Finding the right leather for your bag project is essential to creating a high-quality finished product. Leathers are renowned for their durability and quality because of their remarkable versatility, making them a popular choice for bag manufacturers across the globe.
When it comes to bag making, the leather industry has several different types of leather that are popular. Each one is suited to a particular purpose and has its own unique properties that make it ideal for certain uses. Some are more durable than others, some are more pliable and easy to work with, and some will give you a certain look that you're going for.
Each year we scour Europe for great deals on unique leathers and bring limited edition hides back with us. Discover Leffler’s largest range of bag leather in Australia, perfect for your next bag-making project!
Known for its durability and strength, full grain leather offers the highest quality and most desired leather, made from the outermost layer of hides which has not been sanded down or buffed, leaving its natural markings intact. Since full-grain leather undergoes no sanding, this gives it a unique look that is hard to replicate using any other material or method of manufacturing.
Full-grain leathers can withstand a lot of wear and tear with zero to minimal signs of damage like cracks or scratches. If used in bag making, this type of leather will produce bags that are very durable and long-lasting. Plus leather ages gracefully over time — the longer you own your bag leather, the better it looks!
Leffler’s collection of full grain leathers made from cow hides includes the LUGALAB line which is a full grain, chrome-tanned leather side that can be used to make small goods such as handbags or wallets. Our EUROLEDER selection includes some limited editions of full grain featuring Pure Aniline Finishes and pigmented finishes that are sourced from the best tanneries in the world.
Corrected grain refers to hides that have been sanded down until they're smooth enough for use in bags or other products (such as shoes). This process removes some of the natural characteristics from these so they're less likely to stretch out or become damaged by wear.
Leffler’s collection of corrected grain leathers includes the popular EUROLEDER line that is tanned in various European premium tanneries. Available in different thicknesses and finishes, these beautiful cow hides have a soft textured feel that's ideal for bags, shoes and other accessories.
Cabretta leather or sheepskin hide is one of the most popular leathers used in bag making. Sheep skins are tanned in a way that makes them soft and supple. They have a smooth, tight grain that makes them perfect for handbags and shoes. Heavier than standard garment leathers, sheep skins are also ideal for structured garments, gloves, and general craft use.
We offer a wide range of colours from black, brown, silver, and white to red accents that can be used to create custom designs with ease.
Exotic crocodile skin is one of the most sought-after leathers in the world. This is because every crocodile’s skin has its own unique pattern of scales, making each bag a one-of-a-kind creation. Our collection includes undyed and coloured varieties like black and brown.
This luxurious leather has a high density, resists water and stretches less than most other types of leather. Rather than creasing like many other leathers can do over time, cordovan produces more pronounced ripples that are useful to craftsmen in making shoes or wallets.
This shell cordovan comes from equine hide and is actually the membrane underneath the skin. Because it’s taken from around a horse's rump area, this leather tends to be very supple, which is an attractive quality for bag and shoe manufacturers.
Leffler's bag leathers will set you up with the best leather for bag making. We're proud to offer a wide variety of styles, colours and thicknesses, so you can find the right material for your project.
If you're looking for help deciding which type of Leather will work best for your project, just give us a call on 1800 337 006 or visit us in-store. We can help guide you toward finding the perfect material for your next bag creation.