Full grain leather is the highest quality grade of leather available. It comes from the top layer of the hide and includes all of the natural grain.
The natural surface of full grain leather is unique - it tells a story and reveals natural imperfections, marks, and even light brands in the surface. Full grain leather is extremely strong and durable, as the natural grain contains the strongest fibers in the hide. While strong and durable, full grain leather remains extremely breathable, resulting in less moisture from prolonged contact.
If uniform is what you’re looking for, then this leather is not for you and you’re in luck with top grain or lower quality leather. The natural grain from the top surface of top grain leather is sanded away, which removes imperfections and blemishes. After sanding away the natural grain, top grain leather is imprinted with an imitation grain to give it a more uniform look. The downside is, by sanding off the natural grain, they’ve sanded off the strongest fibers in the hide.
• Is my new leather already conditioned?
The majority of our leather items are full grain leather and will not need to be conditioned for six months to a year.
•Why are there markings on my leather?
Because leather is a natural material, there may be some of Nature's Beauty marks left on the hide from the cow's life. Things like bug bites, fence scrapes, or stretch marks are on all hides to some degree. These marks simply make leather all the more beautiful.
•Can I use my bag in the rain?
While we do not recommend you carrying your bag in heavy rain, a light sprinkle won't affect the looks of your bag. Just be sure to pat it dry when you get inside for precautionary measures.
PROTECTING YOUR LEATHER
1. Your leather product is made from Full-Grain, Oil-Tanned American Cowhide. The leather has been oiled and conditioned imbuing it with natural water repelling properties. With use, your product will condition itself from the inside out, developing a beautiful patina and unique character over time.
2. The tanning process has already treated your leather product and most scratches & scuffs accrued in the first few months of use will easily rub out or disappear with time. Seriously, it will amaze you! DO NOT use conditioner for the first 6 months to a year.
3. After many months (or years) of use, the natural oils in the leather will begin to dry. Now is the time to use a leather conditioner! Always test any conditioner on a small, inconspicuous part of your leather item. Please note that conditioning with oil or an oil based product will darken the color of your leather, so proceed with caution.