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Cheetah vs. Leopard

Do you have a favorite? Do you know the difference?

Well, I’ve been making leather bags for 10 years now and I wasn’t really sure about how I felt about making bags with Hair on Hide leather and then trying to decided with which prints. But now that I’ve made the leap, I really can’t believe it took me so long!

We decided to go with a natural Black & White (so every bag is slightly different) and Cheetah vs. Leopard. And I gotta say, I recently started using my Nikki Cheetah print bag, and realized that I can literally use it EVERYDAY! The only thing I feel that might be questionable are my leopard print jeans and now my new Anthropologie leopard sweater wrap (shown below left, and btw it’s already sold out!) but you never know, I have been known to change my mind. LOL

You may have also noticed, from time to time, I’ve used a leopard jacket in my lifestyle images. I bought that jacket from a thrift store in California when I was in college (we won’t mention how long ago that was!) so you can see that, guess what, it DOESN’T go out of style. (link to Jenne bag in pic)

So you are probably wondering why Cheetah vs. Leopard?

Well, first of all, what surprised me and what I’ve discovered is that most people (and designers), don’t really know the difference between Cheetah and Leopard prints (even my interns had trouble). I see it ALL the time with online images and other blog posts, they completely mix the names up, typically calling everything leopard, when it’s definitely not. Plus, as you can see above, not all leopard prints look exactly the same, although they all share the same basic principles.

Not sure what I am talking about? Hopefully this will help:

Leopard print is more complex. It has a golden brown coat with black shapes that resemble a black doughnut, horseshoe, or ring of dots. There is usually a brown spot in the center of the black ring.

Cheetah spots are equally spaced, solid black dots. Making it easier to be consistent.

So when deciding, I realized that to me Cheetah has a more modern look and feel. You probably see more leopard prints in stores, but that’s also partly why we decided against it with our latest Nikki and Cher bags. We are looking at more of a variety of hair on hides, so any of your input would be greatly appreciated!

We’ve considered: Zebra, natural bridle hides in brown and maybe a pure white. And we are thinking about making them in a slight variation of our Edie totes (raw with no studs) and our Jenne foldovers.

Thanks again for your feedback, we love it!

Next week, I’ll give you tips on how to style it!

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