What Is Cognac Leather?

by Elizabeth Burns

Cognac leather derives its name from brandy.

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Cognac leather refers to the color of the leather rather than a brand name. Cognac leather derives its name from brandy, also known as cognac, which is amber or golden colored and gradually darkens with age.

Dyeing

Cognac leather gets its color during the dyeing process. Irregularities are removed from the leather and it is separated into color batches. The shades of cognac leather goods vary depending on the dye used. Darker dyes will be used for goods designed to resemble aged cognac brandy.

Products

Cognac is a popular color choice for handbags, briefcases, boots, sofas and wallets because it is both sophisticated and vibrant. It works well with earth tones, ivory and neutral colors.

Considerations

Cognac-colored leather is luxurious but understated, which makes it a common choice for professionals and others who want an alternative to black but don’t want a color that is too audacious.

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About the Author

Based in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Elizabeth Burns began writing professionally in 1988. She has worked as a feature writer for various Irish newspapers, including the "Irish News," "Belfast News Letter" and "Sunday Life." Burns has a Bachelor of Arts in English literature from the University of Ulster as well as a Master of Research in arts.