Choosing the Right Leather

We know good leather. Crafted from the highest tier of top-grain and full-grain Italian leathers, our heirloom-quality leather upholstery has been a core part of who we are since we handcrafted our first club chair in 1989. When choosing the right leather for your furniture, consider not only appearance but also how texture, durability and use fit into your style of living. As a natural material that can be treated to create an array of distinctive looks, each of our leathers holds its own unique character and qualities. 


Leather is durable, whether it’s a pigmented leather that will resist scratches, staining and fading, or a full-aniline where natural use helps to develop a beautiful patina.


A true heirloom material, leather is often three or four times as durable as fabric. Investing in leather furniture means choosing something you’ll love for a long time. 


Leather isn’t a fussy material—dusting and occasional conditioning will keep your leather furniture beautiful and comfortable for years. 


Unique & Natural Character

The most natural looking leather, full-aniline leather retains the unique physical characteristics of the hide. Color is achieved by immersing hides in transparent, nontoxic dyes. Full-aniline leather does not receive any surface pigment. While this type of leather may have less surface protection than semi-aniline and pigmented leathers, it is softer, and will develop a lustrous patina over time.


Softer, More Even Texture

Semi-aniline leather includes a small amount of pigmented dye. The addition of the dye offers a more uniform appearance, while still allowing the natural characteristics to come through as well as adding a thin layer of protection.


Smooth with Uniform Color

A pigmented color coating on the leather hide provides a more uniform appearance and obscures imperfections. While this type of surface coating increases durability and resistance to staining and fading, pigmented leather does not develop a rich patina over time.


Smooth, Lightly Buffed Finish

Nubuck is a top grain, aniline leather with a nubuck finish. Nubuck offers a soft, velvety hand. A treatment has been added during the tanning process to impart water repellency properties.


Soft & Supple with Rich Color

Inherently water and stain resistant, vegan leather offers an attractive alternative to traditional leather with the same luxurious look and feel, alongside rich color and a unique texture. 

Explore the MG+BW Leather Collection


A semi-aniline Italian leather with a soft texture, more even color, and moderate resistance to staining and fading. 


A full-grain and full-aniline Italian leather, with a distressed natural look that beautifully burnishes and develops its own patina with time. 


A soft and supple vegan leather with rich, even color, a lightly pebbled texture, and inherent water and stain resistance. 


100% top grain Italian leather with an embossed pebble grain, silky smooth hand, and an extra layer of pigment for added color consistency. 


A full-aniline Italian leather with a wonderfully soft and rustic hand-sanded texture and natural look. 


A full-aniline Italian leather with a wonderfully soft and rustic hand-sanded texture and natural look. 


A top-grain aniline Italian leather with a sanded, soft napped finish and water resistant properties. 


A top-grain aniline Italian leather with a sanded, soft napped finish and water resistant properties. 


Full grain, full Aniline Leather with wax top treatment. Beautifully burnishes and patinas over times. Well suited for accent chairs, ottomans, or sofas.


Create Your Statement Piece

Crafting custom upholstery is a personalized experience that we design around you. Customize from 40 distinctive Italian leathers with the help of one of our talented designers, or use our convenient online customization experience to visualize your dream upholstery piece. Start today by choosing as many as 10 swatches in store or online, and we’ll ship them to you at no cost.

Leather Care & Cleaning

To maintain the natural beauty of your leather, simply dry-dust or vacuum. For suede and nubuck, supplement vacuuming with a soft suede brush.

• Leather spills: Dab immediately with a clean, dry white cloth. Longer set spills: Use lukewarm distilled water and a soft white cloth to massage stain and surrounding area. Blot dry.

• Nubuck or suede spills: Follow the above steps, then massage with a suede brush to restore the nap. 

• Need more care help? Call MG+BW Customer Care at 1-855-730-9999 or send us a message, or Uniters North America at 1-800-300-2359.