This one is a test project to see how the undyed leather wears. I will be using it for six months and recording the wear patterns on my blog so potential buyers can be informed before they buy.
I was allowed to design it myself so I chose lots of credit card pockets, secretarial pockets, 30mm rings, ring protectors and a flyleaf.
I am expecting it to show darkening first on the clasp and wear on the credit card pockets from using cards. The cover will also probably have scuffs from my handbag as I do not keep my binders in anything. Wear on this type of leather usually leads to gorgeous glowing patina and character but it is not for everyone, hence this project. I may also try to treat it with a leather care product on a small hidden part to see how it reacts. I don’t usually treat my leather but this may benefit from it.
This leather is not dyed or treated so it does show wear and goes darker depending on exposure to sunlight. The two samples which are shown in the middle of the photograph above are for comparison. I will keep them safe and dark and untouched, and put them next to the binder each week to show the difference.