Not full grain leather
Your belt peels and crack easily simply because your belt is not made of full grain leather.
In layman terms it means that your belt is not made of real leather.
Will a $20,000 branded leather bag peel?
The thought experiment in the sub heading should more than suffice to demonstrate how the peeling belts in your hands are not made of real leather (technical term: full grain leather).
Just imagine said exorbitant bag peeling. It will cause an uproar.
Therefore, simply, real leather is supposed to last and if your belt is peeling and cracking and doing all sorts of things that it shouldn’t be, there is no doubt as to the material your belt is made of.
Leather belts bought online and at departmental stores
For all sorts of economic reasons that are too big for this post to address, departmental stores as well as online stores and mega online platforms mostly sell belts that are made of “coated split”.
The tricky part is that coated split qualifies as “genuine leather” or “real leather”.
In detail, they are partially genuine / real.
Leather split is but genuine leather with its most valuable epidermis removed. There is the outer smooth waterproof part of animal skin (epidermis) and there is the flesh side of skin that is on the inside touching the fats and muscles.
A hide that is 5-7mm thick, once sent through a splitting machine that splits the leather cross sectionally into the “outside” sheet and the “inside” sheet of the leather, will yield the full grain leather and the split leather respectively.
Split is used to make suede
Yes, suede is made of split leather. It undergoes a series of post finishing processes to yield that luxurious furry touch. Otherwise, it is a rough unwanted material as in the following photo.
Just a rehash: therefore is split leather that is used to make that coated split leather belt, which you purchased from some store somewhere, genuine leather? Sure it is.
The peeling coated split leather belt
As mentioned earlier, if split leather isn’t finished to become the luxurious suede, the original fibrous and rough surface is aesthetically undesirable.
Therefore the solution to turning it into a viable product for sale, in our case “leather belts”, is to touch it up cosmetically by coating the entire surface of the rough split with a layer of plastic or polymer.
Hence the name “coated split”.
Problems with coated split belts
- There is an intrinsic weakness, ie there is a fracture, between the layers of coat and the split. Any force or pressure applied along the belt results in the separation between the two layers, ie the coat peels off the split. This occurs most frequently in the areas surrounding the buckle because of the bending and twisting in order to fasten the belt.
- The polymer and the split dries independently of each other. While the split continuously absorbs moisture and oil from the wearer of the belt, the nonabsorbent polymer eventually dries which results in cracks or peeling as in point 1.
This should more than suffice to explain why your leather belt even exorbitantly branded ones peel and crack easily.
Why buy Aquila full grain leather belts
- Aquila belts are made of full grain leather.
- No points of fracture along the entire length of belt, unlike the fracture between the layers of polymer and the split.
- Continued use of the full grain leather belt moisturizes the entire length of the strap including the epidermis, preventing it from drying and hence does not crack.
- Full grain leather seasons with use to become more beautiful.
- Aquila was established by us at Broadway Leather Co. since 1980.
Looking forward to receiving you at Aquila : D
Written by Keching.