We use 100% second sourced cowhide that is eco tanned here in the US and Italy :) we have some full-grain, some top-grain, and some skived down thinner leathers...it really depends on the colors. Our tanneries use cutting edge water filtration systems, reducing the carbon footprint of the tanning process drastically, and only natural tanning components.
All leather has normal distress marks such as scratches, freckles, moles stretch marks, etc. All these marks represent the life of the animal, and part of the eco-tanning process is not adding a synthetic coat over the natural markings of the hide of the animal. Distress will be present on all items, just as it is on our on bodies.
Though we realize this may not be the look for everyone, if you wish for a less distressed bag please notify us in advance so we can offer possible leather colors to better meet your needs!