Textured Leathers - a Review Guide to Hermes, Prada, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Céline and Saint Laurent

Let’s get real - not everyone has a chauffeur and private plane lifestyle. I love luxury brands, but I also need durability for my lifestyle as a city dweller who walks, rides the subway, or takes an uber. That’s where textured leather comes into play. It’s still leather, but the texture provides protection against scratches (keys - I’m talking to you), scuffs (thank you fellow subway rider for cramming your backpack against my handbag), and moisture (rain, snow, and random coffee spills from fellow commuters).

So, here’s my attempt to break down some of the best durable leather options in the luxury realm to keep your handbag and accessories looking chic and good as new. All photos below are linked for more info and to purchase:

Hermes Epsom Leather

Known for its ability to hold the vibrance of a variety of colors and hues

It was introduced by Hermes as a replacement for courcheval leather

Incredibly lightweight, making this a perfect choice for handbags, shoes, wallets, and belts

Shown here in the Constance 24

Chanel Caviar Leather

Modern, elegant, brings a new edge for classic quilted Chanel style

Extremely durable and scratch-proof

Structured but lightweight

Shown here in the Quilted Boy Wallet

Saint Laurent Grain de Poudre

Very similar in texture to Chanel caviar leather, YSL’s grain de poudre has a stippled surface

Feels elegant to the touch and holds its shape without slouching

Durable and resistant to scratches or water staining

Shown here in the Matelasse Chevron Chain Wallet

Louis Vuitton Epi Leather

Super structured, this leather holds its shape particularly well, especially in the Twist bag design as shown

Resistant to water, snow, scratches, and scuffs

About as close to indestructible as you can get with leather

Deep grooved leather that has an almost 3-D effect to displaying color

Céline Grained Calfskin Leather

Thinner and lighter than Chanel, LV, or YSL grained leathers

Water resistant and holds bright colors well

Dimpled finish but much smoother overall than the other leathers profiled on this page

Shown here in the Micro Belt Bag

Prada Saffiano Leather

The gold standard for durable leathers

Water resistant, difficult to scratch

Holds colors exceedingly well and comes in a wide variety of hues to suit your wardrobe year-round

Lightweight and easy to carry

Shown here in the Monochrome bag