Leather - An Introduction

I can't help but admit that I learn and love the products that are made from it. Leather production is truly a craft given the history and modern industry of leather. It is appreciated for its durability in quality. Moreover, it is indispensable in the Haute Couture world. In other words: Leather is the luxury of these products. Leather can sometimes also be a loaded material. In an age of vegans and the concept of 'green', this will undoubtedly not change. There are now also more and more ways to use leather as sustainably as possible.It is obvious. Everyone deals with it in their own way. This blog is not intended as a manifesto to promote or criticize the use of leather, but an objective analysis from personal appreciation of the material.

Some facts

Specifically, leather is a material made from the skin of an animal that has been tanned and ultimately processed into a product. The total process from raw animal hide to end product is extensive and involves quite a lot. In addition, it is also a long process in terms of time. The skin must first be prepared before it can be tanned. After preserving the skin by salting it, drying it or cooling it, residues still need to be removed. It concerns residues such as fat, muscles, hair and subcutaneous tissue. Only then can the tanning process begin. Tanning means to bind. The proteins of the animal skin bind with the tannin that is used. After the tanning process, it is dragged and dried and the animal hide has become a material for making various end products.

For example, in India, this work is considered work for the lowest class in the class system because it is considered unclean. Where in the Moroccan Fez and Marrakech it has the character as a symbol of rebirth. It is an intensive process and sustainable in the sense that it produces a natural material that lasts for a very long time. This does not necessarily make leather a cheap product. The number of end products, also known as consumer products made of leather, is endless. Leather is used in the upholstery of cars, planes, furniture, weapons, seats and sports equipment. It goes much further. For example, the material is used to bind books. Also canonized books. Leather is a particularly valued product in luxury goods such as bags, gloves, belts, shoes and clothing.

The leather handbag

The handbag is probably a woman's most important companion. Along with other accessories and shoes, handbags have become just as important as clothing over time.

It is the ideal marriage. Leather is highly valued as a material in the handbag and small leather goods. Of course because of the sustainable aspect, but also because it is synonymous with luxury. Every major fashion house now has its own classic handbag, often even several. The queen among the makers of luxury handbags who really loves bags knows who uses 30 different types of leather in more than 400 colors. In colors you could not even imagine. These handbags are still made by hand. The asking price usually starts at 10,000, -......

Fortunately, there are also leather handbags with favorable prices for those who cannot or do not want to pay Haute Couture. These also still have that typical leather scent and these are also made in beautiful colors. To go into the typical scent. Leather is often used as a note in perfumes. Yes, that too.Leather is not a modern day craft. It now has a very long history. Why is it that leather can no longer be ignored and people continue to produce it? After all, there are materials that are cheaper and easier to produce. 

Why and how did the shift in meaning take place 

Read the following leather blogs that take you back in the history of leather and discover how these questions are answered. It also shows how leather contributed to the development of some very famous fashion houses ...