Hermès Evercolor vs Evergrain: 5 Differences To Know Before Buying

Evercolor vs evergrain

The Hermès brand always have the highly versatile lifestyle and personalities of their customers in mind that’s why it strives to provide the most varied products features for its cherished clients. In this article, I researched on two of their leathers: Evercolor and Evergrain to shed light on their differences.

The primary differences between Hermès Evercolor and Evergrain is that the Evercolor is comes in a wide array of colors and it’s often used for small leather goods while the Evergrain is often suitable for making larger leather items.

There are a lot more differences I uncovered in my research and I’m ready to share them with you in the remaining parts of this article. I also threw in some similarities between the two to further put things into perspective for you. Stick around!

What is Hermès Evercolor Leather?

Hermès’ Evercolor made its first appearance in 2012 but was officially introduced in 2013 into the Hermès luxury portfolio. The Evercolor is a pretty firm leather with a matte and dim appearance. You will find it commonly used for small leather good.

Evercolor is durable and is resistant to scratches. It particularly absorbs color dyes beautifully and comes in a wide range of colors. If you’re familiar with Togo and Swift leather, Evercolor’s texture sits between the two. Meaning it’s texture is somewhat similar to both Togo and Swift leather.

Related: 9 Simple Differences Between Swift and Togo Leather

Of all of the qualities of the Evercolor leather has, one of its unique feature is that it comes with a visibly printed leather grains. Another unique feature that most customers of the Hermès brand cherish is that this leather is very smooth and soft to touch and becomes a lot more softer with time.

What is Hermès Evergrain Leather?

Evergrain is an embossed male calf that was introduced in 2013. This leather has a crackled motif, and it’s generally softer than what’s commonly known as it’s sister leather: the Evercalf.

I will say Evergrain leather is particularly known for its fair firmness and matte finish but due to it’s soft and luxurious texture, Evergrain is a bit more susceptible to scratches, scuffs, and marks than other similar embossed style leathers — especially when it doesn’t get the proper tender loving and care it needs.

The best thing is that while the Evergrain easily develop scuffs, these scuffs can easily be removed. Small scuffs can be rubbed or buffed out while larger scuffs can be refurbished by professionals.

One significant thing you will notice with embossed leathers are the fact that they can feel very stiff and rough but what’s key with Evergrain is how it’s still remains smooth, soft touch, with a luxurious feel.

Hermès Evercolor vs Evergrain Leather

Now that we have established a bit of background and had a clear overview of these two types of luxurious leathers from Hermès, let’s now juxtapose them each against the other on the criteria of Scratch resistance, Water resistance, Grains, Color, and it’s common Leather Usage.

Scratch Resistance

The scratch resistance of a leather item is generally a huge factor when it comes to picking out leather goods. This is because it determines how hardwearing the product is going to be and how well it’s going to age.

Hermès Evercolor leather products come with a fine feel that’s durable enough for everyday use and features a unique resistance to scratches.
Evergrain on the other hand has a more finer feel to it’s grains as one of its chief characteristic advantage, but renders it more susceptible and vulnerable to scratches.

So this makes the scratch resistance of the Evergrain no match for the scratch resistance Evercolor has to offer. But as mentioned before, the scratches, scuffs, and marks the Evergrain takes on can easily be treated and removed by buffing or taking it for a nice spa treatment from a professional.

Water Resistance

Another highly important factor most people will concern themselves with when it comes to picking out general leather products is how resistant it is to water especially. This is because leather products that aren’t water resistant tend to develop quite a number of issues like ugly water stains or marks and a couple others.

So when you compare the water resistance of the Evercolor and the Evergrain leather, Hermès Evercolor has a unique advantage the over Evergrain with how water resistant it is. So your Kelly’s in Evercolor could get sprinkled with water or you could get stuck in rain — no worries, because the water will drip right off or could be wiped off.


A lot can be said about grains when it comes to Hermès leather. The versatility and details when it comes to the grains of most Hermès leather is simply outstanding. While other types of leather will have an actual feel that matches the look of certain grains, others will offer you a fantastic visual textural feel of the grains.

