Type: Cowhide Leather
Average Hide Size: 18-20 sq ft +/-
Thickness: 1.6-1.8 mm
Appearance: Patent cowhide leather with smooth finish
Uses: Accessories, footwear, handbags, small leather goods, upholstery/interior design
Patent leatheris leather that has been finished with chemicals that give it a shiny, reflective surface. It is usually black, and has long been popular for dress and dancing shoes. Most stages of the preparation of patent leather are the same as for other fine quality leathers. However, it is in the final finishing stage, when it is coated with a lacquer to give it its characteristic glossiness. All leather is derived from animal skins or hides. Most hides are a byproduct of the meat industry. The hides of cattle slaughtered for beef form the bulk of the leather industry. Other common leathers are made from the hides of sheep, goats, and pigs, and so-called novelty leathers are derived from reptile skins, such as alligator and snake, and even from the ostrich. Patent leather is usually light and thin, and usually derived from a calf or a kid. Today, however, patent leather can be made from any kind of hide, and need be of no finer quality than most shoe leathers.
Care of Patent leather
Both regular leather and patent leather should be kept free of dust. Some types of leather need oiling, conditioning or polishing, depending on the finish. Patent leather doesn't need that—it just needs to be sprayed with a soapy cleanser and wiped clean to keep it free of dirt and debris. Be careful not to buff patent leather or it could lose its shine.