Each Piece Unique


by Ruth Henrickson October 27, 2016

Earthy. Durable. Lasting. Beautiful. Memorial. 

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 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.

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. 

Creme Leather

creme texture

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.

It is quite unusual for Creme leather to be perfectly smooth throughout.

The above pictured textures are true throughout the Black Beauty and Chocolate leathers as well. 

Outlander - Jitney Red

Jitney Red color

Characterized by its rustic range markings and pliable nature, the Outlander in Jitney Red has a wide array of beautiful variation.

  1. Dark, rich, reddish brown - This color is highly sought after, but only small portions of the hide come out in this tone.
  2.  Fiery Red makes up a very small percentage of the color variation.
  3. Auburn, and reddish brown - These are the most common color variations of the Jitney Red color. 

 

 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. 

Mr. Darcy - Buttered Rum 

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  1.  This piece of Buttered Rum has a bit of a texture to it - what some people refer to as "elephant wrinkles". Although characterized by it's  somewhat shiny surface and impressionable nature, not all Mr. Darcy leather will be perfectly smooth. 
  2.  These beautiful markings we call "fat rolls". It is fairly common to find piece of Darcy with this glorious marbling effect. 
  3. &  4. are examples of smooth, "creamy", pieces.

br 5-7

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.  

Pemberley Collection

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  1. English Rose
  2. Tenerife Sea

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. 

p aubergine

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". 

Odyssey

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Siren

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.

  1. Odysseys come with an array of different markings - no two will be alike.
  2.  Depending on the piece, the color will vary from buttery yellow to light brown. 
  3. You are free to include a note on your order requesting certain characteristics, but please keep in mind we aren't able to guarantee we will be able to fulfill your request. (See our blog on "Comments, Requests at Checkout".
  4. Common color variation 

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Athena

  1. Variation in interior pockets
  2. Character distressing
  3. The notebook on the right in this photo is shown with black elastic and dark edging. If you would like a different color of elastic, please include that in your notes. We have black, white, and brown.
  4. Color and texture variation: the texture an Odyssey has is completely dependent on the leather itself. If the leather doesn't want to wrinkle, it just won't. 

Poseidon 1-4

Poseidon

Poseidon is a regal, jet-black character with varying texture, but not a lot of color variation. 

  1.  This notebook is extremely soft and pliable. Some might call it "floppy". 
  2.  The natural texture of the hide allowed this piece to become wonderfully wrinkled.
  3. The Poseidon will have dyed black edging/stitching.
  4. Texture variation. 

Pen 1-4

Penelope 

Ranges in several shades of dark burgundy. 

  1. Character piece
  2. Texture variation 
  3. The natural variation in the hide allowed numbers 3 & 4 to become beautifully wrinkled (a highly sought after look). 
  4. Dark edging and/or dyed stitching is to be expected. 

Patina

  1. Pyrographic engravings are burned into the leather.
  2. Smooth, vegetable tanned full grain leather with a purely natural finish.
  3. Darkens and patinas naturally over time.

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.

patina JA

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. 

 

Thank you for reading, I hope this has been helpful to some extent. We will add more leathers as they come available for demonstration. If you have a specific question regarding the natural variation leather can have, feel free to submit an inquiry to our customer service:

support@chicsparrow.com

We'd love to hear from you!




Ruth Henrickson
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