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Leather Glossary


Aniline dyeing:
 The process of dyeing the hide with transparent dyes which penetrate the cell layers throughout. This process produces deep, vibrant colors while simultaneously preserving the unique characteristics and natural markings of the hide. This process could be compared to staining wood as opposed to painting it. 

Bridle Leather: Using only the highest quality hides, bridle leather goes through an intensive finishing process that involves adding special oils, grease and wax polishes to coat the top layers. This deepens and evens the color, while also maintaining a smooth finish. This leather is comfortable enough to wear on the face of a horse, but also tough enough to withstand heavy repeated use while repelling sweat and dirt. 

Calfskin: Leather derived from young bovines, which provides a finer grained, lighter and more supple leather than that from an older cow. 

Chrome Tanning: Leather tanned with chromium salts, and/or chromium sulfate, as opposed to vegetable tanning, which uses natural tannins found in tree bark and other plants. 

Crocking: The transfer of color and oils from dyed leather. 

Deerskin: Deer and elk skins wherein the grain remains intact. 

Embossing: The use of pressure to impress into the leather a texture in imitation of full grain. Embossing is also the process of using heat and pressure to impress monogrammed initials.

Fat Liquors: An emulsion of oils and greases in water, typically with an emulsifying agent, used to lubricate the fibers of the leather. 

Fat Wrinkle: Fat deposits in the animal cause fat wrinkles on the surface, a sure sign of a healthy, well fed animal. These wrinkles are visible most in full grain leather. 

Full Grain: A term used to describe a hide that has had the hair removed, but otherwise has not been sanded, buffed or corrected in anyway. Full grain leather is the strongest, finest grade of leather made from the outer most part of the hide, therefore showing any wrinkles and marks. Over time these marks are enhanced by wear and develop a rich, unique patina. 

Goatskin: Skin from a mature goat.

Grain: The texture and pattern of a hide’s surface. 

Lambskin: Skin from a lamb or young sheep. 

Leather: The skin of an animal that has been treated, dressed and preserved. 

Patina: The resulting appearance of leather over time. Knicks, scrapes, bumps, friction and pressure, oils coming to the surface and receding, all cumulatively give each piece of leather a unique appearance.

Skiving: Slicing, shaving, or splitting leather into a thin layer, especially in areas where pliability is desired without weakening the leather. 

Split Grain: When splitting the leather, two pieces are created: the top grain, and the split grain, which is the lower, weaker half of the hide. Often times this leather is pigmented and embossed to imitate full grain leather. 

Suede: The buffing process used on split leather, which creates a nap. 

Tannery: The place in which animal hides are tanned and processed. 

Tannin: Astringent substances of plant origin used in tanning leather. 

Tanning: The treatment of animal skins that prevents decomposition, as well as increases durability. This process permanently changes the protein structure in the hide, and can take over 6 hours.

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Our lifetime guarantee is a warranty against defects in materials (leather and hardware such as snaps, zippers, buckles, rivets, etc.) and workmanship. Our leather, as with all natural materials, will occasionally have unique characteristics such as: small scars, creases and variations in the colors and are not considered defects. Validated warranty repairs are repaired or replaced at no charge.

Due to the nature of leather and vintage materials our warranty does not cover natural wear and tear from daily love. Worn edges or corners, natural fading and softening of materials is an expected occurrence.  We guarantee the foundation of our product will hold your belongings safely. We find that patches and natural wear are a part of the story that unfolds as your product grows with you. One of a kind, Vintage and Found product may need to be patched or stitch due to the nature of vintage material. We charge between $35 and $75 depending on natural wear and tear or can recommend a local cobbler to expedite repair.

Exclusions and Limitations include shoes, hats, furniture, watches, jewelry, clothing, home goods, vintage product and FINAL SALE merchandise.

Maintain your favorite leather pieces regularly to ensure soft and supple leather. Leather can be cleaned and restored with a regimen of leather care products designed to clean, condition and protect. Leather Care can help maintain your product longer. Please see our Leather Care page for more information. We recommend conditioning your leather at a minimum of every 6 months. Learn more about how to care for your leather.

If you are in a dryer (hot or cold) climate please condition your product as soon as it feels less supple, dull or faded. Vegetable tanned leather when conditioned should feel slightly oiled and look rich. Similar to the nature of skin it needs to be moisturized as soon as it feels dry. We charge $25 + shipping for conditioning or head to a store for onsite conditioning for Free and the full Will Leather Goods experience.

Please Contact Us to receive a quote for non-warranty repairs.

