Leather - The World's Most Tried & Tested Fabric

Lakeland is one of the largest retailers of leatherwear in the UK, offering a wide variety of exclusively designed styles in the most recent fashion finishes, superb quality and unrivalled aftercare service.

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.

Leather - The Unique Natural Material

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.


Responsible Sourcing

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.


The Leather Family

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.

 

Aniline

Selected from the finest quality skins and is leather which has been dyed but has no pigment coating and minimal finish applied to the surface.

This allows the true beauty and characteristics of the skin to shine through and provides a totally soft, supple natural look and feel. Because of the natural variation in colour of the skins you will find most Aniline leather available in either dark or strong colours.

Semi-Aniline

As Aniline leather above. However a small amount of protective finish has been added to enhance and prolong wear.

Semi Aniline (Sheep Hair): Hair sheep leather is a lighter weight yet strong leather which is particularly suitable for producing more 'tailored' garments. A small amount of protective finish is added to enhance and prolong wear.

Nappa

These are leathers which have a pigment coating applied to the outer surface of the skin after tanning, which gives them a very smooth surface, uniform colour, and a slightly shiny appearance. These leathers will also have a certain degree of resistance to dirt, grime and wear.
Care & Cleaning 'B' OR 'C' ►

Nappalan

Superbly soft sheepskin with a pigmented coating applied to the suede side of the skin, giving a fashionable matt leather finish on the outside, whilst retaining the warmth of the sheepskin on the inside. After a certain amount of wear, some of the surface finish will shed leaving a distressed appearance. This is a normal and will enhance the suppleness of the skin whilst adding to the rugged, natural appearance of the garment. The leather will not benefit from the application of any after care products.

Nubuck

Nubuck is leather buffed on the grain side to give a very fine velvety surface, so although it appears to look and feel like suede it is in fact leather. Where friction occurs some of the buffed finish will wear down and become shiny - this will not in anyway affect the wear and tear, but will add to the fashionability.

Semi Nubuck

Sometimes termed 'Nubuck' or 'Country Nubuck'. This has a semi-sueded look. Randomly buffed on the grain side to give a velvety surface.

Suede

Suede is produced by buffing the inside of the skin to produce a velvet like nap finish. Suede is fairly resilient to everyday use, providing it is sprayed with Lakeland Suede and Leather Guard when new, though may become shiny where friction occurs; after a long period of wear.

Sueded Sheepskin

Sheepskin with a traditional sueded finish which has been buffed on the inside of the skin to raise a soft velvety nap. The wool side is trimmed (which makes the garment much less heavy than early sheepskin coats) and ironed by the tanneries to give a smooth silky feel, and which with wear, will actually mould to the shape of the wearer to give added comfort. +Semi sueded sheepskin Sheepskin with a semi-sueded finish, which has been randomly buffed on the inside of the skin - see 'Sueded Sheepskin' above.

Other types of leather

The story doesn't end there! There are many more types and sub types of leather that all have different finishes and qualities:

Hide
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' ►

Hide Glazed
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.

Waxy
This leather has a slight wax coating on the original Nappa, which gives the leather a softer, smoother handle. Care & Cleaning 'B' ►

Nubuck Glazed
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.

Nubuck Oily
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.

Nubuck Waxy
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.

Washed Leather
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.

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