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Napa leather (often called Nappa leather) is a leather noted for its soft feel, derived as it is from calves, lambs, and kid goats, which have soft hides. It is a generic term in the leather field and has no distinct test for characterization. Among other uses, napa leather is often used in leather products such as furniture, clothing, handbags, car seats, and shoes.

The leather takes its name from Napa, California, where the process of making napa leather was created by Emanuel Manasse, a German tanner working for The Sawyer Tanning Company.[1] [2] [3]


  1. ^ Gregory, Thomas Jefferson (1912). History of Solano and Napa Counties, California, with Biographical Sketches of the Leading Men and Women of the Counties who Have Been Identified with Its Growth and Development from the Early Days to the Present Time. Historic Record Company. p. 251. napa leather.
  2. ^ Shoe and Leather Reporter. Shoe and Leather Reporter Company. 1922. p. 25.
  3. ^ "What is Nappa leather and is it a good choice for car seats?". ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 2019-06-13.