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"Whether you're searching for a perfect men's leather holdall or women's shoulder bag, for me, it all begins with the leather," says Graeme Ellisdon.

As a natural material, every leather we use has its own personality. For example, Saddle leather is richly reminiscent of gentlemen's clubs with a heritage that lends itself perfectly to traditional messenger bags and holdall styles of our men's collection.


The leathers we use are high quality cowhides, unless otherwise stated and are by-products of the food industry, including the strict but sexy Polished Croc leather with which OSPREY LONDON has become synonymous.


On every product page, you'll notice that we've specified which kind of leather has been used. You can find out more about our leathers simply by scrolling down.

Buff Croc leather

This fine and supple calf skin is densely coloured, embossed with a large croc print and given a matt, peachskin finish as an edgier, more urban alternative to our more formal Polished Croc leather. See it here on The Hawthorne Collection.

Butter Nappa leather

Butter Nappa is a full grain, super-soft gloving leather. It has a buttery, natural drape that makes it a very special addition to our leather family.


Natural Milled Cowhide

This supple, grainy leather is a brilliant colour carrier and has a wonderfully supple feel.


Elephant Grain leather

A robust cowhide which is given a textured finish, Elephant Grain leather is as strong as its name suggests, making it ideal for our men's leather holdall & messenger bags!

English Saddle
One of the first leathers which OSPREY LONDON used to create belts when the brand began back in 1980. Still a firm favourite today.

Florentine leather

This buttersoft calf leather takes colour beautifully and is prized for its wonderful, drapey character: take a look at our O.S.P OSPREY Collection in Florentine leather.

Nappa leather

Our Nappa leather is a completely natural, aniline cowhide that has to be touched to be fully appreciated. We love its super-soft feel as it makes up into the most beautiful unstructured handbags you can imagine.


Polished Calf leather

This very special Italian calf leather sometimes referred to as Abbrasivato is hand-coloured and polished repeatedly to create its highly revered glass-like sheen. We have used this most elegant of leathers to create The Riva Collection of structured Polished Calf leather bags.


Polished Croc leather

This wonderfully cultured, elegant calf leather is embossed with a croc print with a hand-finished appearance and patina of deep colour. A leather thoroughbred that makes beautiful structured handbags, purses and wallets, Polished Croc leather is one of our most important signature leathers.


Python leather

OSPREY LONDON Python leather has a strong sense of devil-may-care glamour: we use supple Spanish calf leather that is embossed with a feast of exotic animal and snake prints. This leather could get you into a lot of trouble, so beware! It's pure rock & roll!


Saddle leather

OSPREY LONDON Saddle leather is hand dyed and pit tanned in the ancient tradition, which gives it integrity. It has all the colour variations and sensual character you'd expect from a natural leather and as such, it really appeals to the senses. A leather with long history of use in England, it has a strong equestrian association and gets better and better with age, care and love.


Sheriff leather

We love this wonderful leather, a natural cowhide which develops a unique and characterful patina over time.


Shrunken Grain leather

A very special OSPREY LONDON leather that has a deep, natural grain and a soft, buttery handle: it has a rich and distinctive drape that makes beautiful, slouchy bags.

Vachetta leather

This premium Italian vegetable-tanned cowhide is often referred to as 'the king of leathers'. Through handling and exposure to sunlight, this leather evolves a rich patina that gets better with age and use. In Italy, Vachetta leather bags are most highly prized when they have been used for years and wear the marks of their history with pride.


Vintage Saddle leather

Our Vintage Saddle leather is a traditional leather noted for both its texture and its toughness.

Worn Nappa leather

OSPREY LONDON Worn Nappa leather has a vintage, distressed grain that we celebrate and adore. It has all the character of a well-loved favourite with a snuffed grain making it ideally suited to some of our vintage-inspired designs.

Click through for Graeme Ellisdon's advice on caring for your OSPREY leather bag.






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