All about leather

 Ines Red Opera Gloves

Haute couture Gloves
As Ines says: Always wear gloves!

Gloves leather is a very special material.
We trace the very best A grade quality from around the world. 
Our leather is extremely thin and supple, and it’s traditionally worked and gently
stretched by hand by glove masters before it’s cut into
shape ready to become your favourite garments.

Ines gloves are made of vegetable tanned leather
There are several different methods of tanning,
producing leather with distinctive characteristics.
When the skins reach the leather yard, they are cleansed by soaking in water and then de-haired.
The majority of dress gloves are made from lambskins and sheepskins, and the
characteristics of these will vary according to the part of the world the animal lives.
Other skins of animals used include the antelope, buck, calf, deer, goat, peccary, and reindeer.
The tanner, when he turns these skins into leather, must preserve their natural run
and stretch to ensure the glove or other items of clothing remain close fitting and flexible.
Leather is ideal for gloves because of this, and also because it is smart
and attractive, so strong and wears well, so soft and pliable.

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Leather use

Leather use has been there a long time: it began in around 3000 B.C., when the Egyptians
discovered it could be used as body armour, household furniture and tents.
Much later, in Spain, during the 15
th century, leather
began to be used to create sofas,
armchairs and as a wall covering material. In the 16
th century, leather hats and tunics
became popular throughout  England during the romantic era of Shakespeare.
And ever since that time, leather has been one of the most popular materials used in fashion.
Today there are limitless leather apparel and accessory options. 
Leather is versatile, practical, prestigious and, admittedly, both sexes look great wearing it.
Also, leather comes in many colors and textures, so it always has a trendy,
exciting appearance and is extremely versatile.
Accessories made from leather stand the test of time and look fashionable anywhere you go.
Gloves, shoes, hats, belts, boots and handbags made from leather are not only attractive,
but a great investment because of their durability.
Leather is easy to maintain, too. Smooth leather can be wiped with a damp cloth.
Suede and nubuck should be brushed. If you get leather wet, let it dry naturally because heat will
damage its natural oils. Finally, if your garment gets soiled or worn, bring it to a professional
leather cleaner to extend the life of the item. When it comes to fashion, leather is better!
 Ines Peccary driving gloves
Types of leather
Cabretta: A thin, fine leather made from the skin of Brazilian hair sheep.
Cape or Capeskin: A superior thin leather made from the skin of South African hair sheep. 
Carpincho: The water rodent of Brazil. 
The leather has excellent stretch, is soft but hard wearing. 
A distinguishing feature is the hair-holes which are in groups of 3 to 7. 
Chamois: Originally made from the skins of the Alpine Antelope or Chamois,
but now made from sheep or lambskins from which the grain is split off and the lower or flesh
layer is oil dressed. A washable, supple leather, creamy yellow in color.
Doeskin: Originally made from the female deer, but now from sheep or lambskins
where the grain is split off, and the lower or flesh layer is tanned with formaldehyde.
A light-weight washable leather often produced in white, but takes light colors readily. 
Grain: The side of the leather that had the hair, i.e. the outside. 
Full Grain has the original surface, whereas corrected grain
has been abraded to make the leather smoother and more uniform.
Grain Finish: This is produced on the hair side of the skin giving a shiny glossy surface. 
The term - Glacé - is sometimes used. 
It is not correct to use the term 'Kid' that is often loosely
applied to any light weight grain finish glove leather.
Kidskin: Leather from a young milk-fed goat, mostly of European origin. 
A fine tight grain skin, light in weight and durable.
Lambskin Curley: The skins of lambs dressed with the wool on, and
according to the source of supply, maybe of curly wool or straight wool type. 
Care has to be taken in the dyeing to see that the wool
is left white and the skin dyed to the required colour. 
This leather makes very warm and comfortable gloves for winter wear.
Peccary: A pig-like animal of Mexico and South America. 
The leather is smooth, firm and supple and very durable and can
easily be recognised by the hair-holes which are in groups of three. 
It makes a very smart glove for casual, sporty and chic wear. 
Peccary leather is very expensive.
Ines gloves has a very special collection of peccary leather gloves.
Shearlings: The skins of domestic sheep from a number of different countries, dressed
with the wool on, which is combed and shorn to give a standard length of wool. 
The finished leather is heavier and firmer than the Lambskin and is ideal for Mitts. 
Suede: Any glove leather may be sueded on either the grain or the flesh side by
running the leather against an emery wheel, but the process is generally applied to the flesh side. 
Where the finish is applied to the grain, which is removed, then this is sometimes called 'Buffed' leather.

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