Fun Facts About Leather

Fun Facts About Leather

There’s ‘Salmon’ Leather

No, I’m not talking about salmon-colored leather. There’s actually leather that is made from the skin of salmon. Many people in Iceland and Norway farm salmon for this very reason. The high strength and unique, elegant look make it a prized type of leather, although its popularity has yet to catch on here in the U.S.

Four Forms of Leather

Most types of leather can be broken down into one of the four following categories: full-grain, top-grain, corrected-grain, and split leather.  Of the four, top-grain and full-grain offer the highest level of quality, making them the preferred choice for jackets, pants, and other leather accessories.

Leather Has Been Around for Centuries

Leather is one of the oldest — if not the oldest — fabric on the planet. Civilizations from across the globe and throughout time have used leather to produce clothing and other items. While construction techniques have changed over the years, the basic concept of leather remains the same.

The Average Person Wears Four Pieces of Leather

On an any given day, the average person wears roughly four pieces of leather on his or her body. This may include your shoes, belt, jacket, watch, hat, jewelry, and more. The next time you are getting ready for work in the morning, count how many pieces of leather you are wearing. The answer might just surprise you.

Leather is a Renewable Resource

Leather is classified as a natural, renewable resource. This makes is an excellent choice of material for Eco-concsious companies and consumers.

Leather Changes Based on the Surrounding Environment

Because leather contains thousands upon thousands of holes (known as pores), it changes in both feeling and appearance depending on the surrounding environment. When exposed to a humid environment, leather will become soft and supple, as the moisture content settles into the pores. But when it is exposed to a dry environment, leather will feel tough and rugged. This is why it’s important to store your leather in a climate-controlled environment that’s not too humid but not too dry.

Now that know a little bit about leather and why it is such a popular material, head over to our store to check out some of our leather products and accessories!