Smell and feel the difference: Top-Grain Cowhide vs "Genuine Leather"


Tan Top-Grain Leather Cowhide | Mission Leather Co

Mmmmm … do you smell that? That’s the smell of 100% top-grain leather gently hugging your MacBook.

When it comes to protecting your expensive tech gear, Mission Leather Co excels in providing only the very best in both material and design.

For example, most leather cases on the market are made with genuine leather, which is produced from the leftover layers of hide after the top layers are split off to be used for better grades of leather. The surface is then refinished, often with spray paint, to appear like higher grades. But don’t be fooled. Genuine leather stains extremely easily and does not wear well with age. Additionally, if any liquid comes into contact with genuine leather, it will peel and flake. And because the hide used to make genuine leather is so thin, it is sometimes bonded to vinyl to make it sturdier. This often gives the leather a plastic appearance. It also does not feel or smell like nicer leathers.

Here at Mission Leather Co, we use only top-grain cowhide leather, which is stronger and far more durable than its genuine counterpart. Top-grain leather is made from the top layer of hide, which is sanded to be soft and supple and to remove any scars and scrapes from the hide. Our leather cases are untreated to highlight the natural quality of the leather. Our cases age beautifully, as the colors deepen and the leather becomes even softer over time. We know you will see, feel, and even smell the difference in quality!