Leather information

 

The leather that is used for the Succes collection is a natural material. It is animal hide, mostly cow, which gives each individual product its own character. High quality leather adapts to it’s user, making the Succes products more beautiful and personal the longer they are used! And as can be said for many natural products, time brings out the best.

 

 

Leather

The leather Succes uses for its collection is purchased from tanners in Tuscany, Italy. This is where you will find the very best quality. Succes takes great care to ensure that these hides only come from animals raised in Europe. Again, quality is at stake since these animals have been properly fed and have suffered little injury from branding, mosquitoes or thorny shrubs. The animals have actually not been raised for their hides. Instead, the leather is a by-product of the meat industry.

 

Leather from various kinds of animals
Theoretically, you can produce leather from every kind of skin. The younger the animal, the finer the texture of its skin. Although Succes uses primarily cowhide and calfskin, we sometimes use sheepskin or goatskin. Pigskin, however, is usually too coarse in texture to use. Once, we even used real fish skin for a Succes Organizer!

 

The Excellence Collection regularly features materials that look like crocodile or snake, but these are actually imprinted cowhide or calfskin. And it goes without saying that Succes uses no skins from endangered species.

 

Tanning
After cleaning the hides are tanned to make them more durable. The authentic tanning process uses special tanning substances to create leather - an almost imperishable product. Tanning also has a great effect on how the leather will look. Tanning substances can be classified into chrome salts and natural products. Chrome salts provide the strongest final results. If natural substances are used, the final result will have a livelier look while the process itself is less taxing on the environment. During the tanning process, the softness of the leather can be controlled by the use of special oils.

 

Dyeing
All leather is coloured with aniline dye. Leather can be dyed in various ways, each producing a different result. Leather can be dyed ‘through and through’ by turning it constantly in a dye vat. Nuances in colour originate because not all parts of the hide take on the same amount of dye. Any damage to the hide is then less visible.

Patent leather is created by spraying the colour on the ‘through and through’ dyed leather. This paintlayer protects the leather against damaging by moisture, fat and perspiration and makes it really suitable for every day use.

 

A very natural-looking effect can be obtained by ‘stippling’ on the colour by hand. To do this, tufts of cotton are used to apply two different translucent dyes, one after another, to the leather. The result is a ‘duo tone’ or almost three-dimensional look. Applying the dye by hand also produces an irregular dye layer and enhances the natural look.

 

After dying the hides are dried, which causes them to harden. By means of mechanical kneading the leather retrieves its suppleness.

 

Full grain or split
Cowhide is 4 to 6 millimetres thick. This is too thick for leather goods such as organizers. For this reason, the leather is split into 3 layers, of which the lower is used for soles of shoes. The upper layer is called ‘full grain’ leather because the natural grain of the hide is visible. This layer is not only the most beautiful but also the strongest. In use, it simply becomes more and more beautiful.

 

The middle layer is called ‘split’ leather. After the splitting process, it looks like suede but is usually given an artificial coating and an imitation grain texture so at first sight it looks like full grain leather. Even so, it lacks the lively look of full grain leather and will tend to show signs of wear the longer it is used. For this reason, split leather is a good alternative for inexpensive leather goods.


The part of the hide

The amount of grain visible in the leather depends on what part of the hide is used. Smooth leather with little grain comes from the flank. Leather with a sporty look and lots of grain comes from the neck. This is also sometimes called ‘Avant Corpo’ leather. Since the animal is constantly moving its head while grazing, the skin develops the most creases and grain here.