It's All About The Leather

We use leather to make a large majority of our products and we get our beautiful hides from a company called Moore & Giles Leather. They are a company that was founded in 1933 in Lynchburg, Virginia, and are "dedicated to designing and developing the most innovative and luxurious natural leathers for the high-end hospitality, aviation and residential interior design industries."

They have a number of very thorough and informative resources on their website and we thought we'd share some of them.  


"Moore & Giles is dedicated to designing and developing the most innovative and luxurious natural leathers. Our headquarters in Virginia, houses 4 million square feet of leather providing designers access to an array of leathers with the highest level of quality, craftsmanship and originality. With this access comes a true "Freedom of Color.""


"Full Grain refers to leather that has not been altered by sanding or buffing. Full Grain leather retains the grain layer, original texture and markings that naturally occur during the lifetime of the animal and create a one-of-a-kind look for each upholstered product. The vast majority of Moore & Giles leathers are designed on Full Grain hides.

Full Grain is often confused with Top Grain, but "Top Grain" leather simply comes from the uppermost portion of a hide - the term "Top Grain" is refering to the layer of the hide from which the leather originates. Leather is split into layers and sold as two different products: Top Grain and Split leather. From the Top Grain portion of a hide comes both Full Grain and Corrected Grain leathers."


"Corrected Grain is also Top Grain leather. Corrected Grain leather undergoes a light buffing process to better absorb dye and minimize the appearance of blemishes and natural leather markings on its surface. Corrected Grain leather is often preferred for use in projects where uniform color desired. 

Nubuck, a Corrected Grain leather, is Top Grain leather where the top hair cell layer has been removed by sanding, resulting in a luxurious nap and velvet-like surface."


This video explains more about the different types of leathers:

Moore & Giles - Leather Education: Types of Leather from Moore & Giles, Inc. on Vimeo.


"Leather is one of man’s earliest and most useful discoveries - a sustainable material that is transformed from a waste product into a beautifully durable and luxurious product. Learn how leather will increase in beauty and value with time."


"It's a question we answer everyday. Our customer care team is trained specifically to guide you through selecting leather. We know each project is unique, but from our 83 years of experience we have created a general guide to some of the most common sizes."


"We love leather and we are certain once you see and feel Moore & Giles leather you will agree. That's why we offer complimentary sampling for designers and customers. Let us send you samples today for your next project and you can judge for yourself if our leather measures up."



(Via Moore & Giles