SPLIT! Is the first collection we created at Yurs all made of split leather.
But what is split leather?
Leather, just like wood, is a large and generic term that includes a wide range of hides and when you’re shopping for leather, it can be quite confusing: Is it bullhide, cowhide or sheepskin? Is it a shoulder, a side or a back cut? Is it natural leather, vegetable leather, full grain,
We lost you at sheepskin, haven’t we?
Well, to make it simple, there’re a lot of different leathers on the market and every kind of leather has its own set of characteristics that makes each one of them best suitable for a specific kind of use.
Whether it’s for furnishings, belts, horse saddles or shoe soles, every product has its own requirements in terms of resistance, softness and finishing. This is why the selection of the right leather is crucial when designing a leather good.
Now most leathers on the market go through a long process with multiple treatments in order to create certain effects or enhance certain properties. Whether it’s through dying, buffing, sanding or embossing, some operations are intended to make the material suitable for use while some other operations are intended to alter the material somehow and give it an effect it doesn’t naturally have.
At Yurs, we consider leather a living material that evolves with time and use. Sensitive to its environment, it’s a skin that ages with abrasion and exposure to air and sun. Our aim is to be as faithful as possible to this material, to take into consideration its qualities as much as its flaws and to be overall considerate of its essence. This is why we decided to work with a natural hide with the least treatments possible translating the essence of the leather and the spirit of our products’ line.
Now what exactly is split leather? Split is the name commonly used to designate the lower layer of a hide once the top-grain has been cut.
It is often used in shoe and furniture making for its breathability and a long-lasting use. Although it can be disregarded by the leather industry and considered a less noble material, we decided we wanted to highlight this material’s beauty with this Lebanese split leather: its undyed finish that gives it a rare medium taupe colour and a cloudy gradient pattern makes each and every piece of hide unique and therefore each and every bag created using it one of a kind.