Leather stretches--but not on its own, like an old rubber band. We have attempted to size our products to take the stretch into account, and still result in a product that fits appropriately: Additionally, if a particular leather/weight will stretch too much for a particular product, we don't use it--so you don't need to worry about picking or not picking a product/leather based on which leather type it's made out of; get what you like, don't worry about stretch, and if your particular piece stretches abnormally, contact us for a replacement.
We do our best to ensure that products perform similarly when they leave the studio, but as leather is a variable/non-engineered product, occasionally a piece just breaks in differently than normal, and we'll fix the issue for you.
Different types of our leathers may stretch more (and differently) than others, depending on their own qualities (type of animal, location on hide, etc.), and the method in which they were finished at the tannery. Here are our thoughts and observations on leathers that we work with regularly:
- Chromexcel (Natural, Ink, Black, etc.) tanned leathers tend to stretch more than others: an average sized bracelet can easily be stretched almost 1/2 of an inch with limited force, and an adjustable watchband will usually stretch one extra hole's length (1/4") after a week or two of wear. Chromexcel often takes on a slightly lighter color when stretched.
- Veg Tan leathers 'give' slightly less than Chromexcel, but sill stretch--especially when wet. Stretched Veg Tan typically retains the same color as unstretched.
- Latigo leathers stretch very, very little, due to their tight grain and tanning processes.
- Shell Cordovan leathers exhibit minimal stretch compared to the veg tan and chromexcel, due to the unique structure of the leather. They will, however, move slightly with time and pressure--an average bracelet-sized strip of Cordovan can gain just under 1/4" in length with limited, intentional force; this is why our Original Custom Button-Stud Watchband is tight at first, and stretches to fit perfectly after one or two wearings.
- Russet leathers stretch very little, if at all, though are initially more stiff than the other leathers. With time and wear, they will soften up, but not as much as the other leathers.
- Ultra-Thin HF (Horsefront) leathers are very thin, but due to the characteristics of horsehide, exhibit minimal stretch. They are excellent for when the absolute lightest weight leather is needed, but a very light weight regular chromexcel or veg tan (cow hide) leather would lose its shape.
With that said, if you are not happy with the size shipped to you, please refer to our Return Policies
page for return shipping, replacement, or refund instructions.