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Leather Buying Basics

As an organic material, leather boasts unique characteristics that can cause subtle variance in everything from color to size. With the right planning, these differences can work in your favor to create remarkable, one-of-a-kind details. To achieve the best possible results, here are a few points to consider before placing a leather order

Tandy sources leather from tanneries worldwide, typically sold in the same form they are received. While the leather industry has general terms to that apply to leather to aid with buying—such as hides, sides, skins, splits, and bellies—the size of skins vary and, as a result, so do end-products

While measures are taken to ensure accuracy between photography and true-life products, slight discrepancies may occur due to print quality, monitor displays, and slight variations in dye lots. If color consistency is critical to your project, order extra material upfront to ensure best results.

Weight & Thickness
Leather is conventionally measured in ounces, where one ounce equals 1/64” (0.4 mm) of an inch in thickness. Since each animal skin is different, slight variations in thickness may occur throughout a hide. To minimize this, hides are typically split using a machine, with leather products sold with a thickness range to account for these variations

For simplicity, leather is priced in two ways:
  1. Each One flat price per leather product, regardless of size differences.
  2. Size Price is calculated by a set rate for each square foot or meter. When purchasing price-by-size material, you’ll receive an approximate cost, which will be adjusted to reflect the actual price after measurement at checkout, so you only pay for the material you receive
Leather Grading

B Grade Maximum workable space has minimal defects. Defects are typically limited to edges, but there may be minimal defects in center areas.

C Grade These hides will generally have more visible defects than higher-graded hides, but are a great quality, money-saving alternative