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Our leather is Full Grain leather tanned here in the USA. Full Grain leather is the highest quality of leather you can get. Full grain leather has not had the top separated to hide flaws; neither have any polyurethane products been smoothed over the surface of leather to hide natural imperfections.
Full grain leather will show its beauty unabashed. The markings acquired by the animal throughout its life are intact, which honor the life of the animal it came from.
When taken care of, your full-grain leather will last a very, very long time.
For more information on the different types of leather, and common leather terminology, visit our "Leather 101" page here: https://chicsparrow.com/pages/leather-101 as well as our blog called "Secret Leather Lingo".
The purpose of this blog is to showcase (and celebrate) the unique and wonderful variation leather has, and to help you get to know our leathers and the unique characteristics they possess.
We hope this will help represent the colors and textures well, and that it will be a useful tool in knowing what kind of unique variation one can expect.
The following 3 lined segment is true for all leathers:
In the above image, you see the three most common textures of our Creme leather - we used Creme Brûlée as the example, because it is light in color and easy to see texture.
Creme leather can be perfectly smooth throughout.
The above pictured textures are true throughout the Black Beauty and Chocolate leathers as well.
Characterized by its rustic range markings and pliable nature, the Outlander in Jitney Red has a wide array of beautiful variation.
Above, you will see up close some "not so common" characteristics of the Jitney Red leather.
First image: Perfectly smooth - little to no markings - very uncommon.
Second image: Stretch marks and fat rolls - if you receive a piece with those gorgeous lines and rolls, you know you have something special.
This is the color of the Hide when it is brand new (5). Over time it will darken, just like all leathers. The Buttered Rum turns into a "toasty", honey-brown over time (6).
These lines are not "defects" (7), but rather beauty marks. These markings can be found throughout the Mr. Darcy line, in the Toffee, Burgundy and Black, but will vary in between lots.
The Pemberley leather is supple and glossy, with a soft hand and luxurious texture. The texture can vary from tight pebbling to larger pebbling, and the color will vary as well, depending on what part of the hide your notebook is made from.
Character notes - applicable to all Pemberley colors:
Above is the Pemberley leather in Aubergine. Notice the varying texture and color variation! The Aubergine varies from deep plum to violet. This color is very similar to the now retired "Carie Harling's Violet".
The Odyssey Collection is made up of an adventurous group of characters including the above pictured "Siren", as well as "Penelope", "Poseidon", and "Athena" (scroll down for photos). These notebooks start out with the Mr. Darcy leather, which is known for it's smooth texture and impressionable qualities. The pieces are hand-picked for the upmost color and natural range markings. We then further enhance the leather by hand, making sure to use processes that compliment the leather's natural variation. The finished product is a soft, supple piece of leather that has that "loved and lived-in" feel. This is the perfect choice for adventure and art journaling. These journals have stories to tell and miles to go.
Poseidon is a regal, jet-black character with varying texture, but not a lot of color variation.
Ranges in several shades of dark burgundy.
Read more about the Patina line here.
The above pictured Patina is brand new. The leather is creamy beige, with varying leather variations. The feel is soft, but not floppy. This leather is typically very smooth to the touch.
The above pictured Patina notebook was done in Mingliu font with a Medium engraving. The notebook (at the time the photo was taken) was made about 3 months ago, and as you can see, the honey brown Patina has started to set in quite handsomely.
Rustic. I love that description. Many things come to mind when I hear that word:
And of course, Chic Sparrow rustic totes! These bags are year-round, life-long companions. The leather is thick-cut, completely full-grain (of course) and smells heavenly.
Here are some characteristics you can expect when you receive your new Tote:
Here are some things you should not expect:
Rustic Totes are made with pull-up leather. For a quick definition of "pull-up" check out this video.
Because of the high oil-content, you will find that the leather changes color as you bend, squish or roll your leather.
You may notice scratches and nicks accumulating as you use the bag, but many of these markings can actually be massaged out.
1. Warm the leather with your hands
2. Massage the affected area very gently with your hands/fingers
Thank you for reading, I hope this has been helpful to some extent. We will add more leathers and photos as they become available for demonstration. If you have a specific question regarding leather variation, feel free to submit an inquiry to our customer service:
We'd love to hear from you!