Luxury leather products always lead the avant grade of fashion compromising with the traditional craftsmanship. Leather is created by tanning hides and skins of animals; primarily cattle hide. Generally tanning of leather involves using heavy metals like chrome which is later on discharged n the rivers near the tanneries polluting the water and soil causing hazardous intoxications to the human beings, and environment around. Ecological leather is the most advanced in respect to environmental protection. It is chrome free leather tanned using only organic compounds.


Ecological leather is still the same leather, but is manufactured driven by the conviction of controlling the green house effect as a major ecological issue with less or no impact to the environment. All the materials used in the tanning and finishing process are fully biodegradable. It is manufactured by using alternative and renewable sources of energy, equipment, and chemicals applying the latest technology in leather manufacturing. The leather surface is treated with pigments, and coats to condition its softness, color, gloss, and touch. The finishing process includes embossing to impress a design and give a character to the end product manufactured.


Leather goods are now no longer restricted to jackets, coats, belts and boots. Many other fashion accessories are also manufactured with leather attracting a lot of attention in the market. Due to their durability and high glam quotient, fashaionistas feel it is essential to have a leather jacket or boots. Designer leather items are hitting the runways and ramp shows in a big way. They give better value for money in the long run. Various products such as trench coats, halters, bags, handbags, and upholstery can be manufactured using the eco friendly leather.


Mr. Burak Celet, General Manager of the Turkey based DESA, in an exclusive interview with &sec=article&uinfo=<%=server.URLEncode(1828)%>" target="_blank">Fibre2Fashion expresses his views about the global leather industry. He says, "We are convinced that the leather apparel business is a global business. However, it is a challenge to present it as a standalone retail concept. Therefore, we deem it to be necessary to have complimentary products in the range in order to minimize the seasonality effect".


Mr. Celet also observes the current trends in leather. He states that eco-leather would make an entry into the market in a big way. He remarks, "The current fashion trend in leather apparel industry is towards more natural and casual looks. Another upcoming trend is the ecological leather, which has a potential to become a major opportunity for many tanneries, if the industry manages to set international criteria defining this product range".


Synthetic blends of leather products will lower the production costs. But they are likely to cause ecological damage as most of them are not biodegradable. Ecological leather focuses on the tanning process, and hence these products enhance the skin with beautiful textures, and finishes.


Leather is now considered as a symbol of luxury and fashion, and has engraved a niche for itself in the fashion industry. Ecological leather provides the market with products that posses high demand performance, and also minimizes the ecological footprint during the manufacturing process.




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