Hand colour patina – what does it mean?


Hand colour patina – what does it mean?

Patina hand colouring is what we specialise in. For shoes and leather goods.

This is an artisan process of hand working using a special type of leather called crust leather. The crust leather is a neutral base colour, often a soft beige.

The alcohol based dye colours are transparent. They are applied in layers of one or more colours carefully by hand. Subtle patinas can be created in any colours. It is a work of art.

This is an age old technique from Italy. The dye colours we use are also from Italy.

Hand colouring allows us to make almost any colour. More importantly it means that you can commission shoes and leather goods in your colour, to make them your own style.

The picture below shoes before and after. You will see that for shoes the uppers, soles, heels and edges are all hand coloured.



About Dominique Saint Paul, Saigon.

We are a brand founded in Saigon, Vietnam. We make luxury, finely hand crafted Goodyear welted men’s dress shoes, casual shoes and also leather goods.

Our collection of dress shoes comprises Oxfords and Derby dress shoes including full brogues, half brogues, toe caps Oxfords, loafers, whole cuts, monk shoes and boots. Our casual shoe styles include slipper loafers, driving shoes and moccasin loafers.

We make complimentary leather goods including belts, wallets, card holders, cigar cases, notebooks, iPhone cases, bags and much more. Our leather goods are all fully leather lined and expertly crafted by hand in our own workshop.



Dominique Saint Paul flagship store can be found at

29 Dong Du, District 1, Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), Vietnam
Tel +84 (0) 8 38 25 12 59


We have an online shop for our hand crafted and hand coloured patina leather goods that you can find here with many styles including belts, wallets, bags, card holders, cigar cases and much more.
If you do not see the colour you desire, then please contact us.
We can normally make a new piece in around 5 days and we ship worldwide with Fed Ex.


If you are in Singapore, you can find our men’s dress, casual shoes and our leather goods at The Bespoke Club which is in the Suntec City Mall.


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Dominique Saint Paul hand colour patina shoes before and after the artisan work has been done