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February 8, 2024

World Leather Day 2024

This year, we celebrate World Leather Day on 26 April with the theme "Repair, Reuse, Repurpose".

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February 6, 2024

Breakfast Meeting – 20 March – Hong Kong – APLF 2024

Sign up for the breakfast meeting and join an active panel discussion!

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January 25, 2024

Interview with Chiara Mastrotto of leather manufacturer Gruppo Mastrotto

To improve the image of leather, we must address industry’s issues with facts and transparent communication.

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January 25, 2024

How to buy leather well?

Considered an ethical alternative to real leather, 'vegan leather' has questionable claims. Leather UK's guide helps in making informed choices and dispelling misinformation.

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December 11, 2023

An interview with Alice Robinson & Sara Grady, Co-Founders. British Pasture Leather

British Pasture Leather's aim is to promote the growth of regenerative agricultural practices by connecting with leather materials.

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November 30, 2023

Craft a selfmade leather reindeer

Transform leather scraps into your own handcrafted leather reindeer.

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November 27, 2023

Christmas Makes from Leather Naturally

Transform leather scraps into your own handcrafted Christmas ornaments.

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November 21, 2023

Design A Bag Competition 2024

Design-A-Bag Competition 2024 Theme: GENDERLESS From casual Unisex to extravagant today’s life: “to appear today is to exist in the eyes of the others .”

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November 20, 2023

Interview with David Stothard: The Boot Repair Company

By way of example we try and repair every type of shoe and our whole mission is to stop products going into landfill.

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October 26, 2023

COP28

On the occasion of the 28th edition of COP, the undersigned once again call for greater understanding and integration of natural materials, and in particular…

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October 23, 2023

Which leather type falls under which price category?

There is a wide classification of leathers, but what about the price classifications?

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October 12, 2023

Why Does Repair & Re-Use Matter? Celebrating the Longevity of Leather.

Celebrating the Sustainable Legacy of Leather: The Importance of Repair and Reuse

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September 11, 2023

Interview with Liam Maher & Stefano Pillepich Ecco

How they look at: what makes leather such a great material to design with and what place can leather have in fashion for the future?

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September 7, 2023

Why the leather hat is so special to Frans?

The story behind Frans v.d. Heuvel's leather hat and the significance it holds for him.

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August 29, 2023

Fast fashion is out of fashion – how leather is set to become part of the solution

How can we reduce our impact on the environment and actively mitigate the effects of climate change.

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August 28, 2023

Biobased carbon

How much biobased content does leather have?

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August 28, 2023

Regenerative Agriculture

Why is regenerative agriculture important for the leather industry?

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August 25, 2023

In Conversation with Suzie Fletcher

In conversation with Suzie Fletcher, presented of The Repair Shop and Master English Saddle Maker, discussing the saddle industry, hobbies and the joy of using…

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August 20, 2023

Interview With Julie Deane

Join us as we interview Julie Deane, founder of The Cambridge Satchel Company, as she talks all things entrepreneurship, inspiration, and the sustainability of leather.

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July 17, 2023

HOT-SHOP 16

ECCO's annual four-day workshop designed to challenge conventional leather creation.

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July 17, 2023

Cervo Volante

In spring 2017, Kadri Vunder Fontana, a chemist and experienced business woman, and Conny Thiel-Egenter, a biologist and passionate hunter, founded Cervo Volante with the…

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May 22, 2023

Sustainable Leather Forum

This international symposium aims to discuss the major challenges facing the leather industry and its positioning in terms of Corporate Social Responsibility.

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May 16, 2023

The Porsche commitment: How sustainable leather fits the brand’s vision

“The Volkswagen Group is taking responsibility for sustainable and transparent supply chains.

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April 18, 2023

World Leather Day

Leather is a natural material and in using the hides and skins that are the by-product of the food industry, leather makes its contribution to…

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February 22, 2023

Breakfast Meeting at APLF – Dubai

Sign up for the Breakfast Meeting. This year the APLF Leather Fair will be held from March 13th – 15th 2023 in the World Trade…

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February 22, 2023

Building Trust With Consumers

Building trust with consumers and understanding what they want to know.

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February 17, 2023

The Story behind the Glove

How one baseball glove came to represent its owners teenage years.

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January 17, 2023

SLAY – A Balanced View

Do you have questions about the film Slay?

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January 17, 2023

Leather UK Launches Swing Tag Initiative

A ‘Leather for Life’ tag will be available to all UK leather and leathergoods manufacturers.

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November 30, 2022

How Leather Was Life Changing for Deni

Leather was life-changing for Deni: it makes you visible, seen, heard and respected.

