The history of the iconic black leather jacket

Have you ever wondered the history of the iconic leather jacket?! Well, look no further than this great piece that has briefly introduced where the leather jacket started its cool and badass roots. The article sums up how black leather became so popular, due to the fact hollywood movies portrayed rebels and cool kids in black leather jackets!MCDGREA EC006

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A Brief History of Leather Jackets

There is no doubt that the leather jacket is a cultural icon, but where did it start? Well, unfortunately the answer to that is not as clear as you would expect and tracing its history can be as confusing as it is frustrating…

Some people claim that leather jackets were invented for aviators to wear on bombing raids in world war two; others say that they were around before then because they were popular with the Russian Bolsheviks and were worn by the commissars during the Russian civil war. The real truth is, simple forms of leather jackets have been around for centuries, ever since humans worked out how to strip and tan the hide from the animals they had hunted for food.

Whatever the history of the leather jacket is there is no doubt that, in many different forms and guises, it is probably one of the most iconic pieces of clothing in popular culture and can mean so many different images.

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Different Leather Finishes: Pigment vs. Aniline

When buying leather, it’s always useful to know what will work best for a particular project. The finish of the leather will have a big impact on the final look and purpose of the product.  Below is a brief description of the two leather finishes most commonly applied by leather manufacturers.

Pigment Leather

Pigment Leather

Pigmented Leather also known as Corrected Grain or Finished Leather goes through a lengthy process. It is first submersed in an aniline dye solution which preps the leather.  In order to create a uniform and durable leather, the Pigmented Leather is heavily sanded, buffed, and finally sprayed with pigment. This process is the reason why it is called ‘Corrected Leather’, the goal of the process is to make the leather look smooth and remove any natural markings from the hides such as branding scars, bug bites, gashes/scratches that might have been on the cow’s skin. The final appearance of the leather finish is dull and waxy.

The benefits of Pigmented leather (Corrected Grain Leather) are it is much more durable than Aniline leather and it doesn’t fade.  The many common uses for it include: varsity jackets, children’s furniture, upholstery and car interior upholstery.



Aniline Leather

Aniline Leather

Aniline Leather or Unfinished Leather is the most natural and least processed leather. Just about 5% of cowhides are considered good enough to not go through the sanding and buffing process that Pigmented leather goes through, this makes Aniline Leather a superior leather. The only process that Aniline leather goes through is an aniline dye solution, which helps highlight the natural beauty. Aniline leather is never sanded which keeps the natural cowhide feel and grain.

The benefits of Aniline leather (Unfinished Leather) are, it is the most natural leather on the market. The leather feels more fluid, malleable, and soft. The most popular practices for Aniline Leather are for handbags, garments, and furniture. United Leathers Monte Carlo is Aniline Leather.

Next time you are shopping for leather refer back to this article to help you determine what leather finish is best suited for your leather project.

Hair Sheep vs Wool Sheep

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Hair Sheep

Hair Sheep leather characteristics

The difference between Hair Sheep and Wool Sheep are the deciding factors for what type of leather they will produce. In this brief description, we will analyze the differences between these two breeds of livestock. shaun-the-sheep-for-android-free_1465452

Hair Sheep

Hair Sheep originated from countries in the Mid East, Northern Africa and Morocco. Their origin plays an important role in their body’s fat content, hair follicles, and weight. Hair Sheep tend to be larger than their Wool Sheep counterparts. They have more hair fibers than wool sheep, and do not require shearing because their hair sheds naturally. Hair sheep also have much smaller hair cells than wool sheep. However, they are much larger than wool sheep. The only fat on their body is located at the top rear area of their backs.

Wool Sheep

Wool sheep are the other side of the coin for leather producers. This sheep species originated from England and New Zealand, and are smaller in size than hair sheep. Although they are smaller in height and length, they have much more fat on their bodies than other sheep.

Wool Sheep leather characteristics

Wool Sheep leather characteristics