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Why Is Leather So Durable?

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Why is leather so durable? Leather is durable due to its dense fiber structure and natural oils, providing innate resilience. This makes it resistant to wear and tear and retains its suppleness for longer.

At Andar, we believe that the longevity and resilience of leather is unmatched, making it a preferred material for our premium handcrafted products.

In this article, we'll explore what makes leather so robust. We'll cover its water-resistance, thickness, ability to absorb and release moisture, heat insulation, malleability, and aging.

You'll also learn how long real leather lasts as well as expert tips on how to extend its life by using The Leather Care Kit and The Leather Cream.

Let's dive into the fascinating world of leather durability!

What this article covers:

What Makes Leather Durable?

Leather's robustness is due to its dense fiber structure, natural oils that keep it supple, and its ability to develop a protective patina over time.

Below, we at Andar will delve into the factors that make leather so resilient, providing a comprehensive understanding of why our full-grain leather products stand the test of time.


Table: What Makes Leather Durable




  • Keeps leather intact and strong


  • Robust nature of leather's density adds to its durability

Water Absorption and Desorption

  • Leather can manage moisture effectively

Heat Insulation

  • Contains naturally insulating properties
  • Protects leather against temperature extremes


  • Leather is flexible without losing its structural integrity


  • Enhances leather's appearance over time


One of the standout features of leather is its water-resistance. Certain types of leather, especially those treated properly, can withstand water to a great extent.

Our investigation demonstrated that this water-resistance ensures our leather products remain in excellent condition even when exposed to moisture, making them ideal for everyday use.

For instance, we've crafted a full grain leather bag like The Memphis using full-grain leather and specially treated canvas for added water-resistance.

Regular conditioning also enhances water-resistance, further extending the lifespan of the product. We recommend using The Leather Cream and our specialized leather conditioner from The Leather Care Kit to give your leather products an extra layer of protection against moisture.


The thickness of leather is directly related to its resilience. Thicker leather tends to be more robust and resistant to wear and tear.

At Andar, we use full-grain leather, which is known for its thickness and strength. This is the strongest part of the hide, offering unparalleled durability.

This thickness provides a sturdy foundation, making our products resilient against scratches and punctures so they maintain their form and function for years.

Water Absorption and Desorption

Leather has a unique ability to absorb and release moisture, which is crucial for its longevity. This property aids in preventing the leather from becoming brittle over time.

The absorption of moisture allows the leather to remain supple, while desorption releases any absorbed water to maintain the material's balance.

Based on our observations, this process guarantees that our products don't get exposed to mold or mildew, retaining their quality and appearance.

If you're wondering how to prevent mold on leather and how to fix leather creases, we recommend storing your leather items inside dust-free bags in cool and dry areas of your home.

full grain leather bag

Heat Insulation

Leather's natural insulating properties contribute to its robustness. It acts as a barrier against temperature extremes, protecting the contents within. This insulation makes leather an excellent material for protecting electronic devices, keeping them safe from heat and cold.

After trying out this product, The Manhattan from us at Andar is an excellent leather backpack. It can carry devices as large as 16”, keeping them protected from everyday impacts and unexpected outdoor temperature changes.

Moreover, heat insulation is particularly beneficial for our leather iPhone cases and an iPad leather carrying case like The Mav, ensuring that they provide not just style but also functional protection for electronics.


The flexibility of leather, known as malleability, allows it to withstand various forms of stress without breaking. This quality is essential for products like wallets and bags, which need to adapt to the items they hold.

Leather's natural elasticity, which can be seen in products like our Apple watch bands, allows it to mold and shape over time without losing its integrity.

This malleability ensures that our Andar products remain comfortable and functional, adjusting to the user's needs while maintaining their structural strength.

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One of the most cherished aspects of leather is its ability to age gracefully. Over time, leather develops a patina, a sheen that enhances its appearance and character.

Through our practical knowledge, this patina is a testament to the leather's journey, adding a unique and personalized touch to each product. Unlike other materials that degrade, leather's aging process adds to its appeal, making each piece distinct and more valuable as it ages.

As you can see, the durability of leather is a combination of its natural properties and the meticulous care it receives.

Every product we create leverages these qualities, providing you with items that aren't just beautiful but also built to last so you can ‘carry what matters' with Andar.

How Long Does Real Leather Last?

How long does real leather last? As per our expertise, we've found that products like our wallets and full grain leather bags, made from real full-grain leather, can easily withstand daily use for over 20 years when properly cared for.

This longevity is due to real leather's natural resilience and strength, which improve as it develops a rich patina.

Well-maintained leather can outlast synthetic materials by a significant margin. Additionally, premium leather products, with regular conditioning and care, can be heirloom pieces, passed down through generations.

At Andar, our full-grain leather undergoes rigorous quality checks to maintain its resilience and timeless appeal, providing you with reliable and stylish products that stand the test of time.

leather iphone cover


In this blog post, we discovered why leather is so robust by exploring its water-resistance, thickness, moisture management, heat insulation, malleability, and aging process.

We craft our full-grain leather products to harness these qualities, ensuring longevity and timeless elegance.

Ready to experience the durability and beauty of leather for yourself? Visit us at Andar now and discover our range of handcrafted modern leather goods.

Carry what matters with confidence and style today!

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