A guide to the Top 10 Most Popular Leathers and Skins (in alphabetical order)

1. AlligatorMatte Alligator 

Shiny Alligator 

Not to be confused with Crocodile, alligator skin is available in both Matte and Lisse (shiny). Physically, the main difference between alligator and crocodile is that alligator has a type of webbing pattern in the scales, and the scales are less uniform (see crocodile below).

2. Crocodile Niloticos and PorosusMatte Crocodile

Shiny Crocodile

Niloticus Crocodile bags are available in both Matte and Shiny. The scale pattern is slightly larger than Porosus Crocodile, and you can easily recognize a Niloticus bag by the ?? mark next to the embossed Hermès logo.Matte Porous

 Shiny Porosus

Porosus Crocodile, just like the Niloticus, comes in Matte and Shinny; the shine is achieved by buffing the skin until it’s glossy. You can recognize a Porosus bag by the ^ marking on the bag.

3. Togo

Togo is a highly popular leather because it does not scratch easily, and if necessary, can be refurbished to look almost new. It’s a grained calfskin and has a finer grain than Clemence. It is slightly heavier than Clemence in weight, and holds shape well.No matter your leather preference, we’re confident you’ll be able to find the  handbag of your dreams on

4. Box Calf Leather

Also known as veau leather, Box Calf is  oldest leather. Box Calf is very smooth with a glossy finish. It’s a very structured hard leather that holds shape well. It can blister if it gets wet, so be cautious around water, and be sure to use a raincoat. Be careful not to make large scratches to the leather as it is smooth and will detract from its beauty. If the leather does get scratched, the item can be taken to the Hermès boutique for servicing, which will reduce the appearance of scratches and blemishes.

5. Clemence

Clemence is a soft, buttery calfskin with a nice even grain. It will not show scratches as a smooth leather would because of the grain, which is smoother and softer than other grainy leathers, with a nice light weight. Over time, if a Clemence leather bag is overloaded with heavy items, it can become slouchy, so be sure not to overload your bags.

6. Epsom

Epsom leather replaced Courchevel leather. Unlike many other Hermès leathers, Epsom is embossed. The grain is pressed into the leather, giving it a laminated, rigid and structured appearance. Epsom leather will really hold its shape, and will show scratching less than smooth leathers. It’s also very lightweight and very easy to clean.

7.LizardMatte Lizard

 Shiny Lizard

Lizard bags get their shiny look from the small lizard scales. You can recognize an Hermès lizard leather by the – or = signs. Lizard is delicate, and if not taken care of, the scales may dry out, as any other small reptile skin will. It needs to be taken well care of and kept in appropriate temperatures to avoid drying and peeling.

8. Ostrich

Something that makes this leather so special and unique, aside from its pores, is that it darkens upon contact with hands, but lightens when exposed to natural or artificial light. Ostrich leather is very durable and resistant to wear, and with the proper care, it can last many years.

9. Swift

Formerly known as Gulliver, Swift is a semi soft, semi matte, fine-grain leather. It’s similar to Box Calf in smoothness, but not as stiff and not shiny. Because it absorbs dye really well, bright colors will be more saturated in this material, and they appear to glisten under sunlight. However, it scratches easier than other leathers, but blemishes can be removed by taking the bag to the Hermès spa.


Fjord leather is very durable leather similar to Togo or Clemence. It’s highly scratch resistant, and does not spot easily from water. It’s also a heavy leather with visible vertical veins, and a velvety texture. Very often, large travel bags are made from Fjord because of its durability.





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