Originally Posted by mogili222
Now I am confused. East West Apparel has different samples for Brown Smooth, Brown Oil Tan and Classic Brown and they look different too. Are these really different leathers? Which one of these is the heavy 7-8 oz leather that White's uses.
Thank you @daizawaguy and @lanafelt.
Yeah, definitely confusing... Here's my understanding: White's has always treated Brown Smooth and Brown Oil Tan as two different ways of referring to the same leather, which I think is the case. But they have in the past seemed to treat British Tan and Classic Brown as two different leathers, and indeed send me samples of each labeled differently. They seemed very similar to me, but I didn't look too closely because they were not on my option list. But then, a few months ago as I recall, someone on this board confirmed with White's that British Tan and Classic Brown were also the same leather. But depending on who you talk to at White's, you sometimes get different answers.
Bottom line: pretty sure that we have TWO leathers here only, Brown Oil Tan/Brown Smooth (the heavy stuff) on the one hand, and British Tan/Classic Brown on the other.
Now, as to whether British Tan is a CXL leather... seems unclear, though I really don't think it is.
Edited by linafelt - 6/12/14 at 10:10am