We always talk about the soft and luxurious feel of Napa leather, but do we really know where it came from? I did some digging and came up with a few interesting facts. Surprisingly, there was a man called Emanuel Manasse who worked for a tannery in Napa California in 1875 and he was the guy who first invented it.
I want to keep this simple and not get bogged down in too much technical stuff, so firstly, it is a full grain leather and comes from the skin of kids or lambs. The pieces are small and very soft and are perfect for gloves and jackets. It is one of the most expensive kinds of leather as the way it is treated and dyeing has to be done with the utmost care. It is very supple and lightweight and wears well compared to other leathers.
Of course the dyeing can be done in so many colours that you are going to be spoilt for choice. Wearing a jacket from Napa leather feels just like wearing a second skin, not heavy – just light and wonderful.