Reference: Hermes(groupie)'s Leather Book

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  1. #1 Sep 20, 2006
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    NOTE : THIS IS STILL UNDER CONSTRUCTION 2/19/2010

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    Moderators' Note:
    Welcome to the Leather Book!! Special Thank you to our wonderful Hermesgroupie for taking the time to gather this information for the members back when our subforum was new!! We raise our glasses to you dear, :drinkup: wherever you are. :heart:

    In 2010, we added new swatches from the members, and more information to the thread. Thank You to all of the wonderful members who have participated in this ongoing effort. If you would like to add something, please contact a moderator, and we will help you grow our Book !

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    BOX CALF, BLACK
    The quintessential Hermes leather. A veau, or calf leather, this leather has been around since Hermes has been making handbags. It is a smooth leather with a glossy finish that is susceptible to scratches. However, the scratches eventually blend into one glossy mirror-like patina, that box afficionados crave. Care must be taken with this leather when raining, if the raindrops are not wiped off, the leather will blister. Under the right care, box calf can last for generations.

    More pictures of black box can be found in the Overflow thread, here.

    For Rouge Hermes Box Calf, click here.
    For other colors of Box Calf, click here.

    Photo Credits
    #1 Hermesgroupie :heart: we miss you!!!!
    #2 robee
    #3 CobaltBlu
    #4 CobaltBlu, illustrates common, everyday scratches fixable at spa
    #5 LGA82, vintage black box after spa treatment
     
    box1.jpg Black Box robee.jpg black box1 CB.jpg black box2 CB scr.jpg black box vintage post spa LGA82.JPG
  2. #2 Sep 20, 2006
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    CHAMONIX
    The matte version of boxcalf. This leather handles scratches better than boxcalf, but is worse in the rain, with a greater tendency to blister. The finish applied to this leather gives it an almost plastic appearance. The picture below appears to have a gloss, do not be mislead, it is matte.

    Photo Credits
    #1 Hermesgroupie
    #2 Robee ~ natural
    #3 bags to die for ~ natural
     
    chamonix1.jpg Chamonix Natural robee.jpg natural chamonix bags to die for.JPG
  3. #3 Sep 20, 2006
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    BARENIA NATURAL
    The original saddle leather. This leather is double tanned in chrome and vegetable dyes and then soaked in a mix of nine different oils over a 5 to 6 week process. The process causes the leather fibers to soak up all the oils. This leaves the leather with an interesting characteristic. When scratched, the scratches can be rubbed off with a few swipes of your finger, because Barenia can absorb the oils. Also, when rained upon, the water droplets will eventually evaporate. There is no aniline finish, therefore, this leather will develop a patina. Here is the link to the tannery: Tanneries Haas

    For additional pictures of barenia natural, see the Overflow thread here.

    For Barenia in additional colors, click here

    Photo Credits
    #1 Hermesgroupie
    #2. w.y.h.
    #3 docride
    #4 cobaltblu
    #5 cobaltblu (barenia edge of leather card case, vision size)
     
    barenia1.jpg naturale barenia wyh.jpg barenia doc.JPG barenia2 CB.jpg barenia edge 1 CB.jpg
  4. #4 Sep 20, 2006
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    PEAU PORC
    Another of Hermes's classic leathers, but retired during the last 10 years. A long lasting durable leather that can last generations if maintained. It is lightweight. This leather is available matte or lisse and can be dyed. Horrible in rain, this leather will blister.

    Photo Credits
    #1 Hermesgroupie
    #2 docride
    #3 880
     
    peau porc1.jpg peau porc doc.JPG swatch - porc 880.jpeg
  5. #5 Sep 20, 2006
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    TOGO
    Baby calf leather, a veau. To some it is heavy. Others find the aroma heavenly. It is a soft leather, but not as much as clemence. To many, one of the hallmarks of togo is veining. However, togo can be veined or unveined. It is a finer grain than clemence, and slightly more pronounced. It is scratchproof and can be refurbished to almost as good as new.

    For more pictures of BLACK togo, visit the Overflow thread here

    For GOLD togo, visit the Overflow thread here.

    More pictures of togo in other colors, visit the Overflow thread here and here.

