Leather Link carries a wide variety of leathers and colours mainly suitable for UPHOLSTERY, HANDBAGS and LEATHERGOODS.
Some leathers are also used for footwear, ie,”softy shoes” like pumps, ballet shoes, kiddies shoes etc.
IMPORTANT: Please note that any leathers with aniline or semi aniline finishes are very sensitive to sunlight and even strong lighting. These types of finishes also vary in shades from batch to batch and even from hide to hide, showing that it is a genuine leather.
A brief description of the ex stock leathers follows:
FULL GRAIN – SEMI ANILINE/ANILINE
These are available in a variety of colours and is - 1.0/1.2mm thick. The Aniline colours are extremily sensitive to light, so please be aware of this fact.
GO NATURAL - FULL GRAIN ANILINE
This is what leather SHOULD BE LIKE! It is the most natural finish one gets. It has a natural grain and has been dyed to colour. It is beautiful and soft. However, Aniline dyed leathers are sensitive to light, so avoid direct sunlight or strong lighting.
A variety of colours are available in a 1.0/1.2mm thickness. Our corrected grains are superior to the ones imported from Brazil and India as we use higher grades of hides to produce them. As a result of the better quality hide, we correct them less and add less “paint” or pigment to them, as they say “less is more”. This results in a softer touch to the leather.
PULL UP EFFECTS
The pull up leather has a particularly beautiful two tone character. This gives it the “slightly aged” look one finds on classic leathers after a period of time. It is a full aniline finish, and colour variation from hide to hide will occur. The consumer should be aware of this as it suits particular tastes. If you like your goods to look like little soldiers all lined up neatly in a row, think carefully before you purchase this leather. As this is an aniline finish, it should be kept away from harsh light exposure.
This leather requires great care and is extremely sensitive to light and absorbs spilled liquids very quickly. If you have children or pets in the house, it is not advisable to have a sofa in this leather anywhere near them. However, if you like the worn rustic look and you are prepared to close your eyes to little Johnny and his friends jumping all over the sofa with nice “gooey” hands, you will NEVER, I REPEAT, NEVER, find a more beautiful looking leather than this. IT SIMPLY IS EXQUISITE.
This leather has been made to replicate a well worn and distressed leather. It is an aniline finish with a nubuck grain, so a leather sealant is recommended. The touch of this leather is extremely soft and luxurious. This leather is suitable for couches although handbags have also been made from it.
This leather was created to give the “old world” feel where generations of families have passed the sofa down from great grandfather to father to son. It has a cracked worn in look and feel and is dry to the touch as if the leather has dried and cracked over many years. Colour variation from hide to hide may occur. This is synonymous of leather wearing down unevenly over time.
This is an aniline wax and oil finish. The leather ages naturally over time creating its own patina. The scratches that appear from objects & finger nails can be "rubbed out", by rubbing your thumb on it and creating heat from friction. This leather is sensitive to light and prone to fading.
This is an aniline waxy finish. The wax in the leather gives a “crackled” effect and will lighten in those areas. The more the leather is creased, the more the “crackled effect” will appear. Scratch marks from fingernails or objects can be rubbed away by generating heat with ones thumb. This leather is sensitive to light.
This is an aniline waxy finish. It is very similar to Shanwari but with less of a “crackled” effect. The other difference is that is “scratches” less than the Shamwari leather. As it is an aniline leather, it is sensitive to strong light and sunlight.
Our metallics are a pigmented finish , meaning that they have a better scuff resistance than the ones on the market finished with a thin metallic foil.
PIG SUEDE SPLIT
This is generally used for lining of handbags and upmarket leather footwear.
Leather was originally tanned with natural vegetable extracts from tree bark. As this was costly and had a lot of technical difficulties, a chromium product was developed and is now the preferred retannage . We have replicated this natural and firm look with a “veg retan”. It has an aniline finish and is 1.8/2.0mm thick making it suitable for handbags, satchels and leather goods.
This leather is specifically made for the handbag, leather goods and footwear industry. It is a full grain aniline leather in 1.4 / 1.6mm thickness. It is a firm tannage so that bags and shoes can ‘stand’ and retain their shape.
This leather has the reverse effect of Rustica and is slightly more user friendly. As it is an aniline finish , it is still sensitive to light and is prone to fading. The finish has a fine crackled effect with the tips of the grain being darker than the valleys. This effect is given so that the leather has a worn look to it.
HAIR ON HIDES
Our Hair On Hides are imported from South America. They are tanned with advanced methods thereby alleviating the danger of “hair slip” which is when the hair falls out. Our hides are suitable for use as rugs as well as on furniture and leather goods, e.g. ottomans, handbags, shoes, belts etc. We carry a variety of natural designs which have been separated into various “design categories”. PLEASE CHECK STOCK AVAILABILITY FOR YOUR CHOICE.