How is Premium Leather Made?

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There’s nothing like the look, smell, and feel of a beautiful leather bag, wallet, or suitcase. Although many are aware that Ghurka leather products and accessories are made out of some of the finest leather around, many are unsure of how the leather is made. If you’ve always wondered how premium leather is treated and finished, here’s everything you need to know.


Leather is similar to the skin of the human body. Overtime, it fades, wrinkles, and develops new, beautiful characteristics. While eliminating these characteristics can improve the overall appearance of a piece of leather, doing this can take away from the quality. However, if there are too many flaws, the leather may also lose its appeal. To maintain the look of a leather bag, wallet, or accessory, it is essential to start with the most flawless piece of leather available. Typically, calfskin, particularly French calfskin, has the softest feel and finest grain accessible and is a choice type of leather for creating accessories.


The majority of leather hides are treated to create that signature brown or black leather color. One of the processes used to complete this is known as vegetable-tanning. This treatment type is highly beneficial because it is an environmentally responsible process and is also the most gentle on animal hides, allowing them to retain their natural beauty over time.

To create vegetable-tanned leather, hides are soaked in large drums full of this tanning substance for approximately 30 days. Then, the hides are colored using an aniline or semi-aniline treatment. At this time, the hides are submerged in a dye which allows coloring to soak deep within the porous surfaces of the leather. Once the hide is treated with pigment, it will continue to change and develop as the leather develops over time.


After the selection and treatment processes are over, the leather is then turned into the desired product. Since most premium leather pieces are made by hand, each one has unique characteristics that add to their value.

The Benefits of Leather

Accessories made out of leather can’t be matched by products made out of different materials. This is because:

  • Leather lasts. Leather accessories are known to last for many years and are better able to withstand the elements than materials like fabric, plastic, and vinyl. This is an important factor to keep in mind when you are debating whether you should purchase a leather case, travel bag, or any other product you will carry around with you on a regular basis.
  • It provides protection. If you own a camera, laptop, or any other type of technological device, you know how risky it is to carry it around with you. Leather cases and accessories will do a better job of keeping your technology safe than other products made out of different materials.
  • There’s nothing else like it. Products made out of high-quality, premium leather are an investment that will get you more compliments and use than accessories made out of other materials.

Creating premium leather is a lengthy and skilled process. However, it is well worth it due to the overall appearance, feel, and durability of products crafted out of fine leather.

Vacation hair care: Maintaining your silky locks while abroad

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When it comes to deciding what to pack for a trip or vacation, our hair is often at the bottom of our ‘Things to Take Care of’ list. However, considering how many photographs are taken when we travel, it should be one of our top priorities to ensure that our vacation pictures show us looking our best.

Adapting to a different climate

In many cases, traveling means entering into different climates, and these changes may play havoc with hair. A hairstyle that looked great at home is suddenly transformed into a frizzy mess while on vacation because of the humidity in the air, the drying effects of the sun, or even chlorinated swimming pool water.

Just as our skin needs a moisturizer to stop it from drying out, so does our hair. The first thing to remember is to pack a hydrating, moisturizing shampoo and conditioner and, if possible, a deep conditioning treatment such as a hair mask or Argan Oil, which should be used every three days or so. This will also help to add weight to hair and stop it from becoming puffy.

In most cases, hair does not need to be washed every day, so pack a shower cap for those in-between days to stop it from getting wet in the shower.

Combating “frizzy” hair and tangles

There are plenty of anti-frizz treatments available and these can prove invaluable when traveling; these should be used after washing hair, but before drying it. Once hair is dry, extra protection can be added with an anti-humidity spray. Heat protection sprays that protect the hair against harmful UV rays from the sun are also readily available.

When possible, let hair dry naturally rather than blasting it with a hairdryer, and use fingers to de-tangle hair rather than a comb or brush as these can cause split ends. It is a good idea to pack two brushes when traveling; one that is suitable for wet hair and another for dry.

Travel tips

People often want to look their best on vacation and may decide to color their hair just before they go. However, it is best to have hair colored a minimum of a week before the travel date to close the pores of the hair strands and ensure the coloring does not fade too quickly in the sun. If having highlights done, it is a good idea to ask the stylist to make them two or three shades darker than normal as they will lighten naturally in the sun.

Give hair a vacation as well by leaving heated appliances at home. In hot and humid climates, using straightening equipment or curling irons will just dry hair out more, and one could be fighting a losing battle trying to straighten curly hair in a humid environment anyway.

Enjoy a more relaxed vacation and protect hair by adopting a low maintenance hairstyle. Keep long hair tied back in a ponytail or twist it into a low chignon or topknot, and remember to pack plenty of hairpins and ponytail holders to keep these styles in place.