What is Saffiano leather?


Although the Filofax Saffiano (above) is not leather, its name derives from the crosshatch pattern used to make it.


The way the leather is made is by a stamping method. Saffiano, being a textured leather, meaning that it is a treated leather made with the texture pressed on it by a machine. It gives the leather a cross-hatch finish, which is a special diagonal pattern. This calf hide leather is also finished with a wax treatment. As a result, the leather is pretty much scratch resistant, durable and easy to clean.


The distinctive markings on this leather are a series of diagonal lines and cross-hatch designs that renders the leather very resistant to stains, scratches and is also water repellent.  Many high-end fashion houses use Saffiano leather for it’s many positive attributes. The indications in the Saffiano leather were invented by Mario Prada himself. From the Aspinal Website:

Some other notebooks and planners with this pattern include Smythson and Leathersmith of London

Leathersmith of London
Leathersmith of London


Author: Janet Carr

Fashion, beauty and animal loving language consultant from South Africa living in Stockholm, Sweden.

3 thoughts

  1. Janet,
    I shouldn’t have read this today! I followed your link to Smythson and fell in love with the most beautiful blue organizer!

  2. I’ve got a small saffiano wristlet from Coach – it’s perfect for all the septic key, drippy gooey items to keep in my handbag – lip gloss, eye drops, pain relievers, floss. And the leather is very supple and the texture feels wonderful – like a textured version of the leather used for the The Originals.

    I’m tempted by the filofax Saffianos colors, but worried they’ll feel plasticky.

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