The Process


“When perfection is the end-goal, every little detail counts in the process from start to finish”

Over the years we have honed our skills – from one generation to the next. Each step honours our time-proven techniques in producing the right colour, uniformity and durability in our leather. 

Once we achieve this transformation, the leather can be finished in numerous ways to achieve the desired texture, pliability and water resistance. Tanning animal hides into leather is the science of converting animal proteins into a stable material that will not break down or decay.  

Mossop Leather exclusively tan bovine cow hides.  Our tannage process uses a high exhaustion system that yields a very stable material, excellently suited to make firm and compact shoe upper leathers.  Our finishing processes use high efficiency applications that yield leather which is consistent in colour and performance.

 


Types of Leather


Here is a more detailed look into our Leather ranges we produce and the technology we apply.


MODA

Our Men’s and Ladies Fashion Range of articles:  serving the most discerning shoe factories in South Africa and selected international markets. 


OPTIMUM

Our Optimum Range of exclusive High Performance Technical Leathers, is crafted with cutting edge leather science. It services the most demanding ranges of technical footwear produced in South Africa, Europe, the USA and Asia today.

Leather properties include: water repellence, fire retardancy, anti-microbial performance and anti-static properties.
Learn more.


TEK-TAN

Our High Performance Split Leathers: Mossop proudly owns the Tek-Tan leather brand names which is used in South Africa, in the Far East and India – as the preferred leather for school shoe production for the UK Market. Applications include: School shoes, Commercial Footwear, Safety Footwear, Belts and Industrial Footwear.

We tailor-make leather for your end product, by applying the different technologies that you choose, whether in single form or a combination. Our High Performance Technical Leathers that form part of this range include:

WalkShield

Abrasion Resistant Leather – designed to surpass the industry standard for high contact abrasion and scuff areas.

WalkDry

Water Repellent shoe-upper Leather – meeting the highest European, Asian and North American water repellent demands, whilst maintaining superior breathability.

FlamBlok

Fire Retardant shoe-upper Leather – in line with the most demanding standards required by the global footwear industry.

BactroBlok

Microbial resistant Leather – our first in Africa, that actively contributes to eliminating foot odour.

WalkWarrior

Military Boot Leather – with high performance near-infrared absorbent technology. On request, it comes in a high quality UV cured camouflage print.

WalkCool

Sun-reflect Leather – that keeps the surface temperature of the shoe-upper material cooler compared to its conventional leather counterparts.

WalkFresh

Breathable shoe-upper Leather – specifically developed to promote the ‘breathability’ of the leather.

WalkClean

Anti-dirt shoe-upper Leather – A highly effective treatment to leather for excellent oil and everyday stain repellence.


Leather Terminology explained


A quick reference guide to explain industry terms:


Aniline

Dyes and finishes that contain no pigment that shows the natural markings or characteristics of the hide.


Semi-Aniline

It is Aniline Leather to which a minimal matching pigment layer is added to even out the colour and adds protection.


Cementable

Refers to leather/s that can be glued as a means of final attachment during the construction of leathergoods.


Combination Tan

Using more than one tanning process on one hide. Different results are possible when the leather is treated more than once. For example: it can be made softer and more flexible or firmer with a tighter grain.


Chrome-Tanned

Or also known as Mineral–tanned, by using chromium sulphate, that is soft and flexible, suppler and more pliable with many colour options available.


Corrected Grain

Leather that has been sanded or buffed to make its surface more even and uniform. It also removes blemishes.


Oil-Tanned

Soft, flexible and durable. Usually thick and can leave an oil residue.


Substance

Is the thickness of the material, usually in millimetres.


Full Grain

Leather that has its surface left completely intact, showing all natural characteristics of the hide. It retains all of the original texture and markings of the original hide.


Hot Stuffed

Leather that has been nourished and conditioned with unrefined oils and greases.  This is achieved without the use of water and emulsifiers and gives a much richer feel. Hot stuffed leathers typically exhibit pull-up and good water resistance.


Pasted

Leather that has been dried by fixing it to large glass or ceramic plates.  Pasted leathers have very little stretch and smooth grain character.


Pigmented Leather

Has been coated with a flat surface colour on top of or instead of the usual dye finish. Done to add durability and to hide natural blemishes.


Split Leather

Made from the lower level of a hide, split from full grain leaving a grain and a split. Split Leather is mainly used for suedes, linings or pigmented finishes.


Mill-Dyed

Leather that has had dyes introduced during retannage.  Also referred to as drum-dyed.


Toggled

Leather that has been air-dried after being stretched on a metal screen and clamped into place.


Grade

Reflects the finished quality of the hide.


The Leather Shop

Our Leather shop is open to the public to come and view a wide selection of cow leathers.  The different types are offered without any minimum purchased quantity from one up to the desired number of pieces at attractive selling prices.

Furniture upholstery is also for sale in Black, Oxblood, Tan and Cream colours.