Last week, I had the chance to visit School of Satchel at The Park Fashion Lifestyle store, Shangri-la Mall. It is good to see this homegrown Filipino brand grow since it was founded in 2011. From neutral colors, S.O.S. now released bright-colored satchels.
S.O.S. also expanded its leather goods — tassel bags, saddle bags, backpacks, laptop bags, wallets, bag tags, etc.
The next question that I’m sure you now have — Will the leather crack eventually, like other leather goods? Let me share first some information about leather…
Types of Leather
Leather has different categories — depending on quality, treatment done, and where it was derived.
Grade A: Full Grain
The finest of all leathers. Full Grain Leather refers to hides that have not been sanded, buffed, or snuffed to remove imperfections (or natural marks) on the surface of the hide. The grain remains allowing the fiber strength and durability. The grain also has breathability, resulting in less moisture from prolonged contact. Rather than wearing out, it develops a patina during its expected useful lifetime. High quality leather furniture and footwear are often made from full-grain leather. Full-grain leathers are typically available in two finish types: aniline, semi-aniline.
Grade B: Top Grain
The most common type in high-end leather products. It is the second-highest quality. It has had the “split” layer separated away, making it thinner and more pliable than full-grain. Its surface has been sanded and a finish coat added, which produces a colder, plastic feel with less breathability, and it does not develop a natural patina. It is typically less expensive and has greater stain resistance than full-grain leather if the finish remains unbroken.
Grade C: Split
It is derived from the middle and lower layers of the skin. This is exclusively used for suede or covered in a fully pigmented coating. Less durable than full and top grain leathers.
S.O.S. only uses topnotch Full Grain and Top Grain leathers, which also explain its price points. The bags may seem a bit pricey, but they last for a really long time. This is also why some leathers are cheap and crack easily.
This month, School of Satchel partnered with Keep Cup, an Australian Coffee Cup brand. Keep Cup’s goal is to help the environment by encouraging the use of reusable cups. For every purchase of P5,000 worth of School of Satchel products, customers will get a FREE 8oz Keep Cup.
Perfect for holidays, right? This promo is only until December 20, 2017.