Steve Sechrest, COCOCOHome – Co-founder, Charlotte NC
Berkshire was designed in Italy to demonstrate how sophisticated a casual leather can be. It is an aniline dyed leather featuring a waxed tannage utilizing a sophisticated multi-step process in which the hides are dressed with oils and soft waxes and then milled for character.
Unlike distressed leather, the varying hues of this leather are more subtle and flowing, resulting in a leather with an authentic, worn-in aesthetic with remarkable elegance and warmth. After the crust stage, hides are lightly dressed with oil and soft waxes and then lightly polished and milled to create a vintage look. This less-is-more approach to tanning preserves and celebrates the beauty of this natural material.
You should expect significant variation in color from hide to hide and even within a hide, but the overall effect when upholstered is simply stunning. The natural finish will reveal the character of the underlying animal including fat lines and healed scars.
Berkshire is a robust leather made on English Bull hides, so it is inherently durable. It will provide many, many years of comfort and beauty, Berkshire will burnish and mark with use. A dogs nails, even a fingernail can leave a mark. These marks are not scratches as they are only in the finish and can generally be rubbed out with the warmth of your finger or heat from a hairdryer on a hot setting. However, life is short, so Berkshire is best used by customers who can embrace the patina that develops in the leather over time and appreciate the natural character of the leather.
Berkshire is a versatile leather that is well suited for contemporary or traditional pieces and it is an outstanding selection for tufted pieces.
Examples of Berkshire Leather
STORE HOURS: Open Mon - Fri 10-5 EST / Sat 10-4 EST / Sun by Appointment
Text: +1(704)996-4343 for after/off hour appointments
Note: Our Cornelius, NC showroom doubles as our corporate offices. Located just north of charlotte in the Lake Norman area, our showroom is 4500 square feet in a renovated cotton mill dating back to 1895. We display many of our styles and also may have samples for sale off of the floor. We have what is probably the largest selection of leathers anywhere and a wide selection of fabrics and colors.
STORE HOURS: Open Mon - Fri 10-6 EST / Sat 10-5 EST / Sun 12-5 EST
Text: +1(980) 229-5531 for after/off hour appointments
Note: Our Georgia showroom is located in the heart of Atlanta’s Buckhead Village near the Buckhead Atlanta project and right around the corner from RH’s new Atlanta showroom.