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Chrome-Tanned vs Vegetable-Tanned Leather

Tanning is an essential leathermaking process. Whether you’re looking to buy a leather jacket, trench coat, trousers or even a dress, it will probably be made of tanned leather. Leather garments such as these aren’t constructed of raw animal hide. Rather, the animal hide used in their construction is exposed to various chemicals for dehydration and preservation purposes. Known as tanning, it promotes long-lasting leather garments that are able to withstand the hands of time. There are different types of tanned leather, however. Two of the most common types include chrome-tanned leather and vegetable-tanned leather. They both contain animal hide that’s processed using chemicals. Nonetheless, chrome-tanned leather isn’t the same as vegetable-tanned leather. They are two unique types of leather with their own respective benefits. To learn more about the differences between chrome-tanned leather and vegetable-tanned leather, keep reading. What Is Chrome-Tanned Leather? The most common type of leather, chrome-tanned leather is characterized by its use of chromium. In other words, it’s made by exposing raw animal hide to chromium salts (and in some casts chromium sulfate). Chrome-tanned leather has been around for about a half-century. Since then, it’s been used to make all types of leather garments and leather products. Chrome-tanned leather simply refers to any type of real leather that’s processed using chromium salts. What Is Vegetable-Tanned Leather? Vegetable-tanned leather is a type of leather that’s made using vegetable matter. More specifically, vegetable-tanned leather is made using vegetable tannins. It’s not exposed to chromium salts or chromium sulfate. As the name suggests, vegetable-tanned leather is made using all-natural vegetable matter. Long before chrome-tanned leather was invented, there...

Leather Leggings vs Leather Pants: What’s the Difference?

Leather leggings and legging pants are on the rise. They’ve become two of the most popular types of leather trousers on the market. With leather leggings or leather pants, you can take advantage of their stylish appearance and comfortable leather construction. While they may look similar, though, they aren’t exactly the same. Leather leggings and leather pants differ in several ways. By understanding how they differ, you can choose the right type for your fashion needs. What Are Leather Pants? Leather pants are trousers consisting of leather. You can find them in different colors and patterns. Some leather pants are brown, whereas others are black or red. There are even leather pants with two or more colors. Regardless, they are all trousers made of leather, which is tanned and processed animal hide. Some of the most common styles of leather pants include the following: Leather jeansLeather caprisLaced leather trousersLeather biker pants What Are Leather Leggings? Leather leggings are close-fitting — and usually semi-elastic — trousers made of leather. They are available in many of the same colors and patterns as leather pants, and they are also made of leather. Some people, in fact, consider leather leggings to be leather pants. While both garments share a similar appearance and construction, however, they have a few differences. So, how do leather pants differ from leather leggings? The Age Leather pants have been around for a longer length of time than leather leggings. It wasn’t until the past few decades when leather leggings emerged. In comparison, leather pants are many centuries old. Leather has been used in the construction of pants, along...

7 Features of High-Quality Leather Shorts

Shorts are available in dozens of materials. Some of them are made of traditional materials like cotton and linen, whereas others are made of leather. Leather shorts are still partial-length trousers that leave some or all of your legs exposed when worn. They are simply defined by their leather construction. If you’re planning to go shopping for a pair of leather shorts, you should consider looking for the following features. With these features, you can rest assured knowing that they are of high quality and, therefore, are well worth the investment. #1) Made of Pure Napa Leather Shorts made of pure napa leather are typically softer, as well as more durable, than those made of other types of leather. Napa leather is still real leather; it’s simply a special type of real leather that’s characterized by an ultra-fine grain. All types of leather have a grain. The grain refers to the surface texture. Napa leather has a finer grain than that of other types of leather, resulting in a soft and smooth surface that’s gentle on your skin. When shopping for a pair of leather shorts, you should check to see what type of leather they are made of. With napa leather, they’ll offer a high-quality construction that manifests in the form of greater comfort and longer-lasting durability. #2) Belt Loops Belt loops are a feature of high-quality leather shorts. As may probably know already, they allow you to wear a belt. You can run a belt through the loops on your leather shorts, thereby securing them around your waist. Many leather shorts — particularly high-quality leather shorts —...

