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Quality & Craftsmanship

Characteristics of a Cat Potter Handbag

  • The collection is formed by weaving a strap through a single piece of exquisite heritage leather
  • Crafted to last a lifetime, using the best materials and innovative pattern cutting to create no seams, making your handbag incredibly durable
  • All handbags are crafted using full grain vegetable tanned leather
  • Each and every bag is cut, stitched, bevelled, burnished and buffed by hand in London
  • All hardware is solid brass
  • Each piece is protected by a registered community design 

Crafted in beautiful heritage full grain leather, Cat Potter bags have a natural patina. Every hide is handpicked and unique. The hides are treated with natural oils during the finishing process in order to create the supple, tender feel. A very light colour coat is applied in order to emphasise the intended colour and to protect the surface grain. They are then finished with a mix of natural tallows, oils and wax, applied by hand, to achieve the desired appearance and touch. 

Leather buying guide:

Cat Potter handbags are made with full grain leather. This refers to hides that have not been sanded, buffed, or snuffed (as opposed to top-grain or corrected leather) to remove the natural finish on the surface of the hide. The grain is left intact enabling the fibres to remain strong and durable. The natural surface of full grain leather develops a lustre, only improving with age.

Top Grain Leather (the most common type in other high-end leather products) is the second-highest quality. It has had the "split" layer separated away, making it thinner and more pliable than full-grain leather. Its surface has been sanded and a finish coat added, which sometimes produces a colder, more synthetic feel. 

Corrected-grain leather is any leather that has had an artificial grain applied to its surface. The imperfections are corrected or sanded off, and an artificial grain embossed into the surface dressed with stain or dyes. 

Split leather is leather created from the fibrous part of the hide left once the top-grain of the rawhide has been separated from the hide. During the splitting process, the top-grain and drop split are separated. Split leather then has an artificial layer applied to the surface of the split and is embossed with a leather grain. Splits are also used to create suede. The strongest suedes are usually made from grain splits (that have the grain completely removed) or from the flesh split that has been shaved to the correct thickness.

Lastly, Cat Potter bags are designed to be worn and loved. Yours will only improve with age!