The Art of Leather

The Art of Leather

The Art of Leather

Lottusse has an extraordinary relationship with leather. It transforms it and breathes new life into it in the shape of its products. Quality has always been a watchword, one of the pillars on which its business philosophy has been built. From its origins until now, it has always used the highest grade leather.

Lottusse has been a pioneering business at the cutting edge of approving, selecting and transforming leather.

The art of guaranteeing good materials in order to create the best shoe, garment, bag or accessory.

Lottusse has always followed the same procedure when receiving leather from its suppliers.

Nowadays, the company works with three or four tanners which it has been working with for over two decades. A relationship of commitment and mutual trust.

The quality of the leather can be seen from how it dresses the last, and the following are taken into consideration as main selection criteria from the first selection of the animal skin; the thickness, the firmness, the flexibility and the comfort.

90% of the Lottusse leathers are bovine leather, the most suitable raw material for the type of shoes made by the company. These leathers are in turn divided into three qualities:

  1. · French. A top quality leather which comes from French cows. It represents 40% of the Lottusse leathers. A top quality leather for both men and women.
  2. · Catalan calf. A bigger leather with more body. A leather very suitable for more casual products, because of both its firmness and its thickness. It represents 30% of production.
  3. · Dutch leather with an Italian finish. This is where the new additions to collections are found, aimed at women’s shoes.

Once the leathers have been received, Lottusse carries out the following procedures:

  • · Selection of leathers
    • · Received by manufacturer.
  • · Selection of leathers by quality, checking:
    • · Pores
    • · Veins
    • · Defects
    • · Thickness
  • · Matching leathers by colour and size.
  • · The selection of quality and thickness will decide what type of shoes each leather should be used for.

"Our heads of cuts and leather selection have been doing their job for Lottusse for over 40 years"

Lottusse Leather Camoscio


A type of leather with a velvety appearance. It does not usually have defects because the intermediate layer – not the outer or the inner layer – is used, so there is no pore or grain. Thirty years working with the same provider.

How should it be cared for?
Dirt should be cleaned with crepe rubber and with a slightly damp cloth. Once the leather is dry, brush gently without cream.

Lottusse Leather Britania


Exclusive Lottusse leather. This is a historic leather for the brand and it started to be used in the 70s. The company was among the first to use this type of bovine leather which is 1.6–1.8 mm thick and chrome tanning is used to achieve the desired finish. It is a very compact type of leather which is good for making loafers, as they do not have a lining.

How should it be cared for?
Cleaning with a cloth or a chamois. It is important not to put cream on it because this leather does not absorb.


ottusse exclusive leather. This is a type of leather similar to Britania but with more of a matt, natural effect. It comes from Catalan calf and is 1.4–1.6 mm thick. It is more flexible and offers the possibility of bringing up the finish on top with creams and brushes. It takes on a more opaque touch which makes it look more modern. Forty years working with the same provider.

How should it be cared for?
Cleaning with a cloth, a brush or a chamois. Cream can be applied.

Lottusse Leather Quero


A type of leather which comes from calves and has a very pleasant feel. This raw material comes already re-dyed, and the tanner applies the colour to it. It is a type of leather only suitable for women’s shoes with a thickness of 1–1.1 mm. Three years working with the same provider.

How should it be cared for?
Dry clean, cream or with the help of cream and a cloth.

Lottusse Leather Touche


Lottusse exclusive leather. This is French bovine leather. Its original appearance is of an unfinished leather, natural and with an open pore for its subsequent artisan dying. This leather has provided an infinite array of colour finishes, which has enriched the collections in recent years.

The way of working this type of leather meant a culture change for the Lottusse artisans and the factory due to its different finishing processes which demand extra quality and complexity in the process. Touche is used to make shoes for men and women. Eight years working with the same provider.

How should it be cared for?
Dry cleaning. A cloth to remove the remaining cream and use just the same colour polish or a colourless polish for increased intensity. With time it is normal for this type of leather to lose its colour.

"The important characteristic of the leather is its thickness, the density and the grain which, along with the pore, must be as small as possible"

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