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The 101 on one of the world’s oldest fabrics

Buttery soft, totally timeless and just the right amount of edge—whether it’s a tote, biker jacket or a pair of gloves, few things give off that effortlessly cool vibe quite as well as leather. But while you may be aware how good it looks (and feels!) there’s a lot to be learned about one of mankind’s oldest materials. So, we’re tackling all of your questions—even the ones you didn’t think to ask.

All About Leather

What is leather?

The durable, flexible material used in your favorite, broken-in shoes and biker jackets is the OG clothing material. For thousands of years, people have been using animal hides to make fabrics that are durable, comfortable and warm enough to protect themselves from the wind and cold.

The process of making leather has obviously grown a bit more sophisticated since then. But the basics remain: We’re still tanning and treating animal hides. Most leather comes from the hides of cows (some 65%), with the rest coming from sheep, pigs, goats and other animals. And as centuries has passed, leather has been used in everything from shoes to bags to furniture to book bindings!

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      Leather is a by-product of the meat industry. Less than 1% of leather production comes from animals raised exclusively for their hides.

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      Why Is Leather Typically So Expensive?

      The price tag on your favorite leather purse or coat is determined by a whole host of reasons, starting with the type of leather used. Full-grain (meaning the original grain of the leather hasn’t been altered) is generally considered the highest quality while bonded (a mix of real and fake leather) is the lowest. Cowhide, the most popular leather, also tends to be more expensive than alternatives like goat and buffalo.

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        what makes our leather ethical?

        Leather, made from the hides of animals like cows, sheep and pigs, is actually a by-product of the food industry. While farmers raise animals like cows to sell their meat, the beef accounts for, on average, just 60% of the animal. (Among the other uses: life-saving pharmaceuticals, building materials and other household items.)

        Tanning and treating the hide uses another 7% of the animal, that would otherwise be wasted, disposed into a landfill.

        What makes leather so great?


        Though the vibe is certainly tough, air passes quite easily through leather, making it among the most breathable of materials.

        The result: you feel warmer in winter and cooler in summer and you’re able to rock your favorite leather pieces all year-round.


        Your favorite, perfect broken-in pair of shoes? Probably leather. Unlike most synthetic materials, leather gets more comfortable as you wear it, molding to your unique shape for a relaxed, lived-in look.


        Real, genuine leather is built to withstand the elements far better than synthetic materials. And when treated or waxed, it will be fully water-resistant.

        Good thing it’s so timeless—leather helping people look stylish and impossibly cool for several generations now.

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        How Do I Care For Leather?

        With the right amount of TLC your favorite leather pieces can last a lifetime. Here’s how you can show your love. Lesson 1: Be kind to your wares. Leather’s ability to stretch makes it super comfortable, but unless you want a more bloated bag, avoid overstuffing. And with your go-to pieces that get a lot of use, take time to wipe away dust and other spots weekly using a soft, dry cloth. Lesson 2: Practice safe storage. To avoid fading, store leather away from direct sunlight and artificial sources of heat, like radiators, which can dry it out. Always put them away in a dust bag rather than plastic, which doesn’t offer good ventilation. (If you tossed the one your bag came with, a white pillowcase works in a pinch.) Lesson 3: Downpours happen. Should your leather get wet, allow it to try naturally—away from direct sunlight and heat sources like radiators. For any small wet spots, blot them away as soon as possible. Lesson 4: Step away from the machine. Your leather shouldn’t be washed, tumble dried or ironed. Keep leather buttery soft by using a specialized leather conditioner every three to six months. Should spot cleaning become necessary, use a solution of soap flakes and warm water.

        Safety first! Test any leather conditioners, cleaners, polishes or waxes in a hidden spot on your leather piece before going in for a full clean.


        1. Is leather cruel?

        In a word, no. Leather is a by-product of the food industry, using a part of the animal that would otherwise be disposed of. Farmers raise cattle and other animals for their meat. If the hides weren’t tanned, treated and processed into leather, they would end up polluting the environment in a landfill.

        2. Does leather last long?

        A lifetime, if treated properly. A naturally durable material, most leather only gets better with age. The sort of wear and tear that would destroy a different material only enhances the character and patina of leather.

        3. What leather clothes should I buy?

        The list is lengthy: A good leather coat—whether a classic moto look or a sleek shirt jacket—can elevate your jeans-and-a-tee vibe or add edge to an evening gown. A style that’s been in fashion for generations, it’s the definition of timeless.

        The list is lengthy: A good leather coat—whether a classic moto look or a sleek shirt jacket—can elevate your jeans-and-a-tee vibe or add edge to an evening gown. A style that’s been in fashion for generations, it’s the definition of timeless. Speaking of style that will endure—a leather purse is another smart addition as it's a piece you can carry for decades. Among the most classic options: A sleek crossbody or slouchy shoulder bag.