After the tanning process the hides are separated into different categories based upon the amount of abrasions, scars, brands and other natural markings. The best hides are used to produce full aniline leather, which on average is only about 3%. Hides with minor imperfections are used to produce semi-aniline leather. The majority of the hides are used to produce corrected grain leather, which is the most prominent type of leather in today’s market place.
Aniline Leather (Natural)
Due to the
lack of these additional steps, the aging characteristics of full anilines
are different than other types of leathers. They will absorb moisture,
oils and other spills that over time will produce a rich patina, much
like a well-worn bomber jacket. Sunlight will readily fade full aniline
leather therefore exposure to direct sunlight should be avoided. Due to
the natural characteristics of these leathers, Classic Leather cannot
assume responsibility for their long term wearing qualities. *See our
Natural Leather Policy.
After dying and milling, a pigment coat is sprayed or rolled onto the hide surface. The coating is very light and is generally just enough to produce a uniform surface color. The added color pigment helps to control shade variations from hide to hide and provides a greater degree of protection from fading. Finally, a top coat of synthetic, transparent resin is applied as a protective coating in either a high gloss or matte finish.
Grain Leather (Protected) This is the most prominent type of leather in
today's marketplace. There are distinct differences that separate corrected
grains from full anilines and semi-anilines. Full anilines and semi-aniline
leathers are full grain, meaning that no alterations have been made to
the surface of the leather. Corrected Grains, as their name implies, have
been altered. These hides are slightly corrected or buffed and lightly
embossed giving the surface a uniform grain. They are then aniline dyed
and color pigments are applied followed by a top