What is Suede Leather?

Hoi An Real Leather - Da Bao Real Leather: Closeup of blue and brown Suede leather backpack.

Most of us have seen shoes made of Suede leather. Right? It's the opposite of the polished looking shiny shoes in the shelf. The fuzzy looking Suede leather usually delivers a more Vintage, Boho or country style look.

So what's the difference?

High-quality leather is made of full grain leather, where the top layer is taken off. A leather split, so to speak. That's also why this type of leather is thinner than other hides. The thinness doesn't diminish the value of Suede though.

Which animal is Suede made from?

Suede can be produced from any animal hide. Most, however, are made from sheep, but also from lamb, goats and calves.

Hoi An Real Leather - Da Bao Real Leather: Closeup of brown suede leather backpack. Showing patch of suede leather up close.
Hoi An Real Leather - Da Bao Real Leather: Closeup of blue and brown Suede leather backpack.

Why is it called Suede?

What many people don't know, Suede is just French for Sweden. It stems from the expression 'gloves from Sweden', or 'gants de Suède', as this type of leather was used for soft leather gloves imported to France from Sweden.

Watch out when cleaning Suede

Water can make Suede look worse, so don't use water or soap to get rid of stains on your Suede bag, backpack or shoes. Stick to a Suede brush, or regular shoe brush (medium hard) to remove dirt and stains. If you want to find out more about cleaning Suede, click here. The fact Suewde is really sensitive to water makes it extra difficult to wear in unstable weather conditions.

 

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