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Leathers

Only the finest full-grain leathers are used by Kinz

The Four Grades of Leather

four grades of leather

Full-grain leather is the top and strongest layer of the hide, and is the best money can buy. The surface has not been buffed or sanded to conceal imperfections.

Highest quality leather goods are made using full-grain leather. These products will easily last generations, and make great heirlooms, if taken care of.

Characteristics:

  • Extremely durable
  • Resists water – the leather breathes
  • Develops a patina (darkens) from being handled

Kinz products are made using premium full-grain leathers. See below for the specific characteristics of different animal hides.

The original top grain/layer of the leather has been removed, through sanding and buffing, and an imitation grain is often embossed into the leather. As a result the leather has a more uniform finish, however is less durable and will break down faster.

This is the most common type of leather used in high-end leather goods as manufacturers don’t have to worry about random marks on their hides.

Characteristics:

  • More uniform appearance
  • Less durability than full-grain
  • Less breathability

Genuine leather has become the go-to retailer terminology to trick customers into buying low-quality leather. It is made by taking the back (flesh-side) of leather, which is weaker, and painting over it. While still technically leather, it retains none of the durability and strength of full or top-grain leather and is used in low quality products.

Characteristics:

  • Cheap
  • Still technically leather (I guess)

Bonded leather is made by taking the scraps and cut-offs of leather, gluing them together, before being painted to look like leather. This can barely be considered leather and is used only in extremely low-end retail products.

If you’ve ever seen a product that looks like leather but is peeling, it is very likely bonded leather.

Characteristics:

  • Literally trash
  • Will probably last a week at most before starting to peel.

Kinz products are made using premium full-grain leathers.
See below for the specific characteristics of different animal hides.

Kangaroo Leather

This is the main leather used by Kinz.

Found naturally only in Australia and extremely hard to source overseas due to strict export laws.

Kangaroo leather is known for its strength even when cut down very thinly. It is both lighter and stronger than cow or goat hide due to the unique structure of its fibres, which have a highly uniform orientation. This also gives kangaroo leather a natural resistance to water.
Properties:
  • Highest strength (of any readily available leather)
  • Light weight
  • Extremely durable
  • Water resistant

Sheep and Lamb Leather

Sheep and lambskin are known for being extremely soft, supple, and pliable. This leather is thin and finely grained with a buttery texture. It is lightweight and an excellent heat insulator, however is delicate and absorbs water well.
Properties:

  • Extremely soft and supple
  • Pliable with a buttery texture
  • Great at retaining heat

Kid (GOAT) Leather

Kidskin is a very soft leather made from the hide of a young goat. It is thin, lightweight and softer and slightly tougher than cow leather. It has a smooth fine grain giving it good water resistance, while being supple and flexible.
Properties:
  • Supple and flexible
  • Good water resistance
  • Thin and lightweight
  • Smooth fine grain

Tannery Specific

Properties of leathers from tanneries around the world

Alran S.A.S.

Chèvre Chagrin from the Alran tannery in France is a shrunken goat skin that has wonderful moisture and scratch resistance. It is available in a wide range of colours and has a beautiful natural texture.