Our Leather

Colours of Horween Leather

Popov Leather’s journey began in 2013, but the process of tanning leather has an ancient history, dating back beyond hundreds and thousands of years. The tools used for leather-working have been found throughout almost every era known to humanity, and today we carry on this tradition as artisans dedicated to creating only the finest products.

It's easy to pop into any big box retailer and find a variety of "leather" items ranging from apparel to accessories and furniture. However, as with any product, it's essential to remember the phrase, "you get what you pay for," when settling for many commercial leather products.

Not all leather is created the same.

Meghan holding a dopp kit


Full-grain leather, the highest-quality grade of leather, is the top choice—but don't confuse it with top-grain leather. Full-grain leather comes from the hide's top layer and includes the full, natural grain. It is never sanded or buffed as a way to remove imperfections, which helps provide durability and additional strength. Full-grain leather is the most expensive grade of leather to manufacture, often making it the most expensive leather grade for consumers to purchase.

And it's worth it.

Because full-grain leather comes from the topmost layer of the hide, it's always unique. It may have slight imperfections and marks that have developed over the course of the animal's life. These are natural and part of its overall beauty.

We only carry full-grain leather because of its multiple benefits and superior quality.

Driftwood leather belts

Before leather is ready to be crafted into a wallet, journal cover, belt, or other item, it must go through a tanning process. Tanning can be a time-consuming and complicated process with some methods more involved than others. Different tanning processes create different types of leather.

All our leathers are exquisite and the finest quality. We only work with full-grain leathers, and each item out of the workshop is handcrafted. Nothing leaves the workshop unless we're sure you'll love it.

Read more about the differences in leather types here.