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Suede Bag Care Kit

Suede is a type of fuzzy leather with a napped finish, made from the underside of the animal skin, primarily from lamb, although goat, calf and deer are commonly used which is softer and more pliable than, though not as durable as the outer skin layer. There are two categories of suede, the coarser is the split-suede and the finer is the nappa-suede.

Split-Suede – are from the thicker hides of cows and deer and are typically the second layer of the skin with a higher fiber content and have a shaggy nap. Because suede does not include the tough exterior skin layer, it is less durable but softer than standard "full-grain" leather. Due to its textured nature and open pores, suede may become dirty and quickly absorb liquids. These leathers would have both sides suede, however the finer side with a higher density is usually used on the outside. The only difference when comes to cleaning is the use of the proper tools like a brass SplitSuedeBrush-3 brush and Eraser-5 to match the coarseness of the naps or piles. A non-stick Protector-W/W+ matches the waxy feel of these split-suede.

Nappa-suede - are the finer suede that has not split that comes from a younger animal, thus the reverse side of these suede is the smooth grain. A finer nylon brush like SuedeNapaBrush-2 is used instead in conjunction with LeatherEraser-4 and a matching Protector-S/S+ to impart a silky-feel is preferred.

example of split-suede of coarse-nap from Chanel . . .

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 example of split-suede of fine-nap from Gucci . . .

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