Russia in 1922, following the Bolshevik Revolution, halted all production of this symbol of the old regime, a prized skin used for the leather goods for the nobles and royal families in Western Europe from the 16th to 19th centuries, as well as the Russian Army.

Almost a century later, LVMH (Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy) is set to revive the leather under a new name: Borodino Cuir de Russie. A special line of bags in the skin by the group’s luxury leather goods maker Moynat — under the name ‘Cuir Imperial’ (Imperial Calfskin), which is due to launch in January.

The initiative grew out of a conversation two years ago between Jean-Baptiste Voisin, LVMH’s Director of strategy and President of LVMH Métiers d’Art, and Moynat’s Creative Director Ramesh Nair, after he had been brought in to collaborate with one of the Group’s tanners, Les Tanneries Roux.