Leather Terminology

My journey into the leather industry wasn’t as rosy as I had envisioned. For what began as a hobby, I had to learn on the job and commit to improving every day, from the workmanship to the quality of my leather.

And as a leather amateur at that time, not knowing the standard terms and grains used in the trade was a major setback. 

Fortunately, with consistency, dedication, and 1000+ products later, I’ve come to learn a lot about leather, which led me first to write the 78 Leather Glossary Terms.

But today, I’ll take it a notch higher with an intensive leather terminology that explains these 78 (and many other) terms in detail, including: 

  • Their in-depth definitions
  • Their synonyms
  • Other terms closely related to them
  • How to use them in a sentence

So let’s get into it…


Leather Grades

Leather Finishes

Leather Tanning

Leather Types

Leather Hide

Other Leather Terms

Written by Ryan Popoff

Ryan Popoff is the CEO and Co-Founder of Popov Leather. He has absolutely no business background, in fact, he graduated in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in fine arts. Ryan's leather goods business was born from a hobby at the dining room table and a passion for technology (ecommerce in particular). Ryan calls Nelson BC his home where he's raising his family and enjoys spending the odd afternoon at a local craft brewery.