Let’s talk leather. And particularly, what makes our leather so special at Lily Jade. You can rest assured that from start to finish we care about the details. When you invest in our leather products, you are getting the absolute best in feel, finish, and quality. Our luxe leather starts off with high quality hides. These hides are selected for their size, appropriate thickness, and beautiful surface characteristics.
For most leather handbag brands, any old hide will do. Their low grade surface layer is sanded smooth to remove blemishes. It is then sprayed with a plastic coating to cover up any remaining defects and then run through a hydraulic press to put a fake “natural” texture back into the leather. Unfortunately, the sanding process removes a layer of the strongest part of the leather and eliminates the natural characteristics of the hide. Low grade leathers are what you get at department stores (brands like Coach or Kate Spade) and on most other handbag brands as well. The sanded and embossed leather will not achieve the strength or the plush hand feel of a naturally tumbled leather like ours. It is the tumbling that brings out the natural surface texture and soft feel of our bags. No sanding, no hydraulic press embossing, and no hiding a low quality hide.
Our tumbling process produces the natural pebbling, soft buttery feel, and unique character that has become a Lily Jade Signature. Go ahead, compare Lily Jade leather to any other leather.
Most of our leather is made right here in the USA. Our New York leather factory makes leather for high end luxury vehicles as well as bespoke fashion and furniture brands. They have experience in producing the very best. Did you know: Hides used in the leather industry are the by-product of the beef industry. Rather than go to waste, we produce a luxury heirloom product that can be used for years to come.
Our Deluxe leather line comes in a full range of colors and includes a coating that prevents staining, helps keep a uniform color, and offers water and stain resistance to our bags. You find this finish on colors like Brandy, Black, Camel or Blush. Our Old English leather line does not have a top finish coating, but rather is dyed using natural waxes and oils to create the unique, natural finish. Your bag reacts to your touch to reveal its complex coloring. This beautiful technique allows for distressing that will patina beautifully and just get better with age.
Handbag construction. Your mom was right. It’s what’s on the inside that counts. So much goes into making a fantastic handbag that you don’t see from the outside. It is the special backing we use to give the bag just the right amount of structure while allowing for a little slouch to occur as the bag breaks in. It is the reinforced points behind every load bearing panel and anchor point. It is the doubled stitching in every critical point as well as the strength and quality of the threads we use to put it all together. Unless you dissect your bag, you’ll never really see what is underneath, but we build these bags for you to use for years to come. Chances are you will.
The devil’s in the details, on a low quality handbag anyway. In our case, the Angels are in the details. Let me explain, starting with the handles. You’ll notice most handbags use the cheap way for a factory to finish the handle edges. It’s called edge paint. Just cut the handle strap straight and paint the edges with soft plastic and you’re done. The problem is that leather is much more durable than edge paint. When a bag starts wearing prematurely, the edge paint is usually the first to give. It cracks, peels, fades or stains, and generally looks like a cheap way to make a finished leather handle. Take a look at our handle edges. We don’t use edge paint on load bearing surfaces, ever. We put in the extra effort and time to thin the edges of the handles down before we use extreme precision to fold them in and stitch them closed. You’ll never have to worry about your Lily Jade handles giving you trouble.
Give me another fine detail you ask? Sure, take a look at our tassels. Better yet, take a look at one of your tassels. Go ahead, go find one. Notice how your tassel has one finished side and one raw side? That is a cost saving feature for the tassel maker. And generally, everyone is so used to seeing the raw side, most don’t think twice about it. But take a look at our tassels. You’ll see we take two pieces of leather, painstakingly thin them out and perfectly bond them together before we cut and roll the tassel to give you two finished sides. Necessary, no. But our mission is to give you the very best and we think the details matter. If we take great care in the little things, how much more love and care goes into the whole package?
Oh, and about that tassel. On our leather bags, the beads you see are an actual gemstone. Not glass, not ceramic, not plastic. This is a hand harvested, hand finished gem stone made specifically for our Lily Jade tassels. We sort through the finished beads individually to get the perfect color and consistency for every strand.
Let’s look at our bag liners. If you take a peek into our bags, you’ll something unique about our pockets. That’s right, we trim them in leather. The leather trimmed interior pockets help to add rigidity and structure and provide a smooth surface for your hands and items as you reach in. You will also notice that even the interior zipper is trimmed with our quality leather. No detail was spared! The liner itself is thick but not heavy at all. Our liner feels so good to your hands. Not scratchy or rough. It’s durable and an added expensive for us to use for these bags. But worth it, because we wouldn’t think of giving you anything less.
We would be remiss to not mention our top notch hardware and zippers. Durable plating for the hardware and smooth zippers to promote tranquility in your life. You know what a bad zipper feels like, right? And those strap clips won’t leave you frustrated when your hands are cold or you only have one hand available. They are thumb operated, heavy duty, beautiful, and they open wide to make connecting a snap.
Mothering can be hard work, choosing a bag brand shouldn’t be. Everything we make, we make with a sophisticated, discerning person in mind. We are thinking about you. We have taken the very best quality materials to create a luxury product with the best value on the market. Extreme levels of detail and quality that other brands simply don’t match.
You can get far less quality for the same price as our bags just about anywhere. But if you are looking for something special that will last for years to come...if you are someone who admires fine craftsmanship and feels satisfaction from owning a no compromises, purpose built piece of art that you get to use and take with you everywhere...if you are looking for a community of women who feel the same way, welcome to Lily Jade.