Full-grain Leather

If you’re looking for a wallet that can be passed down from generation to generation and eventually become a family heirloom, stick to full-grain. Full-grain leather is the piece of the hide that has the entire grain, or the top layer, still intact. In this case, “intact” means that the top layer hasn’t been altered at all—aside from hair removal.

Full grain allows for moisture and oils to continue to be absorbed, promoting the leather to develop a beautiful patina as the product ages. It is also the most durable and long-lasting of all the grades.

With the full-grain intact, most items that are crafted from full-grain leather will maintain any original scarring and blemishes, which makes for higher quality in the leather industry. More imperfections make for more authentic and valuable leather.