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Whitehouse Cox crafts its exceptional items using both bridle and saddle leather. Make sure you know the difference between the two by reading this short guide.

You might know the difference between Oxford and Derby shoes, mechanical and automatic watches and what makes a Chianti a Chianti, but do you know the difference between bridle and saddle leather?

You may think that leather is leather but you would be wrong. It’s like comparing that Chianti to a Champagne, both are good but they are also very different.

The colour and style of a bridle and saddle leather wallet may be the same but there will be pronounced differences between the two.

It’s worth knowing what those differences are, because they will affect which wallet you eventually elect to choose.

Luxury leather goods handmade in England saddle leather
A Saddle Leather Wallet
luxury leather goods handmade in England bridle leather
A bridle leather wallet

Whilst the differences are pronounced, there’s one thing you should know.

When it comes to both Whitehouse Cox’s bridle leather range and our saddle leather range, one thing doesn’t change and that’s the extraordinary quality of each item in both collections.

Both, for example are handmade in England. They pass through the hands of around seven workers in our Walsall factory before reaching completion. Every product boasts an average lifespan of nine to ten years with daily use.

That’s the reason why fashion gurus suggest you buy quality products like the ones showcased on this website, because you need not replace them every year.

Back to the focus of this article, here are the differences you need to know to help you decide whether to buy a bridle or saddle leather product.

The Difference Between Bridle and Saddle Leather

Saddle leather is a natural vegetable tanned leather. On first touch you will notice it has a softer quality than bridle leather.

Bridle leather is a much firmer leather, for this reason it has been used for centuries in the equestrian trade as it is very strong and durable.

Items made from saddle leather, due to its softness, will develop an individual patina much quicker than bridle leather.

That said, bridle leather will still develop an individual patina over time, with it attaining a unique aesthetic as you use products crafted from the material.

Luxury leather goods handmade in England, exploring the difference between bridle and saddle leather
Saddle or bridle leather for your accessories? Or maybe both!

Which should you choose?

Browse both collections and take a look at the various products within each, just bear in mind the differences between the two.

In the end, this is something of a personal preference and many people choose to have both bridle and saddle leather products in their collection, preferring different accessories for different occasions.

If you would like to know how to best care for both types of leather, take a look at Whitehouse Cox’s article regarding how to care for luxury leather accessories.

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