The Use of Leather In Fashion

by Ines Van Den Born - Date: 2007-04-26 - Word Count: 434 Share This!

Luxurious leather has been fashionably used for centuries. Because leather breathes, is water resistant, travels well and lasts for years, it has become a popular material in the fashion industry.

Several different types of skins are popular to use in fashion, including:

- Calfskin, which is made from young cows;- Pigskin is leather from pigs;- Buckskin comes from deer or elk skin;- Kidskin is made from young goats;- Lambskin comes from young sheep and lambs;- Alligator skin is made from alligators and crocodiles.There are also different processes uses to finish the skins and make the suitable to use in fashion, such as:

- Patent leather, which is given a shiny finish with oils, resin and varnish;- Suede, where the flesh side of the leather is brushed to make it nappy;- Nubuck, which is buffed on the hair side to create a velvety finish;- Top grain, where the real finish is usually sanded off and an imitation grain is stamped onto the leather;- Full grain, a leather that has the original grain.The use of leather began in around 3000 B.C., when the Egyptians discovered it could be used as body armor, household furniture and tents. In Spain, during the 15th century, leather was used for sofas, armchairs and as a wall covering. In the 16th century, leather hats and tunics became popular throughout England during the romantic era of Shakespeare. Ever since that time, leather has been one of the most popular materials used in fashion.

Today there are limitless leather apparel and accessory options. Leather is versatile, practical, prestigious and both sexes look great wearing it. Also, leather comes in many colors and textures, so it always has a trendy, exciting appearance.

Accessories made from leather stand the test of time and look fashionable anywhere you go. Gloves, shoes, hats, belts, boots and handbags made from leather are not only attractive, but a solid investment because of their durability. The wide array of styles and colors available match or enhance any ensemble.

Popular leather fashions include bomber jackets, blazers, trench coats, jeans, trousers, jeans and skirts of all lengths. Styles range from classic and traditional to funky and high-fashion, depending on your preference. Dutch Leather Designers know how to design top of the bill.

Leather is easy to maintain, too. Smooth leather can be wiped with a damp cloth. Suede and nubuck should be brushed. If you get leather wet, let it dry naturally because heat will damage its natural oils. Finally, if your garment gets soiled or worn, bring it to a professional leather cleaner to extend the life of the item. When it comes to fashion, leather is better!

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The author is fashion designer of leather gloves and leather fashion clothing and accesories from Europe.

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