The benefits of a leather sample swatch

Leather characteristics vary from hide to hide. To get a better vision for your final leather product it is beneficial to see and feel the leather in person. We did our best to display the leather hides on our website, but not all computer monitors are created equal.  The best way to find the leather your’re looking for, is to purchase a sample swatch.

reclaimed leather earings

A leather sample swatch will help you greatly in your decision making. When you purchase a sample swatch, you get to feel the flexibility, softness and thickness of the leather, which you wouldn’t get just by looking at the pictures online. Another benefit of sample swatches, is if you can’t decide between a couple colors, you can use the samples and put it next to the other material that you might be using for your product to compare which color complements it best. United Leather’s swatches are about 2″ x 3″, if you collect a handful of leather swatch samples, you can re purpose them and create leather crafts and accessories, such as floral pins, wallets, and leather jewelry.

United Leather’s sample swatches are made using an industrial heat press. You can play the video to watch the process. The individual sample swatches are two dollars a piece and the complete sample swatch color rings are fifteen dollars.  Call us or order online to purchase your leather sample swatches.

Click on the links below to watch how sample leather swatches are made!

heat press leather sample cutter

swatch sample ring collection



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

Below is the excerpt and you can read further by clicking on the link.

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.