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November 30, 2022

Marai: Our Products Tell a Story…

“More than a new line of bags: Our products tell a story.”

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November 10, 2022

COP27 Our Materials Affect Our Climate

The International Leather Industry calls on COP27 to recognize the role that natural materials such as leather, have in addressing the challenges of climate change.

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November 10, 2022

Textile Exchange Adopting The Term Leather

In the November news - The Textile Exchange has released the definition of "leather".

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November 3, 2022

Real Leather. Stay Different. Crowns Winner

Leather and Hide Council of America partners with the African Leather and Leather Products Institute to launch Real Leather. Stay Different. African Talent Leather Design…

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October 27, 2022

Ownever

Read the point of view of OWNEVER's CEO Eliana Barros. She shares with us their stand for ethical production using leather design as a canvas…

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October 11, 2022

Interview: Helen Kirkum

Working with discarded sneakers you get a variety of leathers, suedes, and synthetics to work with, which can be difficult as everything has different thicknesses…

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October 10, 2022

Meet-the-first-female-leather-professor

Meet the first female leather professor Prof. Dr. Eser Eke Bayramoglu.

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October 5, 2022

Modest Vintage Player

Modest vintage player is crafting beautiful and practical sports & recreation goods from fine leathers.

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October 3, 2022

Real Leather. Stay Different

Leather and Hide Council of America partners with the African Leather and Leather Products Institute to launch Real Leather. Stay Different. African Talent Leather Design…

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September 5, 2022

Gärsnäs

Gärsnäs is a brand that has been around for 127 years and still manages to bring innovation to the table.

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July 21, 2022

VOLTA ATELIER

When you speak about VOLTA ATELIER: sustainability, social justice, refugees, social vulnerability, leather scraps, leather handbags, NGO are the incredible mix of words that come…

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June 17, 2022

Duke + Dexter Leather Sneakers – Built For The Stroll

Besides the handmade shoes Duke & Dexter has a customisation service 10F1. Make your shoes personal.

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June 6, 2022

In Practice – Leather as a Part of a Circular Economy

How a local partnership transformed waste into beautiful and long-lasting product.

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June 6, 2022

The Chicago Leather School

I have made over 10,000 pairs of shoes for customers since 1974

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April 28, 2022

Slow Fashion Challenge for International Design Competition

The Real Leather. Stay Different search for new design talent is now on.

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March 10, 2022

The Difference Between Synthetic and Real Leather

Real leather (leather) is a by-product of the meat industry. It is a natural, renewable material up-cycled from the hides and skins that would otherwise…

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February 17, 2022

BMW Group Joins Leather Working Group – For Responsible and Sustainable Leather Sourcing

Leather Working Group has announced that BMW has become the second car manufacturer worldwide to join.

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January 28, 2022

What’s Different About Leather for Automotive?

The leather seat in your car is not the same as your leather shoe , One4Leather explains why not…

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January 28, 2022

Portugal Legislates for Leather

Country puts protection from misleading terminology in place

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December 24, 2021

Leather and the Custom Car Interior

One4Leather on the benefits of leather in achieving the custom finish of your dreams.

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December 20, 2021

Regenerative Leather: When Recycle Becomes Renew and Restore

Steve Sothmann of Real Leather, Stay Different looks at the advantages of brands investing in regenerative leather.

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December 14, 2021

PUMA: No Time For Waste

PUMA pilots testing for a biodegradable RE:SUEDE version of its most iconic sneaker.

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November 30, 2021

Anya Hindmarch Launches Return to Nature Collection

Challenged by the idea of a zero-waste future, and looking to nature for inspiration, Return To Nature is the result of two years of research…

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November 29, 2021

Leather Offers Lifetime Performance for Your Car Seats

The way we use our cars is changing - leather should be along for the ride.

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November 19, 2021

Get Access to METCHA Forward, a Trend Report to Inspire and Inform

METCHA’s new initiative compiles leather-oriented trends for the near future covering all major industry areas of concern in an exclusive report.

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November 10, 2021

PALAPA

PALAPA takes its name from the Spanish word referred to a shelter roof made of dried palm leaves. The most common place to see a…

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November 10, 2021

ECCO Debuts Innovative Bags and Accessories Concept

ECCO Leather Goods is a new bags and accessories concept that includes pieces made with the DriTan technology, which reduces water consumption.

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October 28, 2021

COP26-Our-Materials-Impact-Our-Climate

The leather industry calls on COP26 to prioritise natural materials.

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October 27, 2021

The Truth About Leather in Cars

It’s time to tackle the misinformation that’s out there about the use of leather in cars

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October 26, 2021

Il Bisonte

Why are the bags & accessories of Il Bisonte so revolutionary? Read the remarkable story of this artisan company situated in the heart of Florence.

