With a distinct fine grain texture and naturally occurring ripples, shark leather is known for having a very course texture, more so than any other leather on the market. This is due to the presence of tiny notches along the surface of the skin.
Shark Skin LeatherAt one time the skin was used like sandpaper for grinding and polishing; however, thanks to modern tanning processes and the help of oils, today shark leather is used for small accessories and jackets.
Because of the aforementioned reasons, Nubuck processing (sanding and buffing) is often applied to shark leather, giving it a suede effect. Although the most common coloring is black, the brown and gray variants tend to highlight the natural skin pattern very nicely. As the leather ages over time, the product takes on an alluring vintage look.
Shark Skin is available periodically: it is legally harvested under strictly regulated governmental supervision. All special skins compply with CITES requirements.