What is suede?

The term ‘suede’ originates from France, where the phrase ‘gants de Suede’ – roughly translating to ‘gloves from Sweden’ – was used to refer to a specific type of very soft gloves which were imported from Sweden. Eventually the phrase began to refer to any type of leather based material with a napped finish.

How is Suede made?

Suede is usually made by cutting the thin innermost layer of a hide off to create a thin soft material. Technically this layer does not have to be cut off – If the leather is left intact as full grain leather then it is a tougher and more durable material however, it is not so pliable
Suede is considered a much higher quality if it is split and pliable.

Suede can come from most animals Cow. Goat, Sheep, Calf, Pig. Thicker hides do have the same feel but have a firmer feel.

What affects the quality of suede?

Suede has a nap finish and is more flexible and it’s softness and pliability are so valued. As it is thinner and softer, suede is however more vulnerable to damage.

What is suede used for?

As suede is soft, thin and pliable it can be used for many decorative creative leather goods. It is also often used as a luxurious soft inner lining for other leather products.

  • Clothing
  • Shoes
  • Bags
  • Trainers
  • Belts
  • Journals
  • Upholstery
  • Gloves
  • Lining
  • Hats