Warranty Exclusions and Limitations
Any warranty claims associated with the below list are not considered manufacture defects and are not covered within our Lifetime Guarantee policy. At the discretion of Will Leather Goods, a fee may be incurred for repair.

Any warranty claims associated with the below list of merchandise categories do not fall within our Lifetime Guarantee policy.

1 Year Limited Warranty Exemptions

The following have a limited 1 year warranty that is valid from the date of purchase. At the discretion of Will Leather Goods, a fee may be incurred to the user to repair the merchandise if the warranty claims does not fall within the 1 year timeframe.

All Warranty Repair requests must be processed and validated by our Warranty Team.

FAQS

Have your receipt?
Please include it in your email request for return or bring it with you to any of our stores. This way we can reimburse your original purchase price to either your original method of payment or as a merchandise credit, or use it to help exchange your item.

No receipt?
Please let us know as much information as you can about your purchase so that we can locate a record of it. If we can't, we'll reimburse you with a Will Leather Goods gift card for the current selling price of the item or replace your item. To help ensure fairness to all customers, we do require a receipt in certain situations. Please see our Special Conditions for details

Special Conditions
If you purchased Will Leather Goods merchandise from one of our Valued Retailers, please contact them directly to facilitate a return or exchange.

To help protect our customers and make sure every return or exchange is dealt with fairly, we reserve the right to not refund the following,
-Will Leather Goods is not responsible for any missing packages or COD
-Customer is responsible for shipping cost
-We reserve the right to refuse delivery of packages received without a Return Authorization 
-All return and exchange requests must be received within 30 days of purchase either online or from our Will Leather Goods retail locations.
-Proof of purchase is required to validate a return or exchange
-If you purchased an item from our sale page, these items are eligible for exchange or store credit only, unless marked FINAL SALE online. SAMPLE SALE product is FINAL SALE
-All returned merchandise must be in new, unworn, and original condition
-We have the right to charge a restocking fee of 15%, if product is not returned in original condition.
-Monogrammed merchandise is not eligible for a refund or exchange. All sales are final.
-Items that were not purchased directly from Will Leather Goods (such as items purchased at thrift stores, online sellers or garage sales)
-Items with a missing label or an item that has been defaced
-On rare occasions, based on the nature of prior transactions
-Without a receipt and a valid ID in our stores
-Items that have been soiled or contaminated, until they have been cleaned
-Items lost or damaged due to fire, flood or natural disaster


Product Care Information

We highly recommend using leather care treatment to maintain and preserve your leather products: Product Care

Our wax coated canvas is coated with paraffin which makes this water-resistant, but not waterproof. If your canvas product gets wet, we recommend you let it air dry thoroughly in a warm dry place. If at any time your canvas has scratches or marks, these can typically be reduced by using a hair dryer on medium heat to help the wax soften and absorb back into the canvas.

By purchasing products from Will Leather Goods you agree to the terms in our Lifetime Warranty. Will Leather Goods reserves to right to alter, edit or cancel our Lifetime Warranty without notice.

The general rule of thumb for our belts is to go up two sizes from your pants size. So if you are buying a belt for a man who wears a size 32 pant, he will need a size 34 belt. Looking to try it out beforehand? Come into a Will store near you for "custom fitting"!
Pant Size Belt Size
30 32
32 34
34 36
36 38
38 40
40 42
42 44
The general rule of thumb for our belts is to go up two sizes from your pants size. So if you are buying a belt for a woman who wears a size 6 pant, she will need a size small belt. Looking to try it out beforehand? Come into a Will store near you for "custom fitting"!
Pant Size Belt Size
0 - 2 XS
4 - 6 S
8 - 10 M
12 - 14 L
16 - 18 XL
The sizes are determined by buckling the collar and measuring the inside circumference.
Small Medium
11" (1st Hole) 15.5" (1st Hole)
9.75" (3rd Hole) 14" (3rd Hole)
8" (5th Hole) 12.5" (5th Hole)
Large X-Large
20" (1st Hole) 23.75" (1st Hole)
18.25" (3rd Hole) 22" (3rd Hole)
17" (5th Hole) 19.75" (5th Hole)
Make It Your Own

The monogram has existed since 350 B.C., but came into popularity as steam ships started to cross the Atlantic to help identify the trunks and luggage of the travelers. Today, the monogram remains a functional identifier, while also lending personal style to your leather goods.

Personalize your product or gift with monogramming in either our small sans serif font (1/4") or our large serif font (1/2") shown above. We use traditional heat stamping to emboss into our vegetable tanned leather.