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October 5, 2021

Nike’s Jordan Brand Retro Collection Demonstrates the Versatility of Leather

Nike has released a preview of the Jordan brand Holiday 21 collection and it’s everything you want.

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September 23, 2021

Daniel Essa

Daniel Essa had to leave Syria and became a refugee. He went to France, built up his own sneaker brand and is now selling his…

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September 22, 2021

Bentley Becomes First Automotive Member of Leather Working Group

Bentley leads the way for responsible leather use in the automotive supply chain

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August 12, 2021

Debunking The Methane Myth

A new animation from Meat & Livestock Australia presents a clear explanation of the carbon cycle.

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July 27, 2021

Sneakerhead Dreams

Nicola Davies searches out the best sneaker customisers in London

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July 19, 2021

Sotheby’s Auction Iconic Track Shoes

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

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July 8, 2021

Leather UK Launches Online Showcase

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

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July 7, 2021

Coach Forever

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

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June 28, 2021

We Need to Stop the Waste

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

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June 28, 2021

Are Animals Killed for Leather?

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

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June 22, 2021

What is vegan leather?

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…

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June 22, 2021

Waste not, want not – Habits of previous generations can shape our future

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

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May 31, 2021

Bonded Leather – What You Need to Know About Bonded Leather

Bonded leather (also called "reconstituted leather") is a material made with leather fibers and binders.

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May 11, 2021

Why We All Want Hiking Boots Now

It’s accessible, enjoyable and great exercise – so make sure you’re kitted out for walking with the right boots for the job

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May 6, 2021

Interview: Brave Soles

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…

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April 26, 2021

Interview: Eva Barbara Bongard & Vesile Yilmaz

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…

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April 20, 2021

Use It or Lose It: The UK Leather Specialists Turning Waste into Worth

By Stephen Sothmann, Real Leather. Stay Different - a campaign to promote the sustainable qualities of leather and champion slow style over fast fashion.

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April 15, 2021

Interview: WaiWai

Thoughtful jewelry and home decor pieces carefully handcrafted exclusively from leather scraps.

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April 12, 2021

Interview: Greyder L A B

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…

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April 8, 2021

Billy Tannery

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

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March 30, 2021

Interview: Lederhaus

Lederhaus is an online leather goods retailer. Their products are expertly crafted by a master artisan in Toronto, Canada.

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March 25, 2021

Is Leather Sustainable?

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…

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March 18, 2021

Is Leather Environmentally Friendly?

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…

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March 11, 2021

Interview Lake Cycling

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…

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March 4, 2021

Interview: Our Choice Fashion

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

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February 24, 2021

The Boot Institute

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

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February 17, 2021

Leather Goods Repair Is a Smart and Sustainable Approach to Luxury

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

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February 17, 2021

What Is Leather Made of and Where Does It Come From?

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

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February 16, 2021

Promote Your Leather Course. Increase Your Knowledge about Leather. Leather Naturally Can Help

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

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February 11, 2021

Tricker’s – Traditional English Footwear, Made to Last

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

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February 2, 2021

Classic Designs in Leather Endure

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…

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January 11, 2021

A Guide to Buying Vintage Leather

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…

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November 29, 2020

Gen-Z Will Accelerate Millennial Trends

Gen-Z doesn’t regard luxury in terms of brands, but unique items that express individuality.

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November 17, 2020

What Is the Future of Leather?

Listen to creative and founder of Bill Amberg Studio, Bill Amberg speak on the subject.

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November 17, 2020

Jeff Hamilton – The first ever licensee for Guess Jeans for Men

Jeff jumped from denim to leather, his passion

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November 9, 2020

Buy Less, Buy Better, Buy Leather

Berlin Department store to sell only pre-owned goods

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November 5, 2020

Leather and Motorcycles Are Extensions of Each Other

Passionate about motorcycles and their synergy with leather.

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October 13, 2020

3 Reasons Why Louis Vuitton Uses Leather

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

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September 14, 2020

The European Commission Is Being Called On to Regulate the Use of the Term Leather

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

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May 4, 2020

You Are a Vegetarian and Produce Leather, Is That a Contradiction?

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…

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March 2, 2020

The Restory

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.

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February 28, 2020

Peterson & Stoop

Jelske Peterson and Jarah Stoop are the names behind the brand Peterson & Stoop - a duo that is taking a pioneering and sustainable approach…

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November 16, 2019

Nobody Passes on Their T-Shirt to Their Grandchildren…

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…

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September 12, 2019

Don’t Fabricate an Attack on Leather

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…

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January 18, 2019

How I Was Fooled by Synthetic Leather

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…

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