It's cool. It's classic. It's leather!
So, what's so wonderful about leather? Ask this of a leather
connoisseur and you have an answer - the touch and scent!
Leather products range from wallets, gloves and vests to
briefcases, belts, jackets, footwear
first leather objects were primarily used for protection. The
decorative potential of leather was realised over a period of
time. The timeless charm of leather lies in its luxurious
texture, warm colour, wholesome aroma, and
Leather usually comes from lambskin or cowhide. It is shaved
horizontally, giving layers and is tumble-washed in chemicals
or natural vegetable oil. This is done to take out the stiffness
and to give a soft feel to the leather. Sometimes it is tanned
and colour is sprayed on.
Genuine leather is recognised by tone variations and creases
in the end products. It absorbs oils and other moisture it comes
in contact with.
products are on the expensive end with a simple key chain costing
anything above Rs 50. Wallets, gloves and belts could range
from Rs 250 to Rs 2,000. Jackets, long skirts, briefcases and
motorcycle pants can go up to Rs 10,000. A set of automobile
seat covers like 'Stanley', which is a matter of choice,
can be as expensive as Rs 50,000.
On the latest styles, a leading leather retailer on M G Road
says, "With winter just round the corner, the trend
is leather jackets that keeps you warm. Men and women basically
do not differ in their choices, but women always prefer coats,
which fit snugly. The classic in a jacket design is the short
'Riding Jackets' with silver metallic zippers and a wrap
Leather ages gracefully and lasts for a long time, if given
proper care. Often made from the same materials, they require
a minimum care to keep the purchase looking great.
growing concerns about the environment, artificial leather offers
a fresh alternative to animal leather and is widely accepted.
They possess the same attributes of real leather like texture,
colour and are cheaper to manufacture. If leather is not to
your taste, try products made from synthetic materials or artificial
leather, which look just as classy.
- Dirt can be usually wiped off with a moist cloth.
- Use of soap is not recommended, as it may remove the
- A transparent leather cream, used sparingly, enriches
- Leather items, which have different finishes, should be
stored separately, as they might stick together.
- Avoid storing in extremes of heat, humidity, dryness