We use pull up leather exclusively in all our bags.
Pull up is leather naturally imbued with a lot of oils. When you flex this leather, it will actually change color to show where the oils are moving around. Because of how much oil is in this leather, it can be more difficult for contaminants to penetrate it, which means means you don’t need to clean it as regularly. Same for conditioning – this kind of leather will usually only need to be conditioned 1-2 times a year at most. It’s a minimal maintenance wonder. Keep it some place nice and take care of spills or water when they happen, and this leather will stick around long after you’ve snuffed it.
About that colour – it’s beautiful. Pull up leather was designed to look rugged and used the day it came out of the box. It’s the perfect companion for somone who likes to live their life on the edge. It would probably be most telling to describe the aesthetics as a sort of leathery chalkboard, minus the fingernail screeching. Fingernails won’t do much at all, in fact – more on that in a moment. It’s got a chalky look and texture, and tends to keep a history of marks and patterns on its surface at any given time. But don’t get me started on the patterns – it’s too late, I’m already started. If you’re a mathematician, you should probably be familiar with this particular formula: oil + leather + time = patina. It’s true. Pull up’s natural qualities and inherent reservoir of oils make it a prime candidate for developing beautiful patina.
This stuff is tough nuts. It’s a special type of full grain leather, in fact, which preserves the toughest part of the hide – the outside of the skin, hence your marks and scars. This leather can either be finished or unfinished, which will also provide it with varying degrees of resistance against the elements. As for the elements that do catch it, they’re more likely to bead at the surface than absorb immediately, giving you plenty of time to take care of accidents. Scratches have got an even better deal. If you slide your fingernail across the skin, it’s likely to leave marks. But with just a little bit of finger rubbing, that scratch will disappear as quickly as it came. Naturally this doesn’t work as well on finished leather, but your unfinished leather’s going to have some great resistance to tarnish.
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