Antique leathers to liven the senses

S.W. James Leathers

our antique leather range

After the Chesterfield has been upholstered by the team, a top coat of darker colour can be carefully polished in selected areas to expose the lighter colour beneath. This subtle contrast in colouring, where normal wear and tear would appear, achieves a beautifully aged, antique quality.

S.W. James Leathers

the traditional chesterfield look

At S.W. James, we offer a selection of beautiful vintage and heritage leathers. However, a chesterfield is at its most recognisable and in its most traditional ‘outfit’ when covered by antique leather. This tonal and textured leather gives any Chesterfield it covers an aged look. The leather is also remarkably resilient and will last generations.

The S.W James antique range comes in a rich, colour palette including oxblood red.

Stunning antique rub leathers

S.W. James Leathers – Antique

Achieving the Antique Look

Antique leather has been inspired by the worn finish of leather chairs that have aged over generations. The leather is steadily rubbed by hand, over and over again, to create the most authentic antique look. Subtle shades of lighter colour are picked out to embellish areas of the Chesterfield where wear would naturally appear over time.

antique rub leather the traditional chesterfield look

S.W. James Leathers – Antique

Beautiful, yet Robust

Antique leather is the only non-fully aniline leather we run. This allows us to run a leather range that is incredibly strong and robust. If removed promptly, liquid spills will not stain this leather, and it is waxy finish is resilient to scratches.

handmade antique rub leather chesterfields

S.W. James Leathers – Antique

The Antique range

Our Antique leather is currently only displayed on our No.1 range. Our most traditional Chesterfield sofa. Should you prefer, we can cover any sofa or chair in our full range in antique leather. Feel free to contact Warren to discuss on 0161 359 5462 or for further contact details, click here.

Colour Range

our s.w. james no.1 in antique brown leather

Rustic leathers meets timeless design

Colour Range

the s.w. james vintage leather colour range

All our leathers come in hand selected colour palettes curated by the S.W. James team. Each colour has been deliberately selected to provide shades and blends that look different on every Chesterfield sofa or armchair we produce.

To truly understand why our S.W. James leathers are so beautiful you need to experience them. You need to touch them, smell the rich fragrance of the Italian leather. You also need to see the intense colour of the leather for yourself, to get a true feel for how it will look and how it will fit into your room.

To do this, simply request some free swatches by clicking the button below.

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Oxblood antique leather Chesterfield

Colour Range

Oxblood red antique Leather

Oxblood red is our most popular antique leather colour in the range. The rich, dark colour looks beautiful on any of our Chesterfield sofas or armchairs.

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Antique green leather Chesterfield

Colour Range

Green Antique Leather

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Antique tan leather chesterfield

Colour Range

Tan Brown Antique Leather

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Blue Antique Chesterfield Sofa

Colour Range

Dark Blue Antique Leather

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Talk to the team at S.W. James

The S.W. James Team

we’re here to help

We know ordering your own handmade Chesterfield or vintage sofa is a very personal decision and we know you will have questions before you decide to choose an S.W. James of your own. We are here to help, and we work closely with you throughout every step of the production process to ensure you are 100% happy with your new S.W. James when it arrives in your home.

We’re a passionate team and we love to talk about our Chesterfields and vintage sofas. As a result, if you have questions before you order, or at any point during production, just ask. You will always talk directly with Warren and the other business founders.

Call the team today for a friendly chat on

+44 (0)161 359 5462

Or email Warren and the team by clicking here : warren@swjames.com.

Our office hours are Mon- Fri 9am to 6pm, Saturdays 10am to 6pm, Sundays 10am to 4pm. Feel free to call any time. If the office is closed just leave a short message and we will call you back as soon as possible. Alternatively email us any time you like.