As with any item of clothing that costs a considerable sum of your hard-earned dollar, attention to detail is key to long-term satisfaction with your purchase. If you’re already a leather aficionado, you already know the importance of leather and zip quality. There’s nothing worse than spending money on a leather jacket that doesn’t age well or has faulty zips. So, knowing your materials is paramount to optimizing your purchase satisfaction.
Types of Leather
This type of leather is the best and most sought-after on the market. It’s soft, breathable and ages the best out of any other leather out there. It is made from the best part of the animal hide and as a result, products made from full-grain offer the best breathability and durability. With full-grain leather, you can expect to be able to hand your jacket onto younger generations. It’s really just the best choice.
If you weren’t going to take the number one option (full-grain leather), this would be your second best choice. In fact, most people opt for this type of leather. It offers a good compromise between cost-effectiveness and durability.
To the untrained mind, the term ‘genuine leather’ can be somewhat misleading, as it sort of subtly implies that it is the most genuine and could perhaps be perceived as being better than its counterparts. Genuine leather is, as it says, real leather, but it is by no means the best quality. It is typically made from the leftovers of the more expensive, high-quality leathers mentioned above.
Being the cheapest kind of leather, it often has a very flawed appearance and needs modification before being turned into clothing. It is usually sanded down to remove imperfections and adorned in the later stages of processing to resemble leathers of a higher value.
Despite being commonly referred to as ‘leather’, which some leather lovers might protest as misguiding, faux leather is not real leather. It is a synthetic look-alike and while it is rather durable, it doesn’t offer the same softness and breathability as it’s genuine counterparts.