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Why Is R. Riveter Leather Superior?

We use only FULL grain leather here at R. Riveter. Full-grain leather is considered the highest quality because it retains the entire grain layer of the hide, including the outer skin. This type of leather is not sanded or buffed to remove imperfections, preserving its natural texture and markings. It tends to be more durable, breathable, and develops a rich patina over time. Full-grain leather also has strength and resilience, making it resistant to wear and tear. The absence of heavy processing allows the leather to showcase its natural characteristics, providing a premium look and feel.
We also follow traditional edge painting processes and we are so passionate about this process. It involves applying a smooth and durable finish to the edges of leather items. Craftsmen often use special edge paint or dye, carefully applying multiple layers with a slicker or bone folder to achieve a polished look. Burnishing, a technique using friction to smooth the edges, is also common. The result is not only aesthetically pleasing but also enhances the durability and longevity of the leather product.
The leather that we use is unsurpassed as some of the highest quality material on the market. Proving to be far more natural and durable than synthetic or bonded leather and we love that the patina will start to tell the story of your journey together. The color will evolve over time and begin to take on a character as unique as the person carrying it and as authentic as the military spouses that helped create it.


The River Brown color as we call it was specifically formulated for us. We wanted to develop a color that had both top level warm Hughes and underlying cool tones that pairs well with Any outfit.This color leather was commonly seen and used during the 1940s in America
We love using FULL grain leather in our handbags because they just better with age.  If you happen to get scratches or water marks, you can usually get the bag looking new again with just a little maintenance. 

Care Instructions for R. Riveter Leather:

  1. When cleaning the leather, especially the first time, use a white rag that you don't mind getting soiled.  
  2. We suggest using mink oil, or if the leather is very soiled, a saddle soap. When using mink oil, or saddle soap, or even just a damp rag, please be aware that the leather will darken, and should be prepared to apply the cleaner to all the leather to make it even.
  3. Occasionally leather dye comes off on real veg tanned leather. This usually only happens the first time and is perfectly acceptable to happen while properly maintaining a real veg tanned leather purse.
  4. Saddle soap can be applied with a sponge to clean heavy areas on the leather as well as to buff out scratches.
  5. Whenever cleaning is being done the top finish is being removed and a new layer of finish should always be applied afterwards.
  6. When veg tanned leather is freshly dyed it is at its most rigid state. There is no way to mimic this natural process, but you can expedite it by applying any leather oil; we suggest a mink oil.

Leather Care