All of CTL leathers are designed on full-grain and top-grain hides.
CTL also offer a variety of corrected-grain leather for those clients looking for more uniform color consistency and increased durability.
Nubuck is top-grain leather where the top hair cell layer has been removed by sanding, resulting in a luxurious nap and velvet-like surface. Leather with the hair still attached is called hair-on-hide.
The vast majority of leather is sold according to its area.
Our leathers are placed through electronic measuring machines and its surface area is determined and stamped onto the hide in either units of measurement per square meter or per square foot. This is a controlled process according to international standards.
Thickness is also important, and this is measured using a thickness gauge in millimeters and typically given as a range (eg. 1.0 to 1.2 mm) due to the inherent variability of the hide. For some industries, thickness is measured in ounces per square foot (oz/ft2). To convert to millemeters, 1 ox/ft2 equates to 1/64 inch or 0.4mm.