Leather is the skin of an animal, with the hair removed, that has been prepared for use by tanning or a similar process designed to preserve it and make it pliable or supple when dry.
Unlike other products, leather is not regulated to have a label that lists its “content”. When you buy an article of clothing the content label tells you the percentage of the different fibers used. On food we have a listing of its ingredients. So why not leather?
So what should you ask when buying leather?
- The statement “It is 100% leather, doesn’t tell you anything”!
- What grade is the leather? Is it corrected top grain, full grain, split or bi-cast?
- Is it “bonded leather”? If the answer is “yes”, then it is NOT a leather product at all! Bonded leather is man-made material and not genuine leather. Buyer beware.
At Coja we only use Top and Full Grain cow/steer hides.