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Deerskin is a highly prestigious leather, with a visible grain. It is very soft to the touch, and lightweight. This thin leather also has stretch. Despite its attractive sensory qualities, it has very good durability. The characteristics and limited production of deerskin reserves it for the luxury market – it is used to make fine wallets and handbags, and also for shoes, jackets and coats, as well to clean optics or delicate surfaces.
Ostrich leather is relatively rare, and for this reason falls into the luxury bracket. It can be recognized easily from the raised points spread evenly across the surface of the leather.
Owing to its unusual texture, ostrich leather has been used for a number of iconic high-end handbags. In terms of practical benefits, it is durable and at once tough and supple.
The peccary is a member of the pig family, and looks rather like a wild boar. Peccaries are native to the Americas. They are wild animals, so are not farmed but hunted for their hides, under strict CITES controls. This means that peccary leather, where the sources are legally compliant, is sustainable and will not harm the environment. It also means that the supply of peccary is limited, thus making it more valuable.
Peccary leather is prized for its durability, elasticity and suppleness. It is also hardwearing and if looked after, can last a lifetime. Peccary has a soft, recognizably grainy surface, and a characteristic matt finish.
Ruga is very smooth, and made from calf leather. It is very soft, has a beautiful matt appearance, and is often seen in a wide range of colours since the production process renders it particularly suitable for dyes.
N.B. We have not described here the more familiar types of leather such as suede. We will add further information about special leathers in the coming months.