This designer uses ‘off cuts’ of cows to make handbags, purses

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Fashion on Friday 9 May 2014

There’s a lot of waste that comes with using leather to create handbags and purses, but designer Victoria Ledig is one of the few who is using the parts of a cow that are usually discarded by leather manufacturers: the ears, tails, faces and lower legs. Usually these ‘off cuts’ discarded and send off ‘to […]

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Tanning leather in one of the world’s most polluted places

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Friday 4 April 2014

You’ve probably never seen leather tanned like this before. This is the toxic Hazaribagh leather tannery in Dhaka, Bangladesh, where ‘every day, the tanneries collectively dump 22,000 litres of toxic waste, including cancer-causing chromium, into the Buriganga – Dhaka’s main river and a key water supply – according to the environment ministry’. Around 25,000 people […]

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Roberts and Hassett footwear: A leather addict’s dream

Cormack O'Connor Contributor

By Cormack O'Connor in New Fashion on Thursday 8 August 2013

If you haven’t taken the plunge yet on a good pair of leather shoes, and you want to, you should probably go all out with a pair of Roberts & Hassett shoes from Australia. Made from local kangaroo leather, the boots are hand-welted with hand-spun linen threads and hand-stitched outsoles. I know, it’s a lot […]

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Bizarrely restrictive fashion by Una Burke

Ruth Power Reader Find

By Ruth Power in New Fashion on Monday 24 June 2013

Una Burke uses traditional and conventional leather working techniques to create non-conventional and extraordinary fashion pieces that cross the boundaries between functional design and art.

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A 700 Euro pair of shark skin gloves you can’t take off

Annie Churdar Contributor

By Annie Churdar in New Fashion on Thursday 9 May 2013

I hope you really like these gloves, because once you put the 700 Euro pair of gloves on, they will never come off your hand. So why won’t they leave your hand? It’s no witch craft, just pure science. These leather gloves are made from Shark skin from the Icelandic basking shark. The skin itself has tiny […]

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Kanye said Leather Kilts are cool, so we guess Leather Kilts are cool. Right?

Jonny Burt Reader Find

By Jonny Burt in New Fashion on Tuesday 26 February 2013

Kanye West’s recent alliance with Riccardo Tisci of Givenchy has triggered a new trend of street menswear aesthetics combined with high-end fashion that oozes luxurious, Americanised urban style. Labels such as En Noir, SkinGraft and Sons of Heroes typically feature collections heavy in leather mixed with unconventional fabrics – leather vests/trousers/skirts that articulate fresh, mildly […]

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Hunter Pass leathergoods

Kristine Engemann Reader Find

By Kristine Engemann in New Products on Thursday 16 August 2012

Hunter Pass Leathergoods offers custom-made leather items designed and created by the Ng sisters in Portland, Oregon. With everything from pet collars to portfolios to, my personal favorite, a tote bag that transforms into a backpack, this Etsy shop truly embodies the spirit of Portland.

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Leather DIY passport holder by Jespen Leather Goods

Sam Hoh Reader Find

By Sam Hoh in New Products on Friday 13 April 2012

Ever wanted to try your hand at making something out of leather? This DIY passport holder is a great little project: simple in design and construction. This nifty idea was created by Jepsen Leather Goods, who make well-crafted accessories. Also check out their sleek iPad case and bicycle tool bag.

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Coffin Lounge

Tristan Rayner Editor

By Tristan Rayner in New Products on Monday 14 February 2011

Black Italian leather. Morbid. Custom made 18-gauge steel coffin lounge. We want. Just not right now.

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