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Made form great materials
Below are the descriptions of our more common material types used throughout
this website. A product material type can be found below each product
in our database. Shown below in alphabetical order.
Bonded Leather or "Reconstituted Leather" is not really a true
leather but a man-made material composed of 90% to 100% leather fibres
bonded together with latex binders to create a look and feel similar to
that of genuine leather at a fraction of the cost. Bonded leather is not
as durable or hard wearing as an item made from Genuine Leather would
DuraBuck™ is a quality NuBuck leather look material specially manufactured
for its long lasting value for money.
DuraFibre™ is a heavy duty 840 denier Nylon specified to give both
a quality sheen appearance and toughness.
DuraGuard™ is a shock absorbent foam padding typically found in
DuraHide™ is a high quality Poly Vinylchloride fabric layered on
a non-woven backing, and manufactured to high specifications. DuraHide™
gives its product ranges a premium leather look and feel, as well as strength
DuraNappa™ is a soft padded Poly Vinylchloride material to give
a quality soft leather look and feel, commonly used in the manufacture
of conference folders.
DuraSkin™ is a luxurious soft Koskin leather look material made
from specified Poly Vinylchloride.
DuraTuff600™ is a tightly woven 600 x 600 denier Polyester with
PVC backing for durability and style.
DuraTuff900™ is a tough 900 x 900 denier Polyester for the ultimate
in strength and durability in order to maintain a long-lasting stylish
Full-Grain leather made from the finest raw material, is clean natural
hides which have not been sanded to remove imperfections. Only the hair
has been removed. The grain remains in its natural state which will allow
the best fibre strength, resulting in greater durability. The natural
grain also has natural breathability, resulting in greater comfort.
Genuine Leather is a material created through the tanning of hides, pelts
and skins of animals, primarily cows.
Napa leather, or Nappa leather, is extremely soft and supple, and is
commonly found in higher quality wallets, toiletry kits, and other personal
Nylon represents a family of synthetic polymers, a thermoplastic material,
first produced on February 28, 1935. It is made of repeating units linked
by peptide bonds (another name for amide bonds) and is frequently referred
to as polyamide (PA). Nylon was the first commercially successful polymer
and the first synthetic fibre to be made entirely from coal, water and
Polyester generally refers to cloth woven from polyester fibre. Polyester
fibres are often spun together with fibres of cotton, producing a cloth
with some of the better properties of each.
Polyvinyl chloride, commonly abbreviated simply to PVC, is a widely-used
plastic and typically found in conference folders.
Suede is an interior split of the hide. It is "fuzzy" on both
sides. Suede is less durable than top-grain. Suede is cheaper because
many pieces of suede can be split from a single thickness of hide, whereas
only one piece of top-grain can be made. However, manufacturers use a
variety of techniques to make suede appear to be full-grain. For example,
in one process, glue is mixed with one side of the suede, which is then
pressed through rollers; these flatten and even out one side of the material,
giving it the smooth appearance of full-grain.
Vegetable-tanned leather is tanned using tannin (hence the name "tanning")
and other ingredients found in vegetable matter, tree bark, and other
such sources. It is supple and brown in colour, with the exact shade depending
on the mix of chemicals and the colour of the flesh. Vegetable-tanned
leather is not stable in water; it tends to discolour, and if left to
soak and then dry it will shrink and become less supple and harder. In
hot water, it will shrink drastically and plasticise, becoming rigid and
eventually becoming brittle.