FAQ: What is the difference between top-grain leather vs full-grain leather?


  • Top-Grain Leather - Despite its name, top-grain leather is actually the lower quality of the two. It consists of only the outermost layer of a hide and is therefore thinner and less durable. This outer layer, often derived from scarred and substandard hides, is typically processed and sanded to get rid of insect bites, scars, and other natural markings to present a more uniform look and feel. The leather can then be used in that untextured form or it can be embossed with a false texture to give it new character.
  • Full-Grain Leather - Full-grain leather, by comparison, includes the full depth of the hide, allowing for maximum durability. Only high-quality hides are selected, allowing the outermost surface to retain its natural grain and character. Full-grain leather is prized for its strength, durability, and breathability. When properly cared for, this type of leather will wear for a long time and develop a rich patina.

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