An Insider’s Guide to Maiden Home Leather

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An Insider’s Guide to Maiden Home Leather

03/05/2021
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The Jones Modular in Camel Tuscan Leather

The rich texture, supple hand, and exceptional durability of leather transform any piece into a timeless design. Whether it's the buttery-soft, hand-polished finish of Tuscan Leather, our contemporary Pebbled Leather with a hint of texture, or the soft, suede-like feel of Nubuck Leather, we’ve curated an assortment of Italian leathers to perfectly match the aesthetic and function of your home.

Discover the world behind our top grain Italian leather—from the heritage craftsmanship to the distinct style and durability profile of each collection—for a luxurious look and quality to last a lifetime.

TIMELESS CRAFTSMANSHIP

TIMELESS CRAFTSMANSHIP

Our leather partner, Moore & Giles, has been in the leather industry since the Great Depression. It has since become a leader in sustainable leather production with a global network of ranchers and tanneries. These leather producers—largely small and family-run—offer some of the best leathers in the industry. Their time-honored techniques lend themselves to hides that not only look and feel amazing, but also stand the test of time—after all, they’ve been producing hides the same way for centuries.

A man holding up a full hide of leather for inspection

We’ve taken great care to hand-select a curated assortment of tried-and-true shades to complement your home. Our Tuscan and Pebbled Leather Collections are sourced from the same fifth-generation tannery in Bassano, Italy. And while both offer best-in-class quality and craftsmanship by design, each has a distinct style and durability profile.

TUSCAN LEATHER

TUSCAN LEATHER

The Tuscan Leather Collection is crafted from premium quality hides, which are saturated with rich color to achieve our range of neutral shades. With minimal processing, the natural qualities of the leather, like scratches, stretch marks, or bites may be present—all contributing to the natural beauty of the material, making each piece upholstered in Tuscan truly unique. Each hide is individually hand-polished, giving Tuscan Leather its exceptionally soft hand and an aesthetic that is both modern and timeless.

Designer Tip: Since leather is stretched during the upholstery process (especially for tight-backed styles like The Carmine or Ludlow Collections), there will be variation in the tone of Tuscan Leather on more taut areas of your sofa like the back or arms. In order to get a sense for the range, press your finger onto the back of your leather swatch and pull down, revealing the shades that may appear on your sofa. 

The Bond Chair in Camel Tuscan Leather.
The Leroy Chair in Bourbon Tuscan Leather with Coffee wood finish.
The Mott Stool in Seal Tuscan Leather with Natural Ash wood finish.

PEBBLED LEATHER

PEBBLED LEATHER

For a more contemporary look with a touch of texture, our Pebbled Leather Collection is offered in two curated colorways, each with an ultra-soft, supple hand. As the hides are lightly treated and finished with a beautiful pebble grain texture, natural markings that one can expect from our Tuscan Leather Collection won’t be visible. If you’re concerned about pets or kids scratching your piece, our Pebbled Leather offers a highly durable, matte texture that will disguise everyday wear and tear, while adding beautiful dimension and textural interest.  

The Hudson Daybed in Stone Pebbled Leather and Polar Performance Bouclé.
The Wythe Bed in Ash Pebbled Leather.
The Hudson Daybed in Stone Pebbled Leather and Polar Performance Bouclé.

NUBUCK LEATHER

NUBUCK LEATHER

Our nubuck leather is a top-grain Italian leather that gives a soft, suede-like texture and velvety hand. Each hide is lightly buffed, adding a sophisticated finish with variation to each piece. Its luxury is felt in the refined texture and soft glow created by the way light is subtly reflected off of its surface. Natural variation and pebbling will be present when this leather is pulled for upholstery, highlighting the unique character and beauty of each hide. You can mimic the range of tones by pulling your finger along the back of the swatch.

The Mercer Chairs in Tide Nubuck Leather with The Morro Tables in Driftwood finish.

CARING FOR LEATHER UPHOLSTERY

CARING FOR LEATHER UPHOLSTERY

Leather upholstered furniture has been known to last nearly three times as long as fabric upholstery, making it well worth the investment for handmade furniture. While you should avoid placing your leather furniture in direct sunlight, dusting with a dry cloth periodically is typically all that’s needed to care for your leather piece.

Leathers treated with a wax finish, like our Tuscan Leather, will show surface scratches fairly easily. While scratches are easily buffed out by applying light heat and rubbing the wax back into place, our recommendation is always to embrace the natural wear process as part of the unique beauty of top-quality leathers.

As nubuck is made from top-grain leather, it is more durable and long-lasting compared to suede. Though it is treated during tanning, spills should immediately be wiped away to avoid staining. Never use harsh solvents or cleaners that are not specifically recommended for nubuck leather. For detailed care instructions on Nubuck Leather, download our Nubuck Leather Guide or visit our Care Guide.

Each of our high quality leather collections will develop a beautiful patina that only gets better with age—fulfilling our mission to deliver luxury, custom made pieces that will stand the test of time.

For more information on caring for Italian leathers, download our artisan partner Moore & Giles' Leather Care Guide.

A laydown of various leather swatches on a marble surface.

START WITH SWATCHES

Order a complimentary leather swatch kit of our premium leather assortment—in your choice of 5 leather hues—and experience the beauty of our top-quality Italian leather in your home.

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