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Stitched leather know-how

Stitched leather know-how

Inventor of the secret of aged leather, a revolutionary technique that brought it to fame, Chevignon owes this privileged position to its unique leather know-how. The brand combines the art and method of working, cutting and treating leather with one single and unique aim: making utility beautiful and ensuring that style and technical perfection remain inseparable.

Chevignon leathers, let's talk origins

Lambskin leather

This is a very fine, soft leather, often considered the most beautiful. It is used to create more elegant clothing, which hugs the contours of the body. It is ideal for a perfecto-style jacket cut.

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Calfskin leather

This is a very soft leather, but more resistant than lambskin. Being rougher, it is often used to create accessories (shoes, wallets, bags). The use of this material enables them to last over time.

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Sheepskin leather

This is a thick, resistant leather, which can be used for both elegant jackets and warm jackets, by retaining the wool. It is therefore the perfect leather for winter temperatures.

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Cowhide leather

Cowhide leather is less fine, but its appearance is smooth, soft and resistant. It is therefore more solid and more rigid than calfskin. It is perfect for producing jackets designed to last and improve with age.

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Goatskin leather

This is a very fibrous and nervous leather. It combines robustness and softness. No other leather can support as much movement without cracking at the creases. It is ideal for producing jackets that are comfortable from the moment you buy them and that are designed to last over time.

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Want a change of skin? How to choose

The fit, the hang and the comfort of a Chevignon leather is learnt, is touched, is worn, and develops a patina in order to become a true second skin.

A Chevignon leather, care required

If the modern man takes care of his skin, the same should be true of the way in which he cares for his leather or his clothes.

Leather, a living material, continues to evolve after its manufacturing: scratches, scrapes, colour variations... all these particularities are linked to your life and that of your jacket, and over the years they only serve to highlight its originality.

For each leather - full-grain leather, oiled leather, velour leather - a specific care :

- Dipped leather/Lambskin leather :

Being delicate leathers, we recommend protecting them with a water repellent aerosol spray. The spray should be used 40cm from the leather to avoid stains.

- Oiled leather, full-grain leather :

to prevent the leather from drying out, it is important to rub a soft cloth soaked in colourless or coloured lotion depending on the nature of your jacket, in small quantities, and gently massage the leather. (Do not apply the lotion directly to the leather). Before shining with a dry cloth, make sure to leave the applied product to dry.

- Velour leather, Nubuck or Suede calfskin :

Velvety skins are delicate leathers whose surfaces have undergone treatment which requires special care.

General points :

  • - All products must be applied when the leather is dry.
  • - Do not apply an excessive amount of product to the leather.
  • - Keep the leather in a dry and ventilated place.
  • - Do not keep the leather in a plastic garment bag (not ventilated enough).
  • - Hang the leather up on a hanger in order to avoid it losing its shape.

What to do in the event of stains?

In the event of doubt, heavy soiling or large stains, we recommend bringing your leather to a specialist, bearing in mind that it is recommended to act as quickly as possible as time accentuates penetration and gradually eliminates the possibility of resorption.

The ABCs of Chevignon style

  • - Natural leather : untreated and used in its most noble form, it is particularly smooth and soft.
  • - Full-grain leather : the entire thickness of full-grain leather is used, once tanned and without undergoing any alteration. Full-grain leather can be identified as aniline (neutral) or pigmented (having undergone surface staining).
  • - Grained leather : the lambskin undergoes a treatment that brings out the grain of the pelt to a greater or lesser extent.
  • - Dipped leather : the lambskin is stained by immersion but is not protected. Only the most beautiful skins undergo this treatment. They are supple, very soft but also fragile as long as the skins are not patinated.
  • - Washed leather :  after assembly and joining, the finished article undergoes a water and enzyme treatment to slightly stiffen and polish the leather which develops a patina over time.
  • - Aged leather : the calf or sheepskin is treated at the base of the skin using a wet drum process which splits and cracks the leather in places to give the clothing a used look overflowing with history.
  • - Aged leather : the skin (mainly goat) is dyed with wax and felted. As goatskin grain is uneven, the top of the grain appears shiny.
  • - Oiled leather : calf or sheepskin is surface treated to give it either an "oily" and shiny appearance, or to waterproof it.
  • - Split leather : The raw material is a fibrous material obtained by cutting the top layer of a thick leather, which is known as splitting the leather.
  • - Velour leather or "suede" : goat, pig or lambskins are worked on the reverse side and sanded to give them a velvet-like appearance. The raw material is of higher quality than that used in split leather treatments.
  • - The Nubuck : The Nubuck is a special treatment for lamb, buffalo or calfskin which has had its shiny side (grain) removed through sanding in order to give it a velvet-like appearance. It is easily tanned and produces lustrous colours.
  • - Double-sided sheepskin also known as shearling: Short wool sheepskin, tanned and dressed, velvety skin.
  • - Vegetable tanning : vegetable leathers have been tanned using vegetable extracts such as bark (e.g. pine), wood (e.g. chestnut), leaves or roots, etc. Leathers treated using this process can lighten over time.
  • - Saddle stitch : hand stitching used in leather work and particularly for leather goods. (Sometimes also used on clothing such as jeans).