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Sotheby’s auction iconic track shoes

7/19/2021
As the Olympics open on 23rd July 2021, so does bidding on a pair of rare prototype Nike track shoes.

Leather UK launches online showcase

7/8/2021
An online magazine that will inspire and inform about the exciting leather makers and creators working in the UK today.

Coach Forever

7/7/2021
Coach is a brand long associated with premium leather and now its Upwoven bags are an exciting concept on the journey to zero waste.<br />  

We need to stop the waste

6/28/2021
The Leather and Hide Council of America has published a powerful fact sheet that makes clear the waste impact of letting hides go to waste

Are animals killed for leather?

6/28/2021
No, hides come from animals raised for food. This accounts for 99% of the world’s leather. 

What is vegan leather? 

6/22/2021
Vegan leather (sic) does not exist. It is a marketing term used to describe materials, (or leather imitations) that are often plastic or derived from finite fossil-fuel.

Waste not, want not - habits of previous generations can shape our future.

6/22/2021
Outdoor brands have been adopting a repair and reuse mindset for some years- now that luxury brands are taking notice has it gone mainstream?

Feature Porsche Boxster – 25th Anniversary

5/31/2021
 A brand new car still has an unprecedented magic. Especially if the car has a leather interior.<br />  

Bonded Leather – What You Need to Know About Bonded Leather

5/31/2021
<p>Bonded leather (also called "reconstituted leather") is a material made with leather fibers and binders. </p>

Why we all want hiking boots now

5/11/2021
It’s accessible, enjoyable and great exercise – so make sure you’re kitted out for walking with the right boots for the job.<br />  

Interview: Brave Soles

5/6/2021
Founded in 2017 by Christal Earle, we are focused on creating fashion with upcycled materials and ethical, small scale production. Our handcrafted shoes have up-cycled tire soles and all accessories are hand crafted from reclaimed leather from aircraft seats and other sources. 

Design-A-Bag (DAB) online competition

4/29/2021
Design-A-Bag (DAB) online competition is the only bag designing event<br /> of its kind for designers and design students all over the world.

Interview: Eva Barbara Bongard & Vesile Yilmaz

4/26/2021
Vesile Yilmaz is a traditional Ebru artist from Turkey, based in Wisconsin. Vesile describes Ebru as an art that is mesmerizing, meditative and meaningful that allows you to create mind blowing patterns with one drop of paint at a time!

Use it or lose it: the UK leather specialists turning waste into worth

4/20/2021
By Stephen Sothmann, <a href="https://chooserealleather.com/">Real Leather. Stay Different.</a> - a campaign to promote the sustainable qualities of leather and champion slow style over fast fashion.

Interview: WaiWai

4/15/2021
Thoughtful jewelry and home decor pieces carefully handcrafted exclusively from leather scraps.

Interview: GREYDER LAB

4/12/2021
Two years ago, the shoe brand GREYDER L A B was founded to make the world a little better with a product that almost everyone uses every day: shoes. 

Billy Tannery

4/8/2021
Billy Tannery has partnered with Savernake Knives to create beautiful knife handles from leather waste.

Interview - Lederhaus

3/30/2021
Lederhaus is an online leather goods retailer. Their products are expertly crafted by a master artisan in Toronto, Canada.<br />  

Is leather sustainable?

3/25/2021
<p>Yes! If sustainable means converting materials that would be otherwise thrown away to make the products we use to live, keeping things for a long time, repairing them when we need to, passing them on to someone else to use after us and, eventually, recycling the product as many times as possible… Leather is most certainly sustainable</p>

Is leather environmentally friendly?

3/18/2021
The simple answer is ‘yes’. Leather is a highly versatile, widely used material and there are a number of elements in its manufacture that contribute to its environmental credentials. 

Interview - Lake Cycling

3/11/2021
Lake Cycling is renowned for the fit and performance of its cycling shoes. Leather Naturally caught up with them to learn more about two new models just launched and the part that leather plays in helping them fulfil a mission to create the most innovative performance cycling shoes.

Interview - Our Choice Fashion

3/4/2021
Filip and Marcus wanted to create something truly circular, something recyclable and biodegradable as well as 100% plastic free.

The Boot Institute

2/24/2021
This is a story of two modern independent women, who share the same vision and came together to make their dream come true.

Leather goods repair is a smart and sustainable approach to luxury

2/17/2021
Company The Cobbler has taken this line since the beginning - we asked them about their history and why leather is important to them. 

What is leather made of and where does it come from?

2/17/2021
Leather is made from the hides of animals, treated and finished to create a durable product suitable for a huge range of uses.

Promote your leather course. Increase your knowledge about leather. Leather Naturally can help.

2/16/2021
Leather Naturally invites all companies, (small & large) to promote their leather courses, online or in person

Tricker’s - traditional English footwear, made to last

2/11/2021
A family - owned business since 1829, Tricker’s footwear is recognised around the world for its quality and quintessentially English style.

Classic designs in leather endure

2/2/2021
Launched in 1955, the Chanel 2.55 bag with its signature quilted leather, went on to become an iconic style and one of the most recognisable bag in the world.

Student Leather Competition Enters Final Stage

1/28/2021
The competition, organized by LHCA in partnership with China Leather Industry Association (CLIA), has attracted more than 500 entries from students from 7 selected mainland China universities.

SJP admits her shoe obsession is real

1/27/2021
Ahead of the new SATC spin off, Sarah Jessica Parker talks shoes and of “becoming intoxicated by the smell of the fresh leather.”

A Guide to Buying Vintage Leather

1/11/2021
Well made leather lasts a long time and unlike most man-made, or synthetic materials it gets better with age, acquiring a depth of patina and wear pattern that is individual to the user - much like a favourite pair of jeans.

