Excuse my ignorance I guess.. I thought suede was the flesh side of the leather. (Wisegeek.com
: "Generally, suede is created from either the inner split or the flesh split of a piece of leather.").Freedictionary
(Clothing, Personal Arts & Crafts / Tanning)
a. a leather finished with a fine velvet-like nap, usually on the flesh side of the skin or hide, produced by abrasive action
Guess it can be the flesh side, but not always?Irvingtanning.com
Suede: Split leather that has been buffed and brushed to create a fuzzy surface feel.
Split leather: Leather made from the lower (inner or flesh side) layers of a hide that have been split away from the upper, or grain, layers. Split leather is more fragile than side leather or full-grain leather, and is typically used in the form of suede.Etherington & Roberts Dictionary
A term taken from the French, "gants de Suède" (Swedish gloves), and applied to a leather finished on the flesh side by buffering so as to raise a velvet-like nap. The typical suede leather is produced from the smaller skins, such as calfskin, kidskin, lambskin and goatskin, although cowhide has also been used.The nap is produced by buffing or wheeling the surface on the flesh side, or the split side of flesh splits
; velvet suedes, however, are buffed on the grain side.
Maybe what they mean by "reverse" is that they use the flesh side of a full-grain (non-split) hide? Which would be more expensive than typical suede which is made from the flesh side of a split hide (according to most definitions it seems).