Keeping a careful watch on the latest fashion influences, we search the world for designs and complimentary leather finishes, ensuring that there is always a comprehensive range of both men's and women's leatherwear available. Our staff are not only fully knowledgeable about the products we sell, but also the complexity of different finishes available, meaning you receive the very best advice on the type of leather most suited to your needs.
Despite many attempts at imitating the properties of leather, no true substitute has been found. The unique fibrous weave can absorb perspiration and transmit to the outer surface, and the leather is thus said to 'breathe'. The air spaces between the fibres provides excellent insulation so that the leather also protects against both cold and heat.
Virtually any type of hide or skin can be tanned to produce leather. However, it is Lakeland's policy only to use leather which is available as a by-product of the meat industry. Lakeland never has, and never would, condone anything else.
Leather isn't just leather! There are numerous different types and finished that all have different qualities and need to be cared for in different ways. Mouse over the images below to learn more about this fantastic and versatile fabric. To find out what leather your garment is made from, look at the ticket provided with the item, or find the garment on our website and look in the "details" section.
The story doesn't end there! There are many more types and sub types of leather that all have different finishes and qualities:
These are leathers which have a pigment coating applied to the outer surface of a slightly heavier skin after tanning. This gives the leather a smooth surface, uniform colour and slightly shiny appearance. Care & Cleaning 'B' ►
When new, this leather has a medium shine, which will become duller with a more 'distressed' appearance with wear. This is both natural and the intended fashion look. Care & Cleaning 'C' ►
Hide Pull Up - Oily
Pull up leathers are designed to become distressed looking with time and use. This type of pull up leather has a slightly oily spray applied in the finishing and will sometimes retain an oily feel. Care & Cleaning 'C' ►
Hide Pull Up - Waxy
Pull up leathers are designed to become 'distressed' looking with time and use. This type of pull up leather has a slightly waxy coating which gives a softer, smoother handle. Care & Cleaning 'C' ►
Nappa Pearlised & Waxy
Pearlised: This leather has a pearl-like lustre applied to the finishing process. It may benefit from a light application of Lakeland Protection Cream for Leather - please check individual garment ticket.
This leather has a slight wax coating on the original Nappa, which gives the leather a softer, smoother handle. Care & Cleaning 'B' ►
This is Nubuck with a fashionable 'glazed' finish which breaks down with wear to give a natural rugged appearance. By its very nature, this leather will not benefit from the application of any after care products.
This is Nubuck which has had an oily spray applied in the finishing. It tends to produce a rugged look to the skin and will sometimes still have a slightly oily feel.
This is Nubuck which has a wax spray applied in the finishing. It tends to produce a rugged look to the skin, and will sometimes retain a slight waxy fell. This leather may benefit from a light application of Lakeland Suede and Leather Guard - please check individual garment ticket.
This is leather with a washed finish, and is normally Aniline. As such, it will absorb virtually anything with which it comes into contact - see 'Aniline' leather finish.