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.