    Photo Credit
    #1 mudmud ~ bleu de prusse
    #2 CobaltBlu ~ chartreuse
    #3 lvpiggy ~ chocolate
    #4 wigglytuff ~ ciel
    #5 LGA82 ~ etoupe
     
    Togo bleu de P mudmud.JPG Togo Chartreuse CB.jpg Togo chocolate lvpiggy.jpg Togo ciel wigglytuff.jpg togo etoupe togo LGA82.jpg
  6. #6 Sep 20, 2006
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    CLEMENCE
    Official name is veau taurillon clemence. It is baby bull and heavy. Perhaps the leather with most slouch to it. It is a broader, flatter grain. The grain has a tendency to come to the surface and this is evidenced by cracking of the resin along the edges of the bag. Around since the 1980's, it is becoming a classic. Another of the Hermes leathers that can be refurbished to almost as good as new.

    More pictures in the Overflow thread here.

    Etoupe here

    Photo Credits
    #1 Hermesgroupie
    #2 mudmud ~ blue jean
    #3 poshhoney ~ orange
    #4 LGA82 ~ rouge h
    #5 sakara54 ~ vert cru
     
    clemence1.jpg Clemence blue jean mudmud.JPG Clemence orange poshhoney.jpg clemence rouge H LGA82.jpg Clemence vert cru sakara54.jpg
  7. #7 Sep 21, 2006
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    EPSOM
    This is an embossed leather, in other words the pattern is imprinted into the leather and what you see is not its natural grain. The process of embossing compresses the leather and gives the leather some rigidity. This is a phenomenon common to all the embossed leathers and to the stretched ones as well. Epsom appears to be laminated as it is easy to clean with a damp cloth, which is one of the advantages to this leather. In addition, it is lightweight.

    Photo Credits
    #1 Hermesgroupie
    #2 880 ~noir
    #3 PennyD2911 ~ bouganvillier
    #4 lvpiggy ~ rouge garrance
    #5 vert olive ~ cayenne pepper
     
    epsom1.jpg epsom  black 880.jpeg epsom bouganvillier pennyD2911.jpg epsom rouge garance lvpiggy.jpg Epsom vert olive Cayenne pepper.JPG
  8. #8 Sep 21, 2006
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    COURCHEVEL
    Now only seen in small accessories, this leather is very similar to epson in appearance. Another embossed leather, it has the same properties as epson. It is lightweight and easy to clean. The slight difference is that courchevel is shinier and darker at the top of the grain. I believe it may be dyed in a 2 dye process and then treated with a laminate.

    Photo Credits
    #1 Hermesgroupie
    #2 tesi ~ blue France
    #2 Louisey Peasy ~ vert clair
     
    courcheval1.jpg courchevel blue france tesi.jpg courchevel-vert-clair louisey peasy.jpg
  9. #9 Sep 21, 2006
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    AGNEAU
    Lambskin. Very soft with a gentle hand. It is prone to scratches but ages well with a slight patina and slight greying around the edges. It is used in gloves and the linings of the jige elan, some small leather goods, maharani, and many vintage clutches, as well as the bolide and selected white bags. It is also used in Carmen keyring and carmencita series bookmarks.

    Photo Credits
    #1 Hermesgroupie
    #2 CobaltBlu ~ black
     
    agneau1.jpg agneau1 CB.jpg
  10. #10 Sep 21, 2006
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    GULLIVER/SWIFT
    I am clumping these two leathers together, because they are one and the same. Gulliver was retired around 7 years ago and brought back within the last year. This time it was renamed Swift. Does anyone see the connection between the two leathers? Hint: Who wrote Gulliver's Travels. Anyway, it is a soft leather with a gentle hand and a fine grain. One of its best qualities is that it is great at absorbing the dyes and the brighter colors come to life in this leather. The fine grain seems to reflect light in such a way that the colors are almost iridescent. While it can scratch more easily than clemence and togo the scratches can be rubbed off with your finger. Deeper scratches can be refurbished with a condition at Hermes and brought back to almost new. I find this a resilient leather.

    More photos can be found nin the overflow thread here.

