Tanning the flesh side of the hide makes Suede, whose surface feels like velvet.
The Suede we use comes exclusively from goat which gives the finest velvet surface with an elegant lustre.
The suede is available in many colours and is very soft and smooth. It is most suitable for lighter garments such as waist-length jackets, lumber jackets and more elegant jackets.
We use suede from Spain and Italy.
Suede is a Swedish invention. (Suède is the French word for Sweden)
A new suede garment can run colour because of the small particles of grinding dust which will disappear after a short time of use.
By tanning the hair side of the hide you will get nappaleather with the significant, shiny surface.
The nappa we use comes more often from lamb as this is very soft and light. The nappa is available in many different colours and suitable for all kinds of garments. Some of the nappaleather is treated with different waxes to create a more life-like surface.
Our nappa comes mainly from a Spanish sheep breed called enterfino featuring a smooth feeling and a wonderful look.
Nappa is also available in elk leather.
Grind the nappa surface and you get nubuck. Nubuck looks a bit like suede, a bit smoother though. There are different kinds of nubuck qualities depending on the grade of grinding.
The nubuck in our garments feature the finest structure as it comes from lamb and calf. Available in many different colours and suitable for all kinds of garments.
Our nubuck comes from Spain and Italy
Double face (fur suede)
Fur suede or double-face means that both sides of the hides are tanned and significant is the use of both sides in the garment.
Our double face comes from Merino and Toscana sheep. These breeds give the finest fur with the highest quality and is the lightest. The Toscana fur is mainly used for collars, sleeve folds and other details to which this long-hairy fur fits perfectly.
Double-face is available in many different colours and suitable for all kinds of autumn/winter garments. The length of the Merino wool is 5-10 mm and of the Toscana approx 30 mm.
In a double face fur coat, the fur surface is inside and the suede surface is the outer of the garment. There is also a possibility to get a nappa-like outer by waxing the surface. This is called nappalan and is available more or less nappa-like depending on the waxing method used. We mostly use nappalan which still has got a light suede look.
Our double-face comes from Spain.
The leather material used in all our garments is impregnated and needs no treatment when it is new. After some years of use a new impregnation can be made if you want a more repellent and durable surface. Quite ordinary impregnation for textile and leather can be used. Read the instructions for the impregnation before you use it. The colour can be somewhat darker after impregnation. Try first inside the garment.
A wet garment must be dried in room temperature and if it is made of suède or nubuck brush it slightly with a soft brush after drying. After drying, the garment can have a “papery” feeling and needs to be softened by rubbing it carefully. The garment will also be softer simply by using. When the garment has “lost its shape” you can iron it carefully with steem at low temperature. Never use the iron directly on the leather surface, there might be marks. Use a piece of cloth.
Remove spots as quickly as possible. Ordinary spots can be removed with a wet cloth. Do not rub, just dab the spot. A greasy spot can be removed by pulverizing a piece of white chalk on the spot. After a couple of minutes the powder can be removed. Repeat if necessary. If the treated area looks lighter rub the surface with the palm until it is warm.
Leather grease can be used on nappa leather to make lighter spots dark. Try on the inside first to make sure the surface will not be too dark.
We are of course always at disposal to repair your garment if necessary. It might be all from changing lining or zippers to replace pieces of the garment.