The Essential Leather Glossary
Easy to understand explanations of the industry terms you might encounter when shopping.
There's something about suede that just feels so ... autumnal. Of course, the textured leather has garnered something of a reputation for being a bit fussy over the years. But despite its ultra-soft feel, suede isn't meant to be precious anymore. Today's best leathers can take a beating—from Aquatalia's stain-resistant and weatherproof footwear to Schott's ruggedly retro bomber jacket—these are items that can actually toughen up your outfit. The thing to keep in mind when wearing suede, as with most stylish gear, is to find the right balance. A little goes a long way, so choose wisely. Herewith, a few of our favorite pieces for fall.
Crisscross strap chukkas, $695 by Aquatalia
A-2 bomber jacket, $700 by Schott
You can't polish away scuff marks or stains. You'll need a suede eraser (basically a brick of crumbly rubber) to rub away small blemishes or shiny marks. Rub the stain like you're sanding a piece of wood, until the stain disappears. Then use a suede brush to restore the nap, or fuzzy texture of the leather.
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Chelsea boots, $550 by Aquatalia
Distressed suede NATO watch strap, $145 by Hodinkee
The name comes from the French "gants de Suede", which literally means "gloves of Sweden"