The yin to full-grain leather’s yang, suede encapsulates a blend of texture and flexibility. Suede — made from the flesh-side of various leathers — has a velvety, napped surface that adds an element of luxury to whatever product it’s integrated into. This sumptuous texture also affects function, and suede products tend to move more freely, with a broken-in feel starting from day one. Suede can be found in many products, from footwear to upholstery, and with the right maintenance (read: a proper suede brush) it’ll last just as long as its full-grained counterpart. So indulge and add some luxury to your life; this is the softer side of leather.

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Nonnative Dweller Zip Up Cow Suede Boots by Officine Creative $770
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J.Crew Five-Panel Wool and Suede Baseball Cap $40
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Rick Owens Blistered-Suede Bomber Jacket $2,305
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Juniper Ridge Mojave Trail Soap $30
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Restoration Hardware Suede Basket Weave Square Pillow Covers $129
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Ralph Lauren Suede Cross-Body Bag $795
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AMI Suede Derby Shoes $450
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Stone Suede Imperial Porter $8
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Blackbird Nahk Incense $28
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Andersons Suede Woven Round Buckle Belt $160

John Zientek

John Zientek is Gear Patrol's style editor and in-house guitar authority. He grew up on the West Coast.

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