Responsibly made leather at the heart of sell-out new footwear

12/29/2020
D2C brand Amberjack has a waitlist of 10,000 for its new hybrid shoe.

Duke + Dexter leather sneakers - built for the stroll

12/22/2020
A sustainable sneaker, zero waste and no leftovers.

The Serapian family redesigned the interior of this car with their Mosaico leathercraft signature.

12/15/2020
Not just a car, no The Lancia Dilambda Cabriolet Carlton BS

Tradition and ambition come together in Design Challenge

12/8/2020
The Design Challenge has been launched with the objective of creating high-end fashion shoes with an emphasis on the sustainability.

How to Choose a Leather Jacket That You'll Keep Forever?

12/1/2020
We all need to invest in a more sustainable wardrobe for the future, but where to start?

Gen-Z will accelerate Millennial Trends

11/29/2020
<p>Gen-Z doesn’t regard luxury in terms of brands, but unique items that express individuality.</p>

What is the future of Leather?

11/17/2020
Listen to creative and founder of Bill Amberg Studio, Bill Amberg speak on the subject.

Jeff Hamilton – founder of Guess Jeans

11/17/2020
Jeff jumped from denim to leather, his passion

New online training course

11/10/2020
The globally renowned University of Northampton has launched a 12 week online training course

Buy less, Buy better, Buy leather

11/9/2020
<p>Berlin Department store to sell only pre-owned goods.</p>

Leather and motorcycles are extensions of each other

11/5/2020
Passionate about motorcycles and their synergy with leather. 

Trend alert

11/3/2020
Leather is an enduring trend - what better example than the 90s style leather dresses and coats making a comeback this Fall?

How to stretch your leather?

10/27/2020
Leather has long lasting comfort and shoes, jackets - even a wallet carried in the pocket will mould to the individual wearer.

Make your own sneakers!

10/22/2020
Ever wanted to make your own sneakers? Learn how with The Shoe Surgoen School.

3 reasons why Louis Vuitton uses leather

10/13/2020
Cristal clear why Vuitton uses leather. Read the 3 reasons of CEO - Michael Burke

Leather Industry Calls for Higg Index Review

10/9/2020
Leather Naturally is one of the co-signatories requesting that the Higg index MSI score for leather be suspended pending review of the underlying methodologies and data.

’The European Commission is being called on to regulate the use of the term leather.

9/14/2020
’The European Commission is being called on to regulate the use of the term leather'. Why? Because consumers are confused.

Hermès | Watch the love for their products and their sustainability

5/14/2020
Leather Naturally believe in buy less, buy better, buy leather. In the world of mass production Hermès strives to add value and quality to products such as their bags that are worth keeping for life and repair them when necessary. 

You are a vegetarian and produce Leather, is that a contradiction?

5/4/2020
An interview with vegetarian Ana Maria Vasconcelos of the company Belcinto in which she explains why she sees no contradiction in using leather and looking at how they create sustainable products that last a lifetime.

Webinar - Leather Learning of April 14th

4/20/2020
Have you missed Part 1 of the webinar "Leather Learning", that was arranged by the Textile Exchange, no worries. It is recorded. 

Fiat 500 gets a sexy Armani makeover with leather

4/6/2020
The Fiat 500 just got a very special makeover which includes an amazing leather and wood interior.

The Restory

3/2/2020
One of the most enduring of all leather qualities is its longevity, it ages beautifully and well-made products can pass from generation to generation. 

Peterson & Stoop

2/28/2020
Jelske Peterson and Jarah Stoop are the names behind the brand Peterson & Stoop - a duo that is taking a pioneering and sustainable approach to footwear production and design.

Longchamp CEO defends name “leather”

12/2/2019
International Leather Maker published from the French magazine Madame Figaro an interview with Jean Cassegrain, grandson of Longchamp’s founder and General Manager of the company, said he refutes ‘greenwashing’ and there is no such thing as ‘vegan leather’.

Nobody passes on their t-shirt to their grandchildren..

11/6/2019
Slightly Alabama designs and manufactures limited quantity leather goods in West Village, NY. Metcha interviewed Creative Director, Dana Glaeser about making what he loves, and where he finds inspiration.

LVMH: Luxury & sustainability go hand in hand

9/30/2019
LVMH has published LIFE2020: Four objectives towards environmental excellence as part of its ongoing programme of embedding sustainable development throughout the business.

Don't fabricate an attack on leather

9/12/2019
The article published in the Guardian blaming leather for fuelling Amazon fires has attracted criticism for its inaccuracies. In the interests of transparency Leather Naturally reproduces below the response from founder member Dr Michael Redwood in which he expresses his concern that a misinformed public will be driven to choosing materials derived from fossil fuels.

New automotive leather resource

8/22/2019
The new One 4 Leather website has launched and in the words of the organisation, sets out to provide transparent information about leather as a material of choice in vehicles. 

Leather Rail Seats Save Money, Add Value

8/6/2019
Scottish leather company Muirhead has released a video detailing its recent refurbishment project with Irish Rail. Thought to be the largest project of its type, 234 carriages and 15,500 seats were refurbished with leather.

Fashion industry needs to stop vilifying leather

5/9/2019
Having recently joined the ILM team and the leather industry from the fashion and retail sector, where I was Editor of a leading b2b magazine, I have been eager to learn about the leather trade, including the challenges it faces and opportunities ahead. It’s quite apparent that there are many parallels between the key issues in both sectors. 

How I was fooled by synthetic leather

1/18/2019
Leather Naturally Chair, Egbert Dikkers thought he was making a sustainable choice when he opted for an electric car with leather interior. So why was his car delivered with plastic seats? 

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