DS Automobiles is the first manufacturer to integrate a team of saddlers within DS DESIGN STUDIO.PARIS. On DS models, full-grain leather is sourced from flawless hides, which receive an aniline finish and Nappa treatment.
This process retains the leather’s natural grain and gives it an extra layer of protection. Patina is added. Upholsterer craftsmen complete the shaping of each steering wheel, each dashboard and each support handle with a handmade leather sheath and seam. More than 10 hours are needed to reach the required level of refinement.
At DS, leather craftsmanship is a passion and a meticulous art. Each stage of the process is carried out with meticulous attention to detail to guarantee exceptional results. One of the key processes used is the vegetable tanning technique, which is favored for its durability and respect for the environment.
The guillochage process was invented by French watchmaker and physicist Abraham-Louis Breguet in the 18th century. Guilloché takes the form of intersecting symmetrical lines that embellish the surface of the material.
Once the leather has been tanned, DS saddlery craftsmen take over to bring every interior detail to life. Whether for the steering wheels, instrument panels or grab handles, each piece is carefully crafted by hand. The leather is meticulously sheathed and sewn with expert craftsmanship, adding a touch of elegance and sophistication to the whole.
But perfection takes time and patience. DS craftsmen spend more than ten hours on each piece to achieve the required level of craftsmanship. Every seam is precisely sewn, every detail meticulously inspected, to guarantee the highest quality and durability of finish.
Leather craftsmanship at DS is much more than just a manufacturing process. It's a heritage of craftsmanship handed down from generation to generation, a symbol of excellence and luxury. Every DS leather interior is the fruit of passionate work and an unwavering commitment to perfection.