What Is a Studded Leather Jacket?

Leather jackets come in dozens of different styles. There are classic styles, such as biker jackets, as well as newer and more modern styles, such as studded leather jackets. Studded leather jackets are still made of the same leather material as biker jackets. However, they feature a unique design that distinguishes them from their counterparts. What are studded leather jackets exactly, and why should you consider wearing one? Overview of Studded Leather Jackets Studded leather jackets are a form of leather outerwear that’s defined by their use of metal studs. Metal studs are small pieces of metal — typically circular shaped — that are embedded on the front. To make a studded leather jacket, manufacturers will add dozens of these metal studs to the surface. The number of metal studs, as well as the area in which they are placed, may vary. Some studded leather jackets have more studs than others. Some studded leather jackets also feature these studs in different areas. Regardless, the presence of these studs is what distinguishes studded leather jackets from traditional leather jackets. Benefits of Wearing a Studded Leather Jacket Like all leather jackets, studded leather jackets are comfortable. They are available in real leather, including napa leather, that’s softer and suppler than conventional textiles. As a result, you can wear a studded leather jacket all day long without fear of it irritating your skin or otherwise causing discomfort. Studded leather jackets are comfortable to wear for long periods. Of course, studded leather jackets are attractive. Many people prefer the unique style of studded leather jackets over the traditional design of other leather jackets....

The History of Leather Motorcycle Jackets

Leather jackets have become synonymous with motorcycle apparel. When driving down the highway, you may see motorcycle riders wearing a leather jacket. These leather motorcycle jackets have been around for over a century. And during that time, little has changed regarding their general construction and appearance. Leather motorcycle jackets are still made of premium leather, and they are still made in the same classic styles as those in the past. For a better understanding of the history of leather motorcycle jackets, keep reading. What Is a Leather Motorcycle Jacket? A leather motorcycle jacket is a form of protective outerwear consisting of a real leather jacket that’s designed for use by motorcycle riders. Riding a motorcycle, of course, requires certain forms of protective gear to minimize the risk of injury. In any given year, over 100,000 people are injured while riding a motorcycle. Some of these injuries are minor are consist of nothing more than scrapes or bruises. Others are more severe and consist of broken bones, road rash and other major injuries. Leather motorcycle jackets are designed to reduce the risk of certain minor injuries. Based on the appearance, leather motorcycle jackets look like most other traditional and classic leather jackets. They feature a uniform design in a common color, the most common being black. With that said, leather motorcycle jackets have a few features that distinguish them from the rest. For starters, they are often thicker than traditional and classic leather jackets. Leather motorcycle jackets are constructed of thick leather that offers a higher level of protection against physical injury than those made of thinner leather and other...

The ABCs of Leather: 7 Common Terms to Know

Leather is a classic textile that’s used in the construction of countless men’s and women’s garments. In addition to jackets, there are pants, shorts and even dresses made of leather. Leather, of course, is used to make many accessories as well, some of which include belts, bracelets and caps. While you’ve probably come across some of these leather garments and accessories during your shopping trips, there are several somewhat confusing terms that you may encounter. This post offers a guide to some of the most common leather terms and what they mean. #1) Grain Grain refers to the outermost layer of leather. Whether it’s sheepskin, deerskin or cowhide, all types of leather have a grain. Leather is made of animal hide, which is comprised of multiple layers. The outermost layer — the layer found directly underneath the fur — is the grain. It’s important to note that there are different types of leather grains. During the production of leather, the outermost layer is oftentimes altered. The way in which it’s altered will affect the leather’s grain. Types of leather grains include the following: Top grain: Top-grain leather consists of all types of leather that have the outermost layer or grain intact.Full grain: Full-grain leather is a type of top-grain leather that’s characterized by an unfinished and natural grain.Corrected grain: Corrected-grain leather, on the other hand, has a finished grain. In other words, the outermost layer of corrected-grain leather is furthe processed to achieve a unique appearance. #2) Tanning Tanning is one of the processes by which leather is made. Regardless of grain type, all leather is made by tanning....

