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Moto X Saffiano Leather: what it is, how it’s made, and why you should care

By Anton D. Nagy July 28, 2015, 2:58 pm

Yes, the Moto X is out, and there are two versions of it: the Moto X Style, and the Moto X Play. You can check out their full specifications here. You’ll also be glad to know that both of these Moto X variants are configurable via Motorola’s own Moto Maker (and the Moto G as well), and that, aside from color options, you can choose between materials like silicone rubber, wood, and leather, available depending on what version of the phone you’re opting for.

If you’re opting for the Moto X Style (or Pure, in the US), you will have the option of choosing a leather material. Motorola is not using just any leather, but the company is glad to inform you that it’s the Moto X Saffiano Leather, straight from Horween.


Now, we’ll stop right there for a second. There are two types of people in this world: those who care about what kind of leather Motorola uses on its Moto X, and those who don’t. If you’re in the second category, you can click away now; if you care, read on.

Horween is a Chicago-based tannery; as a matter of fact, it is one of the oldest continuously running ones in the States, according to Wikipedia. Founded in 1905, Horween leather company offers a wide range of tannages, “using primarily cowhide and horsehide, and also using smaller quantities of calf and bison hides”.

According to the official spec sheet, the Moto X is using Saffiano Leather from Horween. But what is Saffiano Leather?

Saffiano Leather originates from Italy and was initially both a signature as well as a patent of Prada. Saffiano Leather is regular leather (depending on the tan used, but originally it was calf) upon which a texture has been pressed by a machine. The name Saffiano comes from the cross hatch print that was pressed into the wax that coated the leather. You can recognize it by either the diagonal lines and/or this cross-hatch finish. There are certain leather types, like calf hide leather, which are also wax-treated. The resulting leather is scratch resistant, water resistant, durable and easy to clean.

Saffiano Leather is a premium leather used by several renowned fashion brands, like Ferragamo and Prada, and now you can have it on your Moto X.


Source: Motorola, ASpinalOfLondon, The Handbag Spa


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