Unveiling the Distinctions: Full Grain Leather, Top Grain Leather, and Split Leather.
August 15, 2023

Unveiling the Distinctions: Full Grain Leather, Top Grain Leather, and Split Leather.


When it comes to the world of leather, understanding the nuances between different types is essential to make an informed choice. Sellers offers an array of leather options, including Full Grain Leather, Top Grain Leather, and Split Leather. In this article, we're diving deeper into the differences among these three varieties, shedding light on their unique characteristics and qualities.

Full Grain Leather:

DiLoro's Full Grain Leather stands as the pinnacle of quality and authenticity and it is the preferred leather we use on our leather products. Sourced from the topmost layer of the hide, this type of leather retains its natural grain, presenting a visual and tactile testament to its genuine origin. Imperfections like scars, wrinkles, and variations in color are proudly displayed, adding to the allure of Full Grain Leather. As time passes, a rich patina develops, enhancing its inherent beauty and individuality.

What truly sets Full Grain Leather apart is its exceptional durability. The tightly woven fibers ensure remarkable resistance against wear and tear, allowing products made from this leather to age gracefully while maintaining their structural integrity. Additionally, the breathability of Full Grain Leather prevents moisture buildup and mold growth, making it an excellent choice for crafting items such as bags, wallets, and pen cases.

Top Grain Leather

The next layer will be the Top Grain leather, also known as Embossed Corrected-Grain Leather, which is still good quality leather. It does however not have the same characteristics and uniqueness that the full grain leather has. In most cases this top grain layer has had an artificial grain applied to its surface since it has been sanded and buffed to take away imperfections. With the top layer removed, the Top Grain Leather will have a more uniform finish, but it won't be as durable as full grain leather.

Leather quality explained - Full Grain vs. Top Grain Leather Layers

Split Leather:

Among these leather variations, Split Leather is distinct in its origin. It's obtained from the inner layers of the hide, making use of what remains after the top grain is separated. Split Leather is often further processed and finished to create a smooth surface, but it lacks the natural grain characteristic of Full Grain Leather. DiLoro does not offer this quality of leather, we primarily use Full Grain Leather.

While Split Leather might be more affordable, it generally lacks the resilience and longevity of Full Grain and even Top Grain Leather. It's commonly found in applications where cost is a significant factor.

Quality Leather explained - naming leather and it's different layers.

Genuine Leather:

Genuine Leather is a general term to simply describe that the product is made from actual leather. It is not a term to describe the quality of the leather (see above diagram). When buying high quality leather products such as a DiLoro leather wallet, pen case, watchcase, backpack or a briefcase you want to look for Full Grain Leather or Top Grain Leather. For leather wallets, pen cases, backpacks, watch- or briefcases your preference should however be Full Grain Leather or Top Grain Leather.


In the world of DiLoro's leather offerings, understanding the disparities among Full Grain Leather, Top Grain Leather, and Split Leather is pivotal. Whether you prioritize authenticity and durability, cost-effectiveness, or have specific applications in mind, your choice will be guided by these distinctions. DiLoro's commitment to quality ensures that regardless of your preference, you'll receive a leather product that aligns with your needs, embodying the essence of craftsmanship and excellence and that’s why of our products are primarily made from Full Grain Leather.

Every DiLoro leather product comes with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee and is backed by our manufacturer's warranty which you can get extended for an additional year at no charge, simply register your product on our website: Warranty Registration