Capeskin and Glacé
The offspring of the hair-sheep of south Africa or south America, capeskin is one of the heaviest, sturdiest and most durable leathers. Usually used for “heavy duty” wear. Only the finest capeskin is used. Glace leather is typically much thinner and can be found in fine dress gloves.
This is the hide of the hardy wild Peccary Boars that roam Central and South America. Nothing can beat it for a rugged, ready to take it glove. Peccary gloves are a top selling type that exude quality and fine texture.
Suede or Doeskin
A buffed finish, applied to the flesh side, gives this leather the creamy, smooth “skin you love to touch.” Subtle detailing of the texture of the skin heightens the look of luxury.
In white or chamois, this soft baby lambskin has a pampered look.
Any of the sturdy leathers lined with wool, nylon, fleecy textures, or rabbit fur, great gloves for winter weather warmth.
Sheep and Lambskin that is tanned with the wool still on the skin.
This is the process where perishable hides of different kinds are manipulated into leather.
Finish and Finishing
Leather is typically finished for all products that use them. The finishing includes adding color to the leather and protective coats are applied to hide imperfections in the leather. Protective coating includes lacquering, pigmentation, waxing, buffing, glazing, waterproofing and fireproofing.
Is made by only removing the hair from the skin and not having been altered in any other way during the tanning process. This leaves the full grain and texture of the original skin.
When the original and natural grain has been altered by any method and manipulation.
Animal hide or skin that has gone through processing to be preserved and dressed for use in the fashion, textile and home markets.
Leather that has undergone a process of applying a textured, dimensional pattern which is applied by high pressure press machines. This process covers the original grain essentially replacing it.
Leather that has been treated to be given a metallic finish for cosmetic appeal.
Small holes that are die cut into a leather hide in various patterns of different sizes and densities of holes.
A hide that has been split across the entire skin to be divided into two layers, making the leather thinner. This can be done in several fashions.
Removing grain and imperfections of leather by means of abrasion of the hide.
Antiqued or Distressed Leather
Leather that has gone through the process of being weathered and worn, then coated to appear as if it has collected dirt, yet still looks fresh and new.
Materials on the inside of a glove to provide extra warmth and comfort.