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What is real leather called?

Hey guys, I'm currently in the market for a new leather jacket but I'm a bit confused about the different types of leather. I've seen some jackets labeled as 'genuine leather' while others are just labeled as 'leather'. Can someone please clarify for me what real leather is actually called? I want to make sure I'm getting a jacket made from high-quality materials. Thanks in advance for your help!

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Hey there, as someone who's always on the lookout for good quality leather products, I can tell you that real leather can be labeled in a variety of ways. 'Genuine leather' is one of the most common terms you'll see, but keep in mind that it simply means the leather is not fake or synthetic.

Other terms you might come across include 'full-grain', 'top-grain', and 'corrected-grain' leather. Full-grain leather is the highest quality type, as it's made from the top layer of the animal hide and retains all of its natural imperfections, giving it a unique texture and appearance. Top-grain leather is still high quality, but it's been buffed or sanded to remove any imperfections. Corrected-grain leather is the lowest quality type, as it's been heavily treated to remove any imperfections and create a uniform appearance.

When shopping for a leather jacket, I would recommend looking for ones labeled as full-grain or top-grain. These will be more durable and hold up over time better than jackets made of corrected-grain leather. Hope this helps!


Hello there! I'm another leather enthusiast, and I just wanted to add a quick note about tanning processes.

The process of tanning leather is incredibly important when it comes to the quality and durability of the final product. There are two main types of tanning: chrome tanning and vegetable tanning. Chrome tanning is often faster and cheaper, and the resulting leather is softer and more pliable than vegetable-tanned leather.

However, vegetable-tanned leather has some major advantages over chrome-tanned leather. Vegetable-tanned leather is more eco-friendly, as it uses natural tannins from plants instead of harsh chemicals. It's also more durable and ages beautifully, often developing a rich patina over time. Vegetable-tanned leather can be more expensive, but it's definitely worth it if you want a high-quality, long-lasting leather product.

So, when you're shopping for leather goods, take a moment to consider not just the type of leather, but also the tanning process used. A vegetable-tanned full-grain leather product will likely be the best quality and longest-lasting option, but there are other combinations to explore depending on your budget, taste, and needs.


Hi there! From my personal experience, genuine leather is the term used to denote real leather. When you see products like a real leather bag or shoes, you can be assured that it's made from authentic animal hide or skin.

But just because something is labeled as genuine leather, doesn't necessarily guarantee it's of high quality. If you're looking for a high-end leather item, then try to find products made from full-grain leather. Not only does full-grain leather look better, it's also more durable. The reason being that the natural grain of the leather has not been removed, allowing it to age gracefully over time.

I had a genuine leather purse once, and it didn't hold up well over time. It got scratched easily and the leather began to crack. When I finally decided to splurge on a full-grain leather bag, it was clear that it was worth the investment. The leather looked better, felt better, was more durable, and lasted much longer than my previous genuine leather bag.

I hope this helps you make an informed decision when shopping for leather products!


Hi everyone! As someone who has been working with leather for years, I can chime in here with a little extra information.

As others have mentioned, genuine leather is indeed the term usually used to refer to real leather. That being said, it's an incredibly broad term, and not all genuine leather is equal. Genuine leather could be anything from the top-quality full-grain leather mentioned earlier to the lesser-quality split leather, which is made from the bottom layer of the hide and is often weaker.

Another term you might come across is bonded leather, which is made from scraps of leather that are bonded together with adhesives. Bonded leather can be quite cheap, but it's also not nearly as durable as full-grain or even top-grain leather, and it can't be repaired in the way that other leather types can.

In short, genuine leather is just the start - if you're looking for a high-quality leather product, you'll want to dig a little deeper and find out what kind of leather it's made from. Full-grain and top-grain leathers are usually a good bet, but there are also other high-quality leathers out there depending on what you're looking for.

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