Quality of material is the benchmark of any top-end artisan product and, while everyone lays claim to sourcing the finest raw materials, it can be hard to understand the true difference between any two offerings.
Dromedary Leather only ever uses the finest-grade, top-quality camel leather in any of our products, but what does that mean for you?
In short, this guarantees you a quality and durability that is unrivalled by many other materials. A product that not only looks great, but wears great.
But obviously, we have to say that.
So, rather than relying on our word alone, we wanted to share some expert opinion that will not only explain the differences between different animal leathers and their available grades, but also highlight the reasons why camel leather is such a great choice.
If you have any interest in leather (and even if not), this will be genuinely enlightening!
“Camel. This one word with two syllables can evoke an imagery of sand-filled deserts like no other. Where sand dunes abound, water is scarce, vegetation still scarcer, and life is tough. Camels, as you must already know, are built for this life. Over centuries of evolution, this animal has honed its body into the perfect desert machine – its feet, its eyes and ears, the hump on its back – every part of the animal’s body is adapted to withstand extremely harsh climatic conditions.
The skin of camel is also uniquely adapted to withstand tough conditions. A tough hide may be a desirable quality for many – it is a reality for the Camel! And this is what makes camel leather so special! When compared to cow hide, camel leather has 10 times the number of fibers every square centimeter. This makes camel leather remarkably tough and very durable. This strong leather does not, fortunately, come at the cost of beauty – camel leather is still quite supple and soft – and has a unique grain pattern that makes it instantly recognizable.”
“Full-grain leather takes the entire grain of hide, with all the imperfections and inherent toughness of the material. It’s often used for heavy-duty leather items, like weapon holsters and utility belts. But it can also be used (with great success) for dress belts, briefcases, dress shoes, work boots, and numerous other leather goods. This type of leather is naturally marked with imperfections from the animal, like a brand or a scar, but products from pricier companies won’t use these flawed hides. Full-grain is hard-as-nails leather that will develop a rich patina as it ages, looking more and more beautiful as you use it. It’s widely recognized as the best and highest-quality leather money can buy. Often much more expensive, full-grain pays dividends with its durability. If you invest in an item made with full-grain leather, you will probably have that item for the rest of your life if you take care of it properly.
Top-grain leather is the grade of leather you’ll find in “fine” leather goods and is the middle-of-the-road quality of leather. It’s used in the vast majority of purses for women as well as small leather goods for men like wallets that are sold by well-known designer brands.
It’s made by splitting a piece of full-grain leather and sanding away any imperfections in the hide and stamping a fake grain on it. Usually, it’s then treated and colored to provide a completely uniform look. The finished product ends up being a bit plastic-y, and not nearly as durable as the best quality leather — full grain. It will not age well with use, and will end up looking old and worn after a time. This finish of leather is great, however, if you don’t care as much about durability and more about the color of your leather item, or its resistance to stain.
Genuine leather doesn’t just mean that the product is made of real leather (which it is), but it also means it is the lowest quality of all products made out of real leather. Genuine leather generally doesn’t last as long or look as nice as higher-quality leather. You’ll typically find it in belts from mall stores, shoes from lower-priced department stores, and bags or other goods in the lower-leather price range. Goods marked as genuine leather will be several layers of low quality leather bonded together with glue and then painted to look like a better-quality leather. It’s what is left over when the other, higher grades are stripped away. This grade of leather is acceptable if you’re just buying something cheaply and don’t care too much about its quality. It won’t last very long, so it probably shouldn’t be something you use every day.”
Having sourced the best quality raw materials, it is only right to pay them the respect they deserve and use top-quality hardware.
Benefiting from stainless steel, titanium and solid brass machinery, we are able to guarantee the quality of our finished product. From the detailed inspection of each individual rivet (an obligatory process we carry out as soon as we receive goods at the workshop) down to the elegance of the finished buckles, we ensure zero defects across any of our materials, meaning the perfect end-product every time.
Our mission is to provide products that last a lifetime, and look as good when handed down to the next generation as they did on the day you received them.
At the end of the day, our success lies with the happiness of our customers. Without a top-quality product, all other effort is wasted.
Rather than brag about faddy technologies or leading-edge developments, we only ever incorporate rigorously tested – and highly trusted – technologies into each of our bags to ensure the customer always receives a faultless end-product.
By focusing on technologies that are UL and CE certified, we are able to prove the safety and reliability of our products and make guarantees that others just can’t promise.
From our power banks to our wireless chargers, right the way to our travel routers, any technology that makes it into the depths of our bags has undergone the strictest of test procedures meaning they are fully-certified with a peerless quality – and offer a distinct value-add to our products.