The Materials

This page is designed to offer an insight into each material we use here at DE MOLAI and to also help you envisage the leather by viewing a real life image of the material. If you have any queries or would like to view further images of a specific material on a real life image, please do not hesitate to contact us. In order to view the real life images below, simply click on them for a zoomed version that enhances the qualities of each individual leather.

Leather is the most important building block of each men’s shoe, and its production is a process that requires masterful skill. The following rule of thumb holds true for all quality men’s shoes: the more the leather has been processed, the higher it is in quality. And this comes, naturally, at a price. Roughly 47 percent of the production costs involved in making a men’s shoe are due to the costly raw material.

The tannery that DE MOLAI conduct business with dates back more than 100 years ago. It was founded in 1865 and has been dedicated exclusively to the tanning of superior quality leather for international top brands.

They have specialized on calfskin tanning with chrome salts, a technique they have mastered over the years. Heritage traditions are merged with the latest Italian techniques and innovations, which have been adopted by the tannery owners, always driven by an everlasting itch for perfection.

Painted Calf Leather

Painted Calf leather enables artisans to hand paint the pieces with special creams and brushes. Besides the “plain” Painted Calf leather, we also offer it engraved with different textures, like full grain or pebble grain.

Box Calf Leather

The majority of quality men’s shoes are made from the hides of calves. Box calf is primarily distinguished by its fineness, pliability, and grain. Box Calf leathers are hand painted by our artisans.

Lux Suede

This leather is created from the underside of the animal hide, as a result it is softer, and more supple and can have the appearance of a “furry nap”.

Kid Suede

Kid Suede is the most soft, velvety suede leather type which comes from small goat skins. The skins are small which increases the price of leather but it has a more refined finish with a smaller grain on the surface.

Polished Calf

Polished calf refers to rectified grain calf. This eliminates any skin imperfections. The look is not as natural as a regular, plain full grain, but the look is very luxurious. This type of leather is quite expensive because of the post-production processes that it needs at the tannery. Polished Calf Leathers are hand painted by our artisans.

Patent Leather

A type of leather finish whereby the surface is treated to create a highly glossy, shiny appearance.

Sartorial Materials

We offer a full array of sartorial fabrics and flannels. Sartorial patterns like Tweed, Plaid, Tartan, Herringbone, Leopard, etc.

The result of mixing these sartorial materials with classic hand painted leather in a shoe, can be truly astonishing.

Exotic Skins

We offer genuine exotic skins, including Alligator, Python and Ostrich skins, matching our painted calf base colours.

We source Exotic Skins from a processor that uses sound animal husbandry and humane animal treatment / slaughtering practices whether farmed, domesticated, or wild (managed). Also, leather suppliers must screen tanning processes against the LWG Protocol to ensure adherence to best environmental practices.

Alligator Genuine Skin

“Alligator mississippiensis” skin renders a very attractive and fashionable leather. The leather is strong, supple, durable and very expensive. A bony layer within the skin adds a protective shield, while a dimple on each scale makes a very exotic look.

Ostrich Genuine Skin

Ostrich leather is one of the finest and most durable leathers. It’s a luxurious leather well known for its softness, flexibility and durability. In spite of its softness, Ostrich leather is unsurpassed for its tactile strength. It is, in fact, one of the strongest leathers available. Naturally occurring oils in the leather contribute to its durability, preventing cracking, even under extreme temperatures and sun exposure.

Python Genuine Skin

Snakeskins are very desirable for shoes because of the unique grain, scales, and colour patterns.

The scales have a “lip” opening toward the tail which will grab and aid the snake in crawling. This lip is your assurance that the snake skin is genuine.