Types of leather

Smooth Leather

Smooth leather is a collective term for the types of leather whose grain side is processed on the outside regardless of the thickness of the natural grain of the animal. The grain side is the side where the fur originally grew.


Suede is a collective term for types of leather with a rough surface. There are two types: The downwardly split, rough surface of a skin on both sides and the upwardly processed, uncoated reverse side of a skin.

Nubuck leather

Nubuck is a suede that is sanded on the grain side. When the leather is sanded, the smooth side is roughened until it has the typical velvety surface. This also gives the nubuck leather a warm feel and high breathability. The hides of cattle, calves, goats, lambs or deer are used for nubuck leather. Nubuck leather is used in the furniture industry, for handbags and clothing as well as in the shoe industry.


Buckskin is a type of leather made from the skin of non-domesticated animals, including deer, elk, roe deer, kangaroo and wild boar skin. Suede is used to make shoes, jackets and trousers.

Nappa leather

Nappa leather, originally named after the Napa Valley in the USA, is a chrome-tanned full-grain smooth leather from calf or sheep, which either comes from the original skin surface or has been embossed into smooth leather. Today, nappa leather is the collective term for particularly supple, smooth leather for all animal species and uses.

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