Hermes Leather Name Reference Guide

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Hermes Leather Name Reference Guide

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Presenting the guide to identifying the different types of Hermes leather used on bags and other accessories. Hermes has a multitude of unique names to identify the variety of leather finishes it uses on a number of their classic pieces such as the Birkin, Kelly and more.  The guide below identifies many of the names for the types of finishes which are currently active or no longer being produced.
Jump to the most common leather types:
Box Calf,Clemence, Epsom,Togo
Use the (+)(-) toggles to open and close the different types of leathers. 
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ALLIGATOR  – Alligator material is available in  Matte and Lisse (shiny).  Typically the skin is farmed in the southern United States such as Louisiana and Florida. The difference between crocodile and alligator leather is that alligators lacks the dimples on the edge of the scales that appear on crocodile leather.

Hermes Alligator Lisse Leather

Hermes Alligator Lisse Leather


Hermes Light Grey Alligator Matte

Hermes  Alligator Matte

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AMAZONIA – Rubber coated canvas which looks like real leather.  It is waterproof but is prone to scratches. The opposite side of the material is usually the canvas without the rubber treatment. This material is no longer produced.
Hermes Brown Amazonia Leather 2

Hermes Amazonia Leather

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[toggle title=”Berenia Natural” state=”close” ]
BARENIA NATURAL – This leather was originally used for Hermes saddles. Smooth calf leather that is usually mixed with white top stitch. Resistant to scratches as this leather can absorb oils. It can even be used on rainy days as it can also resist water. The leather develops a patina over time.
Hermes Natural Barenia Leather 2

Hermes Barenia

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BOX CALF – Made of Calf Leather which is extremely smooth with a glossy finish. Scratches are more visible compared to the textured leathers but can be blended over time by light buffing. This is the oldest type of Hermes leather and frequently appears in Vintage Kellys.
Hermes Box Calf Leather

Hermes Box Calf Leather

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BUFFALO SKIPPER – Made of water buffalo. This leather is soft with medium sized grainy appearance. Dye is absorbed closer to the center of the grain making it appear somewhat spotted. The leather is water resistant
Hermes Buffalo Skipper Leather

Hermes Buffalo Skipper Leather


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CANVAS – A type of cloth that is treated and usually combined with other leathers. An example are the Hermes Herbag which is made mostly of canvas.
Hermes Natural Canvas

Hermes Natural Canvas

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CHAMONIX – The matte version of box calf. It is also a smooth leather but it is not shiny. It does not scratch easily like the box calf leather. This leather is not water resistant.
Hermes Black Chamonix Leather 2

Hermes Chamonix Leather

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[toggle title=”Chevre de Coromandel” state=”open” ]
CHEVRE DE COROMANDEL – A goathide leather which is soft. It is lightweight and scratch resistant.
Hermes Chevre de Coromandel

Hermes Chevre de Coromandel

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CHEVRE MYSORE – A goathide leather with a grain that is more refined than the Chevre de Coromandel. It is lightweight and scratch resistant.
Hermes Chevre Mysore Leather

Hermes Chevre Mysore Leather

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CLEMENCE – Made from baby bull, this leather is textured and scratch resistant.  The grain appears flatter and matte compared to the other grainy leather Togo. The leather makes bags slouchy as the leather is quite heavy.
Hermes Clemence Leather

Hermes Clemence Leather

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COURCHEVEL – A leather which is similar to the Epsom it is a stamped leather with very even grain throughout.  Glossier and darker at the top part of the grain. It is lightweight and easy to clean.
Hermes Courchevel Leather

Hermes Courchevel Leather

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[toggle title=”Crocodile Niloticus Matte” state=”Open” ]
CROCODILE NILOTICUS MATTE – Crocodile leather from Africa’s Nile River region in Zimbabwe.  The Hermes symbol on the bag will include two apostrophes ( ‘ ‘ )  to identify it as a Niloticus.
Hermes Crocodile Niloticus Matte

