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Looking For Leather Experts: Coach "Sport Calf"


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May 14, 2019
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I have a question for the leather experts here. I generally only buy vegetable-tanned leather bags, and most of my bags are from lesser-known, smaller brands. I was at the Coach store, though, and saw a Coach Bleecker backpack (Style No. 86929) in the dark saddle color. I loved the style and the feel of the leather, but I couldn't get an answer (either at the store or online) about whether the leather was vegetable-tanned or chrome-tanned.

They call the leather "Sport Calf." When I contacted them online to find out, the person helping wasn't sure which type of tanning was used for it, and this was as much as she could tell me:

Here are the details listed: Made with lightweight cowhide. Purposely crafted with a very fine grain for a smooth effect. Milled to generate a soft, supple hand and vintage texture, with a pre-worn look. Finished with a light wax to maintain a smooth, soft effect. Handling brings out natural oils which continue to burnish and polish the article over time.
I don't know if this helps, but it's super-supple leather -- like a very soft glove -- with a light shine (but definitely not glossy). There's a mild waxy and/or oily feel when you press and rub your fingers into it. It has markings, and is definitely not perfectly uniform in color or pattern across the surface, and especially from panel to panel.

Additionally, for anyone who's owned anything made of Coach "Sport Calf," if you could offer some words about how it's held up (and how it's aged) over time, I would certainly appreciate it.

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