I don't buy the "If you like it, it's good quality" argument. There has to be such a thing as objectively high quality leather. Otherwise the TOJ thread wouldn't have been masturbating to NZ lamb for so many years (and rightfully so).
I suppose artisanal fashion blurs the lines the most when the desired aesthetic of the leather takes precedence over pure quantifiable leather quality. I just can't help but feel that some of these designers are using finishes and processing as an excuse to use poor leather for their creations, simply because no one can tell what the true quality is--if that matters.
Here's a quote by Drew about a burberry leather:
Originally Posted by impolyt_one
I seriously bet that Burberry's own cost on that jacket is less than $50 (5 thin hides, some processing, a few zippers they order gazillions of, and some lining they also order a gazillion yards of, all made by children), maybe even quite lower depending on where it's made.
Perhaps one of our local designers like @Zamb can shed some light on this. His leathers have a reputation for quality by SFers who own them.