What Are Leather Cargo Shorts?

Leather shorts are available in dozens of styles. Like with cotton and linen shorts, you can find them in cargo styles. Known as cargo leather shorts, they’ve become increasingly popular in recent years. Cargo leather shorts are still made of real leather, but they feature a unique design that sets them from other styles of shorts. An Introduction to Leather Cargo Shorts In case this is your first time hearing about, you might be wondering what leather cargo shorts are exactly. By definition, cargo shorts are partial-length trousers — they usually extend to the thighs or knees or worn — that are designed with deep and/or extra pockets. All leather cargo shorts have deep and/or extra pockets. At a minimum, you can expect to find two pockets on the front of them. Some leather cargo shorts have extra pockets, such as four or even six pockets. Regardless, leather cargo shorts consist of partial-length trousers with deep and/or extra pockets. Leather Cargo Shorts vs Traditional Cargo Shorts There are traditional cargo shorts as well. Traditional cargo shorts are made of cotton, linen, wool, polyester and other common textiles. They’ve been around since the 1970s and 80s, during which they are marketed for outdoor sportsmen. Since then, traditional cargo shorts have made their way into the world of mainstream fashion. Leather cargo shorts are distinguished from traditional cargo shorts by their leather construction. They aren’t made of any of the aforementioned textiles. As their name suggests, leather cargo shorts are made of leather. You can find them in the same real leather that’s used to make leather jackets and other leather...

How Napa Leather Differs From Regular Leather

Have you heard of napa leather? It’s used in the construction of high-end leather garments. You can find jackets, dresses, skirts, shoes, belts and even furniture made of napa leather. Like all types of leather, it consists of tanned animal hide that’s been dried and out and processed for use as a textile. Napa leather, however, is distinguished from regular leather in several ways. For a better understanding of napa leather and how it differs from regular leather, keep reading. The Basics of Napa Leather Napa leather is a special type of leather that receives its namesake from the California city where it was invented. While working as a tanner at the Sawyer Tanning Company in the 1800s, Emanuel Manassee created the world’s first napa leather. In the years to follow, others began to take notice of Manessee’s newly pioneered leather. This eventually led to other companies producing and using napa leather. Since then, napa leather has become synonymous with premium, high-end leather products. It’s used to make many of the same products as regular leather. Napa leather simply features unique characteristics that give it a premium look and feel. Finer Grain One of the main differences between napa leather and regular leather lies in the grain. They both have a textured surface that’s characterized by the presence of a grain. With that said, napa leather has a finer grain. The grain refers to the outermost layer of real leather. If you rub your hands across the surface of real leather, you’ll feel many tiny bumps. These bumps are the grain. Napa leather has a finer grain consisting of...

How Is Leather Dyed? What You Know Should

Have you come across a colored leather jacket? Sure you have! Not all leather jackets feature raw, undyed leather. Rather, many of them are made of colored leather that’s been exposed to a particular dye. Dyed leather is commonly found used to create leather jackets and other garments. To learn more about dyed leather, including how it’s made, keep reading. Why Leather Is Dyed Leather is dyed for aesthetic purposes. In its raw form, leather is typically brown or a shade thereof. Brown leather is found in countless products, ranging from furniture and car seat upholstery to belts, trousers and of course jackets. As you know, though, many of these same products are available in alternative colors. To achieve a different color, manufacturers dye their leather. Dyeing is a process in which raw leather is exposed to a colored, pigment-based substance, resulting in a new color. It doesn’t affect the physical properties of leather. Rather, dyeing only changes the color of leather. Some of the most popular colors for dyed leather include: BlackRedYellowOlive The Basics of Dyed Leather How is leather dyed exactly? The production of all leather begins with tanning. Tanning is a treatment process in which raw leather is exposed to various chemicals, which are collectively known as a tanning agent. The tanning agent breaks down the proteins within raw leather while at the same time altering its color. Most tanning agents give raw leather a brown color. This is why brown is the most common color for leather jackets. For brown leather jackets, no additional work is required after tanning. The tanning agent alone will give...