Saffiano is leather that is not dyed, but coated over with whatever colour with an opaque resin layer with a cross-hatch textured finish.
While Saffiano may have a synthetic-looking finish, it also has the advantage of making the bag durable against elements like water, skin contact, and the sun.
Saffiano doesn’t care about what tanning process is used, because you don’t get to see the leather — you only see the opaque cross-hatch coating applied over it. This is the same attribute that give it the most luxury finishing that isn’t currently possessed by any other type of leather.
How is Saffiano Leather made?
Once the leather has been aniline dyed all the way through, it has a pigmented (leather paint) coating applied to the surface of the leather. It is then left to cure.
Once the pigment has cured the leather is then put inside an embossing machine which is heated up to around 75 degrees Celsius. The leather is then pressed with an embossed grain to give the diagonally cross scratch effect. The leather is usually pressed for between 10-15 seconds.
Secondary colouring processes can then take place after the embossing has been done depending on the colour of leather being made.
Finally the leather is treated with a wax coating. This gives long lasting durability and helps to prevent the leather from cracking.
Saffiano leather can come in many different colours. Some vibrant and some dark. Some single in colour and others two-tone. A two tone effect is created by applying one solid colour to the full hide; after the embossing has been carried out a secondary colour is applied to only the embossed areas (the peak of the grain). This can be very subtle and sometimes can only be seen up close.
Because of its shape and embossment the secondary colour on the embossed peaks tend to wear quicker as this is the first point of contact and will eventually lose its two-tone effect from day-to-day usage.
How to clean & care for Saffiano Leather
Although this leather comes standard as water resistant, you still need to take care of it. The waxed coating will repel water but not forever.
- Do not clean this leather with anything other than a genuine leather cleaner, or just a damp cloth. Avoid using baby wipes and harsh house hold cleaners as these can damage the finish on the leather which can then lead to the colour coming off.
- When cleaning do not rub the leather too vigorously as this can also lead to colour transferring onto the cloth. Not only that but you can also damage the prominent grain, making areas look flatter and smoother.
- You should re-protect your bag every three to four months depending on its usage. Regular cleaning and protecting will help keep your bag looking newer for longer.
- When your bag is not in use you should keep it stuffed, this will help keep its shape and stop the leather from creasing. You should also keep your bag in its dustbag.
- Handbag Clinics protection cream will help repel water and other types of staining. It also has a UV light barrier which will help slow down colour fade.