Saffiano leather was made and patented in Italy by Mario Prada in 1913. It had been produced and sold for decades before it found its way to the mass market. Once the patent expired, most fashion houses started creating Saffiano leather bags since the numerous positive qualities, attractive features and the smart look of the leather were recognized and appreciated. It currently sells with great success. The Tuscany Leather company is not an exception.
So, what is so unique about the leather and in what way is it different from the regular full grain leather?
In fact, it is a textured high-quality leather pressed by machine by a stamping method which gives it a cross-hatch finish, that is a special diagonal pattern. It is finished via a wax treatment providing the leather with a slight sheen. Because of the treatment that the leather undergoes, producers can create a wide range of colors. This treatment makes the leather very tough and durable, scratch-resistant, water-resistant and easy to clean. This type of leather is very desirable and stylish and is regularly used by most designers.
However, it may not appeal to everyone. Especially if you are in the mood for a soft leather look, you might feel this one is not suitable for you.
Saffiano leather bags are very stiff and do not soften over time. Please, have that in mind. Don't believe promises. That’s the way it is, and it will remain like that for many years. Unchanged!
Full grain leather is a leather that breathes, and it is definitely not as water-resistant as Saffiano nor is it scratch resistant. Saffiano almost doesn't look like leather, but it is indeed, and it is extremely strong and durable.