Hermes Crocodile Niloticus Matte

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CROCODILE NILOTICUS SHINY –  This is the Nile Crocodile, which is farmed in Africa’s Nile River region in Zimbabwe. It has a larger scale pattern compared to the Porosus. Its shine comes from continuous buffing until it shows a gloss. The Hermes symbol on the bag will include two apostrophes (‘ ‘) to identify it as a Niloticus.
Hermes Shiny Crocodile Niloticus Leather

Hermes Shiny Crocodile Niloticus Leather

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[toggle title=”Crocodile Porosus” state=”close” ]
CROCODILE POROSUS SHINY – This Crocodile is farmed in Australia and Southeast Asian countries like Singapore. Same with Niloticus, the shine comes from constant buffing of the skin until it shines.  The Hermes logo will include the symbol ^ to identify it as a “Porosus”.
Hermes Black Crocodile Porosus

Hermes Black Crocodile Porosus

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[toggle title=”Dalmatian Buffalo” state=”close” ]
DALMATIAN BUFFALO – A water buffalo leather which is dyed twice to produce a Dalmatian print.  It has constant dark veins throughout.  This leather has been discontinued.
Hermes Dalmatian Buffalo Leather

Hermes Dalmatian Buffalo Leather

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[toggle title=”Doblis Suede” state=”close” ]
DOBLIS SUEDE – Otherwise known as nubuck leather or suede leather.
Hermes Doblis Suede Leather

Hermes Doblis Suede Leather


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[toggle title=”Epsom” state=”open” ]
EPSOM – The new Courchevel leather which is lightweight and sturdy. It is an embossed leather that holds it’s shape and scratch resistant. This leather is easy to clean.
Hermes Epsom Leather

Hermes Epsom Leather

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EVERGRAIN – This is the embossed version of the Evercalf leather. It is soft and has a very fine grain. It is prone to scratches but can easily be removed by rubbing it with the fingers.
Hermes Evergrain Leather

Hermes Evergrain Leather

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FJORD – An adult calf leather with soft and matte texture. A heavy type of leather which is water resistant.
Hermes Fjord Leather

Hermes Fjord Leather

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OSTRICH – From the ostrich this material is characterised by even pores throughout the leather.   This leather will darken with contact from skin, and lightens when exposed to light.
Hermes Ostrich Leather

Hermes Ostrich Leather

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[toggle title=”Peau Porc” state=”close” ]
PEAU PORC – Made of pigskin and lightweight. This is one of Hermes’ classic leathers but is no longer produced
Hermes Natural Peau Porc Leather

Hermes Natural Peau Porc Leather

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SWIFT –  (Formerly Gulliver) It is a soft leather with fine grain. It can get scratches easily compared to Togo and Clemence but it can be removed by rubbing the mark. It is a great dye absorbant, and bright colors look more luminous with this kind of leather.
Hermes Swift Leather

Hermes Swift Leather

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[toggle title=”Togo” state=”open” ]
TOGO – A scratch resistant leather that is made of baby calf leather. Has a defined soft pebbled finish that appears raised and feels smooth but grainy.
Hermes Togo Leather

Hermes Togo Leather

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VACHE LIEGEE – A cowhide, natural grained leather that is stiff and durable.
Hermes Vache Liegee Leather

Hermes Vache Liegee Leather

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VACHE NATURAL –  A cowhide that is smooth, untreated and very delicate. It develops into patina over time and the material will darken.
Hermes Vache Natural Leather

Hermes Vache Natural Leather

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VARANUS NILOTICUS (LIZARD) – This leather comes in matte and lisse. It is high maintenance and delicate as the scales may dry out. The small scales of this leather provides a shiny look.
Hermes Lizard Varanus Niloticus 2

Hermes Lizard Varanus Niloticus

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[toggle title=”Veau Evercalf” state=”open” ]
VEAU EVERCALF – It has a similar appearance with the box calf leather but is softer. It has no visible grains and extremely smooth in appearance.
Hermes Veau Evercalf Leather

Hermes Veau Evercalf Leather

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[toggle title=”Veau Tadelakt” state=”open” ]
VEAU TADELAKT – A matte leather that closely resembles Box Calf but softer. It has no visible grains on exterior.
Hermes Veau Tadelakt Leather

Hermes Veau Tadelakt Leather

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