    Photo Credits
    #1 Hermesgroupie (originally not identified as to whether it is gulliver or swift, most likely Gulliver)
    #2 couture creature ~ Gold Gulliver
    #3 veronimo ~ noir swift
    #4 mkl_collection ~ parchemin swift
    #5 boo1689 ~ rose pink swift
     
    gulliver_swift1.jpg Gulliver Gold coutoure creature.jpg black swift veronimo.jpg parchemin_swift mkl collection.jpg rose pink Swift boo1689.jpg
  11. #11 Sep 21, 2006
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    OSTRICH
    Species Struthio Camellus, farmed in South Africa. Can come matte. This is a dynamic leather that will darken from contact with your hands and also lighten with exposure to light. It is effective in rain as the surface can be wiped down with a cloth with no marks or residue. It ages well and will develop a patina over time. If maintained properly it can last decades. It should come with a CITES certificate that should be carried while traveling overseas.

    Photo Credits
    #1 Hermesgroupie
    #2 Sakara42 ~ fuchsia
    #3 Sakara54 ~ bleu roi
    #4 dharma ~ fuchsia
     
    ostrich1.jpg Ostrich fuchsia sakara54.jpg Ostrich blue roi sakara54.jpg Ostrich fuchsia dharma.jpg
  12. #12 Sep 21, 2006
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    CROCODYLUS POROSUS ~ Shiney
    This leather is designated by a ^. Farmed in Australia. Considered by many to be the premier Hermes leather and noted for its fine, symmetrical scale pattern. It does not come glazed, rather the shine comes from repeated buffing of the skin with a stone until it reaches a sheen. Because it is not treated, it does not do well in rain. While the crocodile skins can be glazed, it is not recommended that it be done more than twice. The reason being that the uneven texture of the skin will leave the glaze uneven on its surface, which may eventually peel and flake with time. Being an exotic, it should come with a CITES certificate that should be carried while traveling.

    For Matte, look here

    Overflow pictures here

    Photo Credits
    #1 Hermesgroupie
    #2 tesi ~ bleu saphir
    #3 tesi ~ anthracite
    #4 lvpiggy ~ rouge h
    #5 skara54 ~ violet
     
    porosus1.jpg poro shiney bleu saphir tesi.jpg poro shiney anthracite tesi.jpg poro shiney rouge h lvpiggy.jpg poro shiney violet sakra54.jpg
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    CROCODYLUS NILOTICUS ~ SHINEY
    Also known as Nile crocodile and farmed in Zimbabwe. Designated by .. Recognized by its larger scale pattern than porosus. It does not come glazed, rather the shine comes from repeated buffing of the skin with a stone until it reaches a sheen. Because it is not treated, it does not do well in rain. Glazing should not be done more than twice. The reason being that the uneven texture of the skin will leave the glaze uneven on its surface, which may eventually peel and flake with time. Being an exotic, it should come with a CITES certificate that should be carried while traveling.

    Photo credits
    #1 tesi ~ blue brighton
    #2 tesi ~ blue roi
    #3 tesi ~ vert olive
    #4 mudmud ~ braise
     
    Nilo shiney blue brighton tesi.jpg Nilo shiney bleu roi tesi.jpg Nilo shiney vert olive tesi.jpg Nilo braise mudmud.JPG
  14. #14 Sep 21, 2006
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    FJORD: Description Courtesy of Hermesgroupie:

    A vache, or adult cow hide. It has a wider, flatter grain than togo or clemence. Somewhat heavier as well. It has the advantage of repelling water off its surface. I have seen this bag in rain and the droplets have slid off.

    Photo Credits
    #1, 2 Style101
    #3 wennieh ~ rouge h
    #4 880~ marron fonce
     
    IMG_0278.JPG IMG_0280.JPG Fjord_RH wennieh.jpg marron fonce fjord 880.jpeg
  15. #15 Sep 21, 2006
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    CROCODYLUS NILOTICUS MATTE
    Known as Nile crocodile, farmed in Zimbabwe, and denoted by .. The following picture is matte skin. Matte skins are finished simply by rubbing with felt, thereby necessitating that the skins be the best available as every blemish will be evident. The same care for matte croc skins as shiny skins must be observed under wet conditions. If wet or stained the defect can remain permanently. Again CITES certificates are provided with the bag and should be carried during travel.

    Photo Credits
    #1 Pinkish love
    #2 lvpiggy ~ graphite
     
    nilo croc1.jpg Nilo mette graphite lvpiggy.jpg
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