Ettinger's

Shadow Hide

A beautifully finished waxy hide, this vegetable tanned leather ages beautifully and the natural smoky tones are perfect for classic home interiors and timeless necessities.

This waxy hide leather is made from full grain, vegetable tanned yearling (young cow) hides. The tanned leather then has an aniline treatment and is hand-finished with many layers of waxes and oils to give it a deep, rich aspect. Made in a range of natural colours, this shadow hide is beautiful to touch and the depth of colour is enhanced by a slightly smoky effect, which give the whole leather a lot of character.

We use this leather to make simple classics and heirloom leather goods that will enhance your lifestyle and marry with any interiors. Like these products, this shadow hide may appear simple at first sight, but look closer and you will quickly appreciate the inherent beauty of this leather.

Shadow Hide Leather: Care & Wear

All the waxes and oils that are put into this leather during the tanning process means it will hardly need any treatment at all. It should have all the nourishment it needs for a lifetime. Moreover, should you happen to scratch the surface slightly (with a nail for example), all you need to do is rub the leather slightly with a finger and the mark should disappear.

Direct sunlight can cause aniline leathers to discolour slightly so please do not expose these leathers for prolonged periods. The best way to clean any leather is to wipe it gently with a soft damp cloth, then leave to dry naturally. You may use a small amount of Ettinger Leather Balm to clean the leather and to remove impurities. Applying a little Ettinger wax to polish once in a while will help protect and nourish the leather.

Generally speaking, avoid using your leather accessories in very wet or humid conditions. If they do get wet, leave out to dry naturally, away from strong heat sources. Once dry, check for any water marks and apply a little leather wax if necessary. Leather is naturally a supple material so will take shape easily, which you may or may not want. In any case, please avoid compressing your leather accessories for prolonged periods as this will deform the items and can strain the stitching.