There’s Something About Leather
Whether it’s a beautiful brown tote, a soft pair of suede moccasins or an inviting armchair to curl up in at the end of a long day – there’s just something about leather.
Leather is a natural material, a by-product from other industries including meat, dairy and wool. Cattle hide is the most common type of leather due to the global scale of meat and dairy industries – not to mention because of its size.
What we love most about leather, is that no two pieces are the same. It’s a natural product in its rawest form, that tells stories of its former life, from healed scars, wrinkles, scratches or brand marks. And we think those imperfections are just perfect.
This practical, versatile and stylish material lends itself perfectly to the upholstery fabric industry. It’s strong and flexible, giving it an excellent resistance to abrasion, tears and deterioration over time. Leather sofas can also be enjoyed all year round due to its thermostatic permeable nature, ensuring it’s warm and welcoming in the winter, yet cool and inviting in the summer.
We have searched far and wide to source the perfect hide for our G Plan Vintage sofas. The accurate tannery process means that the final material is 100% leather and the possible evident marks of a past life are there to be cherished.
A hide has two main structural layers, the upper ‘grain’ and the lower flesh layer, the ‘split’. The thickness of these two layers depends on the animal, its age and the environment. In some cases, the hides are split, coated and textured to maximise the leather from each hide. Here at G Plan, we pride ourselves on the quality of our leathers and only use full grain hides which retain both layers, so that our sofas benefit from the highest strength and the most natural visual characteristics of leather.