On the grain level, the Evercolor and Evergrain leathers have subtle differences and if your completely new and trying to figure a basic difference between these two types of Hermès leather using the grain is certainly NOT the way to go.

Comparing the grains of Hermès Evercolor and Evergrain leather can be quite cumbersome as they both come with similar fine grains. So where lies the difference?

From my research, I found out that while the Evercolor features small grains that’s buttery and more visible, clear, and definite in appearance, the Evergrain has a much smaller, more finer stamped grain texture that’s smooth to-touch. Evergrain has a nearly silky and satin tendency when touched and felt.


The array of colors these two types of leathers come in is definitely one of the primary comparative factors you will consider not only because it’s obvious but because it’s surely one easy way to know if a Hermès product is genuine or fake.

Hermès has an interesting strategy of making certain colors exclusively for certain types of leather only. So color is indeed a substantive differentiation factor when it comes to Hermès leathers.

Evercolor, as the name implies, comes in a wide palette of “forever” colors. The leather itself is made to absorb color dyes beautifully. So indeed, this leather take color beautifully and a lot more easily too. It’s colors are vivid and inspires a lot of character. But this is, however, NOT consistent with Hermès Evergrain leather.

Leather Usage

The various characteristics of a leather comes together to inform what the leather is best for and often used for. While some other types of leather will lack a bit of firmness to it’s look and feel — making it best for smaller bags, others with a much firmer structure will ideally make them perfect for larger bags.

The Hermès’ range of leather goods currently includes its leather handbags such as the much sought-after Birkins, luggage, appointment diaries, shoes, gloves, belts, and saddlery.

You will find that the application of each of these leathers will be common with certain line of products than the other. For example, Evercolor is most commonly used for the production of small leather goods such as Kellys, Contances, Roulis, baby Birkins, wallets and other small colorful leather goods in Hermès leather production.

While on the contrary, with Hermès Evergrain slightly more heavy and holding better than Evercolor it’s application is often with bigger sized leather products — ranging from traveling bags, backpacks to carry-on bags and everything in-between.

So you wouldn’t normally buy a large birkin or kelly in an Evercolor leather, but instead you will 9 out of 10 find them in a much smaller sizes (under 30).

Differences Between Hermès Evercolor and Evergrain – Summary

Evercolor Evergrain
1. Scratch Resistance Evercolor has a unique resistance to scratches Evergrain is more susceptible and vulnerable to scratches
2. Water-Resistance Evercolor is more water resistant Quite resistant
3. Grains Evercolor features small grains that’s buttery and more visible, clear, and definite in appearance Evergrain has a much smaller, more finer grained stamped texture that’s smooth to-touch
4. Color Takes color dyes very well so comes in a wide array of colors Comparatively Limited
5. Leather Usage Evercolor is most used for small leather goods such as Kellys, Contances, etc Evergrain holds shape pretty well so it’s often used for bigger sized leather products like traveling bags, backpacks, etc

Similarities Between Hermès Evercolor and Evergrain

  1. Both Evergreen Hermes and Evergrain leathers can be maintained easily by a simply rub and buff treatment or professionally refurbished — at the Hermès Spa Services.
  2. Scratches are easily removable from both leathers.
  3. They all come from male calf leathers which has a fair firmness and a matte texture.
  4. Both the Evercolor and Evergrain were introduced into the Hermès luxury family of products just about the same time in 2013.
  5. They all develop patina and sheen when frequently used or exposed.
  6. You will pay slightly more for Evercolor Hermès and Evergrain leather than Togo and Clemence Hermes leather produce.


All in all, you can tell from this article that the Hermès Evercolor and Evergrain leather are a lot more similar than different. However, both carry unique features that allows for them to each stand as unique individuals when turned into products.

So go for the type of leather that matches your personal style, lifestyle, and personality. And remember! No matter the type of leather you go for amongst these two, they are all going to make a roaring statement!


Hi! I’m Kwabena, the owner and founder of Favored Leather. I’m a huge Leathercraft enthusiast and I’ve been that for almost 13 years now. I'm excited to share my experiences and all the new stuff I learn each day about leather craft, leather cleaning & care, and everything in-between!

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