Steffen Meyer has many years of experience and extensive expertise in the field of leather processing and has been with PICARD for over 40 years. He is a trained fine leather maker, has passed the master craftsman examination and has worked as a trainer and member of the examination board.

Imagine you are holding two bags in your hands - one made of nappa leather, the other made of leather. Both feel high quality, but what is the difference between them and what makes them so special?

At PICARD, we value the uniqueness of each leather and know that choosing the right material will shape your style and give your look a distinctive touch.

PICARD, with a tradition dating back to 1928, invites you to discover the world of leather with us.

In this guide, we will examine the properties that make nappa leather so supple and genuine leather so robust, yet still make both shine as favorites in the world of leather goods.

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What characterizes leather?

Leather, also known as full-grain leather, is the skin of animals that has been preserved through tanning.

It is sturdy, breathable and durable , making it a preferred material for high-quality leather goods.

The natural structure of the leather ensures an individual look that develops a patina over time, making each bag absolutely unique.

At PICARD, we rely on leather to offer you products that become more beautiful over time and can tell your story.

What properties does nappa leather have?

Nappa leather is known for its softness and fine, smooth finish .

This is a particularly high-quality smooth leather that is obtained from the upper layer of the skin and gently tanned to preserve its supple texture.

This leather is not only pleasant to the touch but also particularly flexible , making it ideal for accessories that are meant to exude comfort and elegance .

PICARD chooses nappa leather for products that underline your natural elegance both in everyday work life and on special occasions.

Nappa leather and leather in direct comparison

Nappa leather and genuine leather share the stage of high-quality leather goods, but each plays its own role.

While nappa leather seduces with its softness and luxurious feel, leather convinces with its durability and timeless, individual beauty .

Quality and robustness

Quality in leather is not a coincidence, but the result of careful selection and processing.

At PICARD, we understand that true quality is not only what you feel, but also what you see in everyday use.

  • Nappa leather:
    Nappa leather, known for its smooth, velvety surface , is the epitome of sophistication and softness.

    It is more delicate than other types of leather, making it an exquisite choice for those who value delicacy and a classy look . Our nappa leather products are masterpieces of craftsmanship that, when treated with care, will retain their splendor for years to come.
  • Leather:
    Leather, on the other hand, is a symbol of strength and endurance . Its robust structure makes it ideal for everyday use and resistant to the challenges of everyday life. PICARD leather products are designed to not only impress today, but also to make history tomorrow.

Processing and application

The art of leatherworking is to process the material in such a way that it develops its best properties.

At PICARD, we make sure that every piece of leather finds its purpose.

  • Nappa leather:
    Nappa leather requires masterful craftsmanship to maintain its characteristic softness . It is often used for products that require a gentle touch, such as elegant handbags or luxurious purses that stand out from the crowd with their feel and appearance.
  • Leather:
    Leather, on the other hand, is an all-rounder that is suitable for a wide range of applications . It is the first choice for items that require stability and durability, such as sturdy travel bags or durable belts that only gain character over time.

Cleaning and care

Proper care extends the lifespan and beauty of leather products. At PICARD we know that every leather requires its own care.

  • Nappa leather:
    Nappa leather requires special care. It should be cleaned regularly with a damp cloth or treated with special care products, such as PICARD leather care , to maintain its smooth surface and brilliant color.
  • Leather:
    Leather is more appreciative and easier to care for. Regular cleaning and the application of leather care products are enough to preserve its robustness and natural appearance. Simple care tips and tricks will help you keep your PICARD leather goods in the best condition.


Investing in leather goods is a decision for quality and durability. At PICARD you will find products that embody these values.

  • Nappa leather:
    Nappa leather is often an investment in luxury . Its production is more complex, which is reflected in the price.

    At PICARD you will find nappa leather products that impress with their quality and design and offer you an excellent price.
  • Leather:
    Leather offers a wide price range, making it accessible to different budgets . PICARD stands for excellent value for money without compromising on quality or style. Our leather products are a worthwhile long-term investment that pays off more with each day you wear them.


In the world of leather goods, every material is a masterpiece in itself. Nappa leather enchants with its velvety softness and luxurious character, while leather captivates with its robust durability and timeless elegance. At the end of the day, it is the small decisions that shape our path.

Nappa leather or leather? Each has its own story, its own personality, its own strengths. At PICARD you will find the best of both worlds, carefully crafted into products that underline your style and enrich your everyday life. The choice is yours, but we are sure that you will discover your new favorite item at PICARD - whether leather or nappa leather!


How does the durability of nappa leather differ from that of leather?

Nappa leather is known for its soft and supple texture, which makes it somewhat more sensitive to wear and tear.

Leather, on the other hand, is more resistant to everyday wear and tear. At PICARD, we ensure that our nappa leather also achieves considerable durability through high-quality processing and appropriate care.

Can I use nappa leather products for everyday use?

Yes, nappa leather products can certainly be used on a daily basis, especially if they are well cared for.

PICARD nappa leather goods are designed to withstand daily demands while maintaining their luxurious character.

Are PICARD genuine leather products waterproof?

Leather products are not completely waterproof by nature, but they can be treated to make them water-repellent.

PICARD recommends regularly waterproofing leather goods to protect them from moisture and water stains.

How environmentally friendly are PICARD leather products?

PICARD attaches great importance to sustainability and environmentally friendly production processes.

We use leather from responsible sources and rely on manufacturing processes that have as little impact on the environment as possible.

Does PICARD also offer vegan alternatives to nappa leather and leather?

PICARD prides itself on its craftsmanship in working with leather, but also offers alternatives for customers who prefer vegan products .

These products meet our high standards of quality and design while using animal-friendly materials.

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