Originally Posted by barky
Hi Charlie, would be so kind as to post a photo comparing the various Baker's leather including the above? Thanks.
This is quite tricky, the reason being its very difficult to take a single photo that represents a Bakers colour well. They have amazing depth and subtlety of colour, but because of that are quite varied both between pieces and across the same piece, hence the difficulty! The Bakers stuff is quite polarising I find, if you love consistency Sedgwick leather is amazing - they are very very consistent batch to batch, quality is world class and the colours don't vary at all really. If you love leather with character and interest Bakers is for you, their leathers are subtle and beautiful because of rather than inspite of of their variation. Depending on your point of view you could argue the case either is the best bridle leather maker in the world.
For completeness this is the swatch of London from above. When new the leather will be brighter and have a little more yellow. It'll age to a richer brown than this over time
These are good photos of Oak Brown. It varies from a warm mid brown to a rich darker brown. It doesnt have red undertones. Its normal 4 to sometimes 4 1/2mm You can see from the watch strap photo its a cousin to the London Colour - its rare for it to be consistently this light.
This is Australian Nut, probably the hardest to photograph. It has a lot of red and comes to life in the sun or when flexed. This is generally the lightest and most flexible leather from Bakers we do at 3 1/2 - 4mm
This is Dark Stain Harness leather. Its made specifically for us. It varies in colour from a Sedgwick Australian Nut colour to a Dark Havanna colour but is generally toward the darker end with warm reddy highlight. Its a lovely leather, my personal favourite I think. Its heavyweight at about 5mm
The Russet is undyed and ages beautifully
Very happy to send free samples to anyone who'd like them
Hope this helps!