Crazy Horse Leather is one of the best decisions you can take nowadays (and we weigh our words!).

Whether in the leather sector or more broadly in the textile/fashion sector, we are often faced with a lot of choices and very limited information about the different available materials (which probably explains your presence here, doesn't it?).

Through this brief but concise article, we give you all the keys to find your way around. Let's dive into it!

Crazy Horse Leather is a first-class material, now booming as it is increasingly gaining popularity among stylists and designers from around the world.

Indeed, while the vintage and retro trends are at their maximum, this type of leather perfectly meets the main requirements of this trend: it improves with time and it is an extremely robust and durable material. 

But what crazy horse leather is exactly? 

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A name that draws its origins from its history

This material is not quite new. Actually, it is known and used for centuries and in several civilizations.

But one might say that it's only for several years that the attention of the world for this unique material grew back again.

Where does it name come from? 

While one might think that the Crazy Horse Leather is made from the horse's skin, this is entirely false. Crazy Horse Leather, also known as saddle leather, is a cow leather type and only draws its name from its own history.

Indeed, this type of leather was, and still is, highly esteemed by the various saddleries, which valued the natural patina and the solidity that the leather took over time and uses.

It gives a "country cowboy style" to every finished product made of crazy horse leather. This is why the Crazy Horse Leather was named after this fashion"trend".

It's important to note, however, that genuine Horse leather also exists, but it's not the topic we decided to cover here.

The Crazy Horse Leather is a type of Full Grain Leather, which is the best quality leather (followed by Top Grain leather, then Genuine Leather and then bonded Leather).

Crazy Horse leather backpacks and related products can last decades with good care, whereas genuine leather items will last only a few years.

The robustness and the quality of this type of leather is due to the high density of granularity of the upper part of the skin.

On the picture below, you can find the different types of leather available on the market. You can see that the Crazy Horse Leather (a Full Grain leather variant), is made of the upper, and stronger part of the cow's flesh

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A traditional and artisanal manufacturing process

Why is this leather so special?

Because it comes from one of the strongest, the most tender and noble parts of the skin.

This fine-grained skin is then smoothed out of these different imperfections before being applied to different layers of oil (linseed oil) or wax (bee wax).

It is also sometimes called "full-grain leather" because of its appearance that displays grain patterns. It is definitely the strongest type of leather and it will evolve over time, developing a unique and antique type of polish.

Indeed the natural process of soaking the leather into oil or wax transform the upper layer of the skin to form a sumptuous protective film with a unique vintage aspect.

The leather will evolve over time and will undoubtedly react to scratches and marks, giving the leather that unique and worn appearance that is so characteristic of this type of leather.

The wax being a completely natural substance, it does not impact negatively the quality or the resistance of the leather. In fact, it's the complete opposite.

Unlike treated leather, which does not change over time, Crazy Horse Leather lives and reacts to time and use, revealing variations in colour, giving the material an exceptional natural patina.

This process, which requires very few products, greatly enhances the aesthetics of the final product, which will only become more attractive over the years, providing the final product with real retro touch.

Each piece is therefore different and unique because they will evolve differently, depending on each user! So you are sure to have a bag that will look like no one else.

A top quality leather product with several benefits

- Crazy Horse Leather is extremely durable because it comes from a noble part of the animal and has a long lifespan, the leather becoming more appealing with the passage of time.

- The application of the oil makes the leather completely resistant to water and other liquids. When applied to leather, it optimally protects its fibres. Being a natural product, it does not damage the final product under any circumstances

- Wax allows crazy horse leather to withstand most of the other leather types. Such as liquid, food, fungus, sunshine, insects, and even some types of leather processing. 

- This material makes each piece unique (which is an important feature in our world). A single scratch will turn the fibre to another shade, a small bend will also modify its look. The wax rests only on the surface of the leather skin so the colouration might change but the quality of the inner fibre will remain!


If you're looking for travel backpacksmessenger bags or travel bags made of this noble material, have a look at our online shop, all of them are made of crazy horse leather and cotton canvas. Please find below our best-seller items, made of this noble material: 

HELSINKI's Travel Backpack

helsinki travel canvas backpack lying on a pine floor

REYKJAVIK's Canvas Rucksack

reykjavik canvas rucksack on a rock in a river bed

Göteborg Backpacker Rucksack

goteborg backpacker rucksack on a person on a rock on a river bed