The Complete Guide to Hermés Leathers

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Who doesn’t love the unique leather types and styles that Hermes has to offer? At times it can get a bit confusing as Hermes offers more variety of leathers than any other luxury brand. So in order to ease the headache, I’ve created this complete guide to help you guys navigate and understand more about the types of leathers Hermes uses to build their legendary iconic bags.

Here we go…

BARENIA NATURAL

Made from smooth calf skin. Originally used for Hermes horse saddles. This leather type is both water and scratch resistant.

BARENIA

 

BOX CALF

Made from calf leather which is smooth and glossy. More prone to getting scratched and scuffed up, however the technique of buffing can rejuvenate the leather to its original form. Frequently used in vintage models, and not rain friendly.

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BUFFALO

Made from water buffalo. This leather is soft, pebbled, and water resistant. May look spotted as a result of the dye gathering more towards the center of the pebbles.

Buffalo

 

CHAMONIX

A matte rendition of the box calf. This leather is smooth and shiny, but not water friendly.

Blue Chamonix

 

CHEVRE DE COROMANDEL

Made from soft goat leather, which is light-weight and scratch resistant.

Chevre De Coromandel

 

CHEVRE MYSORE

Much like the Chevre De Coromandel this leather is soft goat leather that is light and scratch resistant. The only difference is that the grains are more refined.

Chevre Mysore

 

CLEMENCE

Made from the hides of baby bulls and is one of the most popular Hermes leathers. This leather is scratch resistant, heavy, soft, and not rain friendly. It also has a matte-like finish.

clemence

 

DOBLIS SUEDE

Classic suede leather. Keep away from moisture.

doblis suede

 

EPSOM

This leather is scratch resistant, durable, and lightweight. It is also easy to clean.

epsom leather

To be continued…

 

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