Our leather is dyed at the tannery. Colors can vary slightly depending on the dye lot. Our leather is drum-dyed, meaning the dye penetrates completely and will never scuff white. Only plastic or vinyl covers present a flawless surface. The plus side of less coated leather like ours is that it’s less processed and will absorb natural oils from your hands that guarantee your cover and color will develop a deep, glossy patina over time.
To achieve the rich black in our imagery we must avoid pastel colors that require the use of white pigments (paint) in the tanning process. This is why white, pink, baby blue, and pale yellows and greens are not included in our color spectrum. Dyed leather containing white pigments produce a muddy grey color when burned that we find unappealing, even ugly.
Will my cover be the same color as the one I see on your site?
We use specialized equipment and techniques to photograph our covers and color correct them on a professionally calibrated monitor to insure color accuracy and consistency. However, home computer monitors and their settings are highly variable regarding color representations. Also, there can be slight variations in dye lots we receive from the tannery every 4-6 months. Please make your color choice with a generous spirit. If you are extremely sensitive to color choices we suggest that you look at our products on several different monitors before making your final selection. We promise you that we do our best to present our colors accurately.
Our leather, like all high quality leather, is deep drum dyed, not painted. Painted leather is less susceptible to fading but will scuff to a white layer underneath the paint and only vinyl or plastic coated leather will never fade.
All drum dyed leather will fade over time, especially those in the least stable spectrums of blue and purple. Once faded, the original dye cannot be restored. To avoid long term fading or radical short term fading caused by intense, direct sunlight, avoid leaving your cover on car seats or dashboards, in window seats, sills, or bright sunlight at the beach.
Also protect your cover, in any color, from long term exposure to window or skylight exposure (or extremely bright florescent lights) by storing your cover in a drawer or shelf where it's protected. Keeping your cover well conditioned will help. Thank you!
Color & Image Combinations: Can I have my cover in a different color?
We offer our images only in the color choices shown for each product. As artists and technicians we chose particular colors for each image for specific reasons: aesthetics, popularity and technical complexity. Our dense, complex line images can’t be seen very well in dark colors and for technical reasons, certain images cannot be produced to our quality standard in particular colors. There is method to the madness! Though some of our images look great in multiple colors, the first color choice shown on the product pages of our site is generally both the most popular and /or selected by the artists as the most appropriate.
Custom Color & Button Combinations:
As of June, 2013 we have introduced a pilot program that allows customers to order a custom color and/or button combination for a $30 fee on Original Journals, Icon Journals, Moleskine notebooks and Portfolios. For more information go to the "Contact" on our home page and click Custom Combinations in the drop-down menu.
Thanks for reading about Oberon leather colors!