We recently discussed the prevalence of trans-seasonal looks on the runway, focusing on the frequent appearances of fur, heavy fabrics and wintery palettes at the SS14 shows. Leather, of course, played a significant role in bridging the seasons on the catwalks last month, and it is also appearing as one of AW13/14 top 10 trends. However, it seems it’s not only high end designers who have gone crazy for the luxe fabric – the commercial data shows a 52% increase in the number of leather products arriving online in the last three months, compared to the same period one year ago.
The surge in interest surrounding the fabric is further supported by the increased global worth of the leather industry, which has gone up 16.1 million in the three years to 2011*. We spoke to Le Cuir, the leather and fur trade show, in Paris, who reported not only an 8% increase in exhibitors at their September 2013 show, but a dramatic jump of 21.5% in visitors attending the show. The majority of that growth came from European visitors, but a 25% increase in US/Canadian visitors and 17.3% increase in Asian visitors to the event suggests that this is a global trend.