I was privileged to steal a few minutes from leather expert, Chad Salenius, owner at City Collection, which is a high end leather furniture company that sells to the trade only. Chad was able to give me a few tips and insights into an area which most people really know only a little about… LEATHER. You may not know this but not all leather is created equal. There are so many different versions of leather: top grain, split grain, bicast, ect….it can be quite confusing. The look of a worn, cracked leather sofa is very trendy right now but that’s not what you purchased when you bought that sleek, modern leather sofa, which is now cracking and splitting.
I learned a lot from my conversation with Chad and I would like to share some of the most important takeaways.
1. What are some upcoming leather trends you see for 2015?
Grays continue to be very strong colors and there is also a trend for the more supple and soft leathers. Therefore, we are introducing some french hides in the fall which have a buttery soft feel.
2. Why should people buy quality leather?
Higher quality leather holds it shape better, lasts much longer, and is more resistant to damages. Most all manufacturers sell top grain leather, however top grain is kind of a misnomer in that a top grain leather can be as thin as a business card to extremely thick. Our minimum thickness starts at 1.2 mm and goes up to 1.8 mm. This helps in that the leather won’t stretch over time and have ripples in the seat nor is it likely to puncture if someone sits on the seat with a sharp object in their pocket. By using a thicker leather if there are surface scratches on the leather they can be buffed out by a professional.
3. What do you recommend doing to preserve the life of leather furniture?
Simply cleaning it with Lexol cleaner and conditioner once every three to four months. Also, if something is spilled on the leather and it is cleaned with Lexol the stain will not set. Most leather cleaners and conditioners have PH levels that will make the stain set, where as lexol has a PH of 7 so if the stain doesn’t come out when cleaned a professional can repair the leather. If typical cleaners are used the risk is run of setting the stain.
4. What is your favorite part of working in the leather industry?
I absolutely love listening to clients to determine the direction we should take the brand. Furthermore I love when someone sits on a piece of our furniture and tells me how much they love how it sits or that they are in love with the design.
Here are some photos of the GORGEOUS leather furniture from the City Collection website.
The pieces at City Collection are nothing short of spectacular and I’m excited to share them, along with this useful information regarding leather.
Should you have any questions or would like to purchase any pieces from City Collection, please email me at email@example.com.