Naturally, much of the appeal of pebbled leather lies in its unusual, eye-catching and somewhat sleek appearance. The material is a feature of men’s contemporary accessories. From Tom Ford backpacks to Mulberry portfolios and Yves Saint-Laurent wash bags, pebbled texture is ubiquitous.
While some prefer the smoothness of traditional leather — like the Vachetta leather we use in our collection of refined everyday briefcases — others clearly favour the unpolished aesthetic offered by pebbled leather.
Another advantage is that pebbled leather is less prone to scratching, or, at the very least, scratches appear less noticeable. A combination of the partially raised surface and irregular patterning tends to hide minor scuffs quite effectively. So if you’re a purveyor of fine leather goods but prone to the odd accident, pebbled leather might just be for you.
Sustainability also has a part to the play in the argument for pebbled leather. But first a slight detour. During the tanning process, it’s common for certain parts of the hide to be discarded due to perceived imperfections. Often these blemishes are bites or injuries that scarred the animal’s skin when it was alive. The leather is still robust but will be rejected by manufacturers because of visual inconsistencies.
The application of a pebbling pattern to these pieces of leather helps to revitalise them, hiding any perceived defects. Instead of being discarded as waste, they can now be used to create quality leather goods. So in this way, embossing helps to make the leather industry that bit more waste efficient.