The most practical type of leather can vary with its intended use. For instance, a leather backpack is best in cowhide because it is very durable and less likely to tear. A stylish handbag in lambskin is favored by those that prefer the soft feel, while cowhide has the ability to last the longest. Also, a camera case in artificial leather is appreciated for not only giving great durability but also a perfectly smooth finish.
Here are a few of the popular types of leather:
Cowhide leather is naturally sourced from a cow. It is a popular choice for a wide range of fashion items, as well as home furniture and automobile seats. Cowhide is a durable fabric that gives long-term service and usually has a noticeable texture with a feeling that is slightly rough. Many of the high-end manufacturers use the very expensive and quality pieces of cowhide to create their products, such as brands like Fendi and Coach.
The lambskin leather is taken from sheep. This type of leather is a little thinner than cowhide and more favored on the smaller items. It has a really smooth and soft texture. But, this fabric is more likely to become indented, scratch or tear compared to the significantly more durable cowhide.
Artificial leather (also referred to as faux leather) has the appearance much like real leather but is a lot more inexpensive and doesn’t feel quite the same. This artificial leather is smooth and rarely has the deformities or creases or real leather. Leather sourced from an animal naturally has scrapes and cuts. Artificial leather can give the more perfect finish. Also, it is the right choice for those that prefer not to wear products made with animal skin.
Patch leather refers to a type of leather that is made up of several small pieces. It is usually created using either lambskin or cowhide. This leather is often the most cost-effective because it is basically made up of left over pieces. Even though it can include high quality pieces of leather, it is still unable to attract the most favorable prices.
Suede is a type of leather with a fuzzy look and soft feel that makes it a favorite choice for a wide range of bag styles, such as the backpack style handbags and hobo handbags.
While cowhide is the most common type of leather for making bags or similar accessories, there are a few other more exotic leather materials, such as lizard, crocodile, python, ostrich and fish.