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What is 'Split Leather'?

When it comes to choosing leather products, understanding the differences in quality and characteristics of different types of leather is crucial.

In this blog series, we delve into the distinctions between full grain, corrected grain and bonded leather, to help you make an informed purchase.

Split Leather

Director of NSW Leather Co., Ian Fischl, sheds light on the nuances of split leather, commonly found in products labeled as "genuine leather". Despite its lower durability compared to full grain, split leather finds its niche in various applications, particularly in creating suede or suede-like materials due to its fuzzy finish.

Characteristics of Split Leather

Derived from the lower layers of the animal hide, split leather distinguishes itself from full grain leather in terms of durability. The soft and luxurious texture of split leather makes it a popular choice for products like shoes and upholstery, offering a distinctive tactile experience.

Polyurethane Finish and Grain Patterns

To enhance its longevity and visual appeal, split leathers undergo treatment with a polyurethane agent. This finish not only adds durability but also provides a smoother appearance. Many split leathers are further adorned with printed grain patterns, mimicking the aesthetics of more premium leather types and creating a polished visual effect.

Genuine Leather Belts: A Blend of Style and Durability

Our collection proudly features genuine leather belts crafted from split leather, making them the perfect finishing touch for formal and professional occasions. Balancing the softness of suede with the refined appearance of polyurethane-treated split leather, these belts embody the ideal blend of style and durability.

Quality Assurance

Melissa Gibson, Director of Buckle, underscores the importance of quality testing for split leather products. Our commitment to rigorous quality control ensures that each item not only meets but exceeds the highest standards of longevity. This thoughtful approach assures customers of the durability and reliability of our split leather offerings.

In the realm of genuine leather, split leather may not match the resilience of full grain, but its unique qualities make it a sought-after choice for specific applications. Explore our genuine leather belt collection, where the elegance of split leather converges with Buckle's commitment to quality craftsmanship, offering quality and style for every occasion.