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Leather Types

About Bessie Hide

Bessie Hide handcrafts each and every bag into an original work of art, using the Artisan process, which is unbeatable. And by cutting out the middleman, their prices can’t be beat either. Created from love, strict attention to detail is the only way that Bessie Hide creates their Leather Hide Bags. Each leather bag is individually crafted by a master craftsman. Using no mass production processes guarantees that each leather bag is exquisitely unique – the only one of its exact kind in the world! Made from Full Grain Leather, the beauty each bag expresses, only gets better with time; the longer you use it, the smoother and softer it becomes.


Full Grain Leather is of the highest quality leather available, unlike “corrected grain leather”. Full Grain Leather has not been sanded, buffed or snuffed, and remains in its natural state (as opposed to top-grain or corrected leather) to remove imperfections (or natural marks) on the surface of the hide. Keeping the grain allows the fiber to remain strong, durable, allowing the leather to breath and be much more resistant to moisture.


Top-grain leather (the most common type in high-end leather products) is the second-highest quality. Usually, to obtain top grain leather, the top layer of skin from blemished hides is split. Its surface can be sanded and a finish coat added, which produces a colder, plastic feel with less breathability, and it develops less natural patina. It is typically less expensive.


Corrected Grain or Genuine Leather it’s Corrected grain leather, also known as genuine leather, is produced using the skin layers that remain after the top is split off. Just like the top grain leather, it is also sanded to remove natural imperfections. Usually, the surface is spray painted and embossed with a leather-like pattern to resemble natural appearance. However, the processing alters the inherent breathability of the leather.