Hermes Leather & Skin Types D through to G

The Vintage Contessa’s A to Z of some of the most popular Hermes leathers used to craft their fabulous bags. In this section we will be exploring D through to F. Shop the complete Hermes collection on our website.

DALMATION BUFFALO: Now discontinued, this is a water buffalo leather. It is known as the dalmation variation due to its spotted appearance. This dalmation effect is created when the leather is dyed not once, but twice. You can identify this leather by the dark veins that feature throughout. The dalmation buffalo leather is often seen in white and black, or with reddish brown tones.

EPSOM: This is an embossed leather, meaning that a pattern has been imprinted into the material. When leather is embossed, or stretched, it becomes rigid due to being compressed. The Epsom leather has a number of advantages, making it a great purchase. For example, it is lightweight and thought to hold its shape well. Epsom leather can also be cleaned easily with a damp cloth. We have a variety of Birkin bags crafted from Epsom leather in stock, you can shop this style here.

EVERCALF: Evercalf leather has a similarly smooth grain to the classic box leather, with a glossy appearance. It is also particularly soft, making it a luxurious leather selection. Evercalf can be delicate, so take particular care of this leather.

EVERGRAIN: Evergrain is an embossed version of the evercalf leather. However, it is softer than other embossed leathers. It has a silky feel and a fine grain. These characteristics make it more susceptible to scratches, but you can often rub any small scratches away with just a finger.

FJORD: This is a vache, or adult cow leather, used by Hermes to this day. It differs from the togo and clemence as the grain is wider, and flatter too. Fjord is a heavy and strong leather, although soft to the touch. It is thought to be both scratch and water resistant, making it a practical, go-to option. We have a black fjord leather Birkin in stock on our website currently, view this bag here.


GULLIVER, NOW KNOWN AS SWIFT: Gulliver/Swift leather has a fine grain and is soft to the touch. It absorbs dye particularly well so colors appear bright and lively. Gulliver/swift leather also reflects light, giving items a beautiful radiant appearance. As with evergrain leather, although Gulliver/swift may be susceptible to scratches, small ones can be rubbed away easily. We have a number of bags crafted from this leather in stock, you can view these our website.

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