If I have said it once, I have said it 1000 Times… “All Leather is not created equal!” The key word hear is, CREATED! The incredible natural hide of the animal kingdom is copied, but never duplicated. The living and breathing hide of the bovine class, has been used by man since the creation for protection in clothing, housing, tools, bedding, etc. But now man has tried to imitate it using all kinds of deceptions, lies and word play to fool the unsuspecting buyers.
Once the natural hide is harvested, and the beef industry is the largest supplier of this produce, it goes through an old world process of “tanning,” that if done properly, will preserve, protect and improve on its, beauty, durability and longevity. It done incorrectly, it will be destroyed and will fail soon after it is used to manufacture, shoes, furniture, clothing, belts, etc. Very few hides move into the category of, 100% Top Grain, full new buck hides. Others will be rejected and reclassified as splits, seconds, or ground up into fibers used for many other products (more on this later), including dog food!
So when you see advertised, “leather sofa or chair,” how can you be sure you are getting real leather? The answer will only be offered if you question the salesman, read the manufacturer’s label or push for clarification to what kind of, “leather,” you are getting. If you were to look at a cross section of the skin/hide, you would see layers withing the hide. There are two distinct layers. The top layer is where the hair of the animal is connected, right below that is a fiber layer of connected tissue that is crossed at 45 degree angles that firmly holds the hair follicles and is the strongest.The next layer is connected tissue, but is more horizontal in its character and not as strong and does not have the natural markings and dimples of the top layer. The hide, in its full thickness, is too thick for many items, like furniture, more suitable for belts, show soles, etc. The hide is split horizontally into two slices. The top hide is the highest quality and and in the tanning process the hair is gently removed and tumbled through an extensive process to prepare it for softening, coloring and conditioning. The thinner, second layer, shows no sign of the original top grain and appears like suede.
The top grain hide tanning process, which permanently alters the protein structure of the skin, making it more durable and less susceptible to decomposition, and also possibly coloring it. I have an amazing video posted on the PremiereHTS web site at Leather Tanning Video. I say all this to get to the point, if it isn’t 100% real leather, you are about to make a horrible mistake. The The furniture industry has invented a product or two that would fool the best of us, like a Cubic Zirconium fake diamond fools everyone!
The big lie is BONDED LEATHER! Or there are a few others like, Leather Matched,” reconstituted leather, faux leather and just plain vinyl matched leather. Who could ever forget the1960’s Naugahyde! Today the monster is Bonded Leather! You need to search the internet and read about the polyurethane, petroleum based, plastic imitation. You will be told the wonders of Bonded leather, yet is it the furthest thing from leather on the planet. Cheap it is, durable, comfortable, reliable it is NOT! PLEASE, do not be fooled like so many before you. Even leather matched is taking split leathers and using about 15% to 20% on top surfaces of your furniture and matching the rest of the chair with a vinyl, plastic product produced to look like leather, yet in time will become brittle and where sewn together with real leather, which becomes supple,seam s will fail.
You will pay more the the real McCoy, but you will be buying new furniture again within a few years, while the real leather furniture will last near a lifetime! “Pay me now or Pay me Later… “Because Nobody was ever sorry for buying the BEST!”
Michael Laurino CEO/President PremiereHTS Home Theater Seating
I have explained it in a short video in my training on the PremiereHTS web site. I have included a longer video from a world class tannery in Italy, but this video from Ralph Ricciardi, president of Boss Leather, is one of the best I have seen and represent the kind of quality only used at Premiere Home Theater Seating. Take a few minutes and watch this before you purchase any leather furniture!]]>
How did we do it and what do we offer? There is a complete set of videos on the PremiereHTS web site that will walk you through the process, but I will try and simply put together here, the bullet points and highlights.
Manufactured in our privately held, 250,000 square foot facility in Southern California, each of our exclusive incliners are designed, manufactured and assembled by hand. Our team consist of leather artisans, furniture craftsmen, designers and partner American manufactures with long histories in their specific trade of expertise. Our wood facility is unique in that most others will job out the structural frames and cut corners with inferior materials, poor assembly techniques, without concern for longevity or integrity, NOT PremiereHTS!
Once the frame moves to the next phase, the insertion of the industries finest mechanisms by, Leggett & Platt, with over 135 years of history and acclaimed recognition is secured into the wood assembly. The chair is taking shape and the next phase is to pad the entire skeleton to insure comfort and support. Cross springs supports under each three layered, memory foam seat cushion and Dacron wrapping for adder comfort are assembled.
Once completely cushioned, the final upholstery takes place, but not until the Italian leathers have been hand selected, matched and cut to specific patterns, computerized for optimization of each hide. This will remove any imperfections, scars, or unusable areas of the hide. Once each pattern is complete, our highly skilled seamstresses, with years of experience, using only the finest German machines, bring the pattern to full completion.
Each section of the chair is now passed onto the upholstery teams, applying each section of the chair by hand, assuring the tight, beautiful finished look and feel of each product. Then it is finally ready for the inspection and test phase. Each group is connected, aligned and tested both mechanically, structurally and visually.
What sets PremiereHTS apart from the rest? Our commitment that says, “We will not sell any product that we ourselves would not be proud to own and put the PremiereHTS name on.” With over 80 years and three generations of furniture expertise and 45+ years honored in the Audio/Video Home Theater Seating category, we are not about to venture outside of that reputation. Our motto is, “Nobody was ever Sorry for buying the BEST!”]]>