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What Makes Italian Leather So Special?

Why Choose Italian Leather?

Italian leather is well known in the fashion industry as the very best. One of the reasons Italian leather is so highly regarded is because of it’s quality. The very best craftsmanship and care goes into manufacturing Italian leather stock than is put into almost any comparable leather product in the world and that means only the best quality hides are used.

Only all natural vegetable and plant based extracts are used by craftsmen to manufacture Italian leather. Because it isn’t mass produced it takes much longer to make than the cheaper factory made alternatives.

Five reasons that Italian Leather is the very best.

1. Italian leather is a high quality, durable and well-made material. A great deal of craftsmanship is put into making Italian leather products with the highest standards.

2. Italian Leather is made to last. When compared to other types of leather, Italian leather is the most long-lasting. It can withstand everyday wear and tear, with most nicks and scratches being easily wiped away. If you are looking for the most durable products, always look for those leather goods that have a lifetime or long guarantee.

3. It is one of a kind. Vegetable tanned Italian leather has a truly one of a kind appearance. The marks on an the hides are not imperfections – they are the result of the natural tanning process and give a very distinctive look. No two naturally tanned items ever look alike!

4. It is timeless fashion. You’ll see Italian leather on the most exclusive fashion runways. This material practically drips style and sophistication, and it continues to be, one of the most well-loved materials in fashion design.

5. Maintaining it’s appearance is easy. Constantly cleaning handbags and purses can be a chore. Italian leather on the other hand, reduces the work. In fact, aging only adds to the beauty and uniqueness of Italian leather. It can be easily cleaned on with a damp cloth from time to time, but isn’t always necessary.

There are a wide range of leather types available; these include vegetable tanned, full grain, patent, and chrome just to mention a few.

Italian leather has a wonderful reputation, however, it is not unusual for some unscrupulous retailers to offer faux or low quality leather products with an “Italian Leather” label. Here are few tips that will help you avoid being scammed.

Don’t settle for cheap imitations. Price is usually an indicator of the leather’s true quality. Be aware that even if the leather seems to be good quality, if the price is too low, you are most definitely purchasing an imitation of cheaply made leather product. Good leather products are more expensive and cost more, but you will be assured of a high-quality product that will last much longer than cheaper brands.

Check the quality
Inspect the item in question closely. Take a peek at the stitching, are the stitches straight? Are there any loose threads? If the craftsmanship is poor, that’s usually an indicator of poor leather quality. Look for natural discolorations in the hide. These are not usually imperfections, in fact they are sign of well-tanned leather product. The details really matter; if a manufacturer has invested in the best leather quality, chances are the item has been well crafted. Also, take a peek at zips, buckles, pockets and other details.

Feel and Smell
Take your leather product in hand and inspect it well. Smell it; real leather has a very recognizable smell. If you can’t smell anything this may be faux or poor quality leather. Also, take note of leather goods that smell bad or of chemicals. That is a sign of very poorly treated leather goods. The product should always feel smooth and silky to the touch. Carefully pull and bend the product slightly, take note if it looks like the leather is going to tear or stretch. Note if the colour seems to change when the leather is pulled tight. All quality leather goods should feel heavy and thick when picked up.