What Is Latigo Leather


Leather in its all-natural form is hardly ever used in the making of long-lasting products such as jackets, bags or shoes. Natural leather is extremely delicate and cannot bear the test of time which is why it goes through the tanning process. The process basically changes the whole protein structure of the leather, it can either be done through tanning and finishing or just using the mineral methods. After using both vegetable and mineral tanning procedures oils and waxes are infused in the skin which makes it turn into something we call Latigo Leather.

Is latigo leather strong?

Is latigo leather strong?
As far as the durability is concerned, Latigo leather is as good as any other type of leather i.e. cowhide or sheep leather. With extra layers of tanning, this leather is more resistant to heat, water and dust. Some people might feel that the leather jackets made out of it are stiff or rugged but they do get softer and smoother with time. Overall, these characteristics make this type of leather long-lasting and reliable. 

Can you tool latigo leather?

Can you tool latigo leather?
Usually people like to engrave things on their jackets or leather bags, belts or wallets, however, its different with Latigo leather. As we’ve already mentioned that it’s stiff and hard in nature which is why tooling it might be tough or nearly impossible. Vegetable tanning and the use of mineral method all together prevents the leather from any type of tooling. Naturally, this leather comes in black, red, tan, and dark brown colour. So if you’re looking for a gift for your loved ones that you can write a love note on, for any other type of leather but Latigo. 

Is latigo leather waterproof?

Is latigo leather waterproof?
With so many layers of vegetable or chromium tanning and finishing, the leather is bound to become water-resistant. Latigo leather is treated with conditioners and infused with oils which makes it almost completely waterproof and extremely durable. It is only this why latigo leather is the most common type of leather when it comes to making saddle seats, straps and horse tack.