 x 13 x 5 cm
Prices:€2100 EUR, £1950 GBP, ₩3250000 WON

J’Adior Ultra Black Bag
Size: 25 x 16.5 x 6.5 cm
Prices: €2750 EUR, £2250 GBP, ₩4250000 WON

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EMILY RATAJKOWSKI SIZZLES IN DKNY INTIMATES FALL 2018 CAMPAIGN

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Related: Emily Ratajkowski Exudes Cool in DKNY’s Spring 2018 Campaign

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