Real leather is a natural product. It breathes, is warm and has individual characteristics which are the natural charm and beauty of hide. As a natural product however it will often display traces of its past, such as healed scars and bites etc. These hallmarks in no way detract from the wearing qualities of the leather. With the passing of time and use, it develops its own sheen of age, which enhances its beauty and is the sign which nature authenticates her own handwork.
No hides are alike due to varying grain structure mentioned above. The dyes and finishes penetrate to varying degrees in different parts of the hide to give an attractive finish and whilst every attempt is made to achieve uniformity, this is not always possible.
It must be remembered that no two hides are the same and it is impossible to guarantee a perfect colour match, due to the various textures and the requirement of a least eight hides to produce one suite. Swatch books therefore should be regarded as no more than a guide for colour.