L I N 8 is committed in sourcing the best quality leathers that are available in the global market because our showcase pieces are created to ensure longevity so you can hand-down to the next generation. Prices of our leather goods vary according to the types of leather you select. Fortunately, our pieces are more affordable and cheaper by 5 to 12 times, compared to leading European fashion houses.
The range of leathers we have meticulously selected are full-grain and it is contrary from reconstituted/ bonded/ split leather which are normally much cheaper and much poorer quality materials. The use of reconstituted leather especially on the body of leather pieces will wear and tear very quickly, they may be cheaper but they are actually expensive as they need to be replaced more often and it also adds to your carbon foot print as they are not biodegradable.
Each hide of leather is always different to the next hide, so there will always be variations. Any variation of grains or tiles is not deemed as imperfection because it demonstrates the true nature of the original hide, adding to its unique properties of your specially made bespoke piece. Over time and wear of your piece, the leathers will develop natural patina. This is one of its benefits and proof that my leathers are genuine. More about leather care here.
The tanneries where L I N 8 gets leathers from adhere to strict ISO 26000 social responsibility standards.
Genuine and non-compromising quality non-exotic leathers are used either on the body or as lining in my leather pieces. A selection of full grain cow, calf and lamb leathers are sourced from European tanneries.
2017 also brings new leathers sourced from specialised tanneries in France. Beautiful full body natural grain taurillon (bull) and chevre (goat) leathers make beautiful bags and small leather goods.
Our leather gym pulling straps are made of genuine cow leather sourced from a local Melbourne leather supplier.
Like many farmed poultry or meats, one of its by-product is leather. This applies similarly to farmed crocodile and ostrich. My crocodile leathers are sourced from a highly reputable French-owned tannery and ostrich leathers are sourced from reputable Australian and South African tanneries. Also noting that, my leathers are not illegally poached and my suppliers and I comply with international treaty regulations CITES.
Crocodile is a relative of a Jurassic creature and hence its leather is one of the strongest and hardest leathers. Contrary to that thought, once you start wearing or using your piece the leather will soften considerably over time. Both ostrich and crocodile leathers will also develop natural patina which highlight the beauty of your L I N 8 piece and its uniqueness to your personal wear.