Where it all started:
Real Leather has played a big role in the growth of civilization. This material was first used in ancient times to protect oneself from harsh weather conditions. It was used as a part of shelter and was also incorporated into garments. Where on earth did it originate from, may you ask? Leather originated from Spain, specifically in Lerida, which is a city located in the Alps of Spain. The first manufactured piece of leather was found on a hunter who was wearing shoes that were made from deer and bear skin. Since the Bronze Age, humans killed animals in order for survival, for food and garments that protected them. The way leather was preserved was through hanging them to dry from the natural rays of the sun. They took good care of these skins as they were fundamental to their survival. Interestingly, humans used a natural curing agent from bark of certain trees to also disinfect their hides. Let’s take a look at some classic leather trends over the years!
Leather in the 1950’s:
Since Irvin Schott’s invention of the leather jacket in 1913, this garment has been viewed as the ‘cool’ thing to wear. From retail stores, to high fashion runways, the leather jacket has become a fad and a staple in everyone’s closet. It hit retail stores in the late 1920’s, and from there his jacket flourished. The first actor who styled this famous leather jacket was Marlon Brando. He wore it in the movie called ‘The Wild One‘. The 1950’s really embraced this garment and portrayed the look as a ‘bad boy’ image. The famous James Dean was a part of making the leather jacket a classic staple piece. He wore the leather jacket in the movie ‘Rebel Without A Cause‘. The leather jacket was commonly seen with more rugged bottoms and a light-colored top giving the outfit an edgier look. There wasn’t much experimentation with leather in this era just yet. It wasn’t until later in the 1900’s that women were seen wearing leather jackets. Let’s take it to a decade where everyone experiments with leather.
Leather Styles Today:
Say hello to everything leather! From skirts, to pant suits, leather is seen everywhere on the Fall runway in 2019. Leather has showcased itself in more casual outfits in recent years. You will see high-waisted flowy leather pants that are dramatically synched at the waist, giving the illusion of a small waist. The colors of leather also stand out ranging from bright orange to a soft baby blue. Leather is seen paired with many diverse cuts of fabric, such as crop tops. It is common to have a leather jacket worn unzipped, with a cropped t-shirt and wide lose-fitted jeans with little to no makeup. The leather jacket is worn to be the standout piece of the outfit. Therefore, making it an extremely easy garment to pair with other fabrics. In the world of fashion, there are many different types of leather garments that you can experiment with. There are dresses and fitted leather skirts that appear in trendy outfits today. With all the variations of leather there is something for everyone.
Vegan Leather: what kinds of garments are made with vegan leather now?
Vegan leather is the new leather. What’s so great about vegan leather? Well, everything. Not only does it lessen the number of animals that are sacrificed for garments, it is also plays a part in sustaining a greener environment. How is it eco-friendly may you ask? A lot of these vegan leather garments are made from sustainable materials such as fruit waste and recycled plastic. Many designers in the fashion world are designing garments that are made solely from vegan leather. Stella McCartney is a designer who has decided to only have vegan leather in her garments. With this conversion, leather has become so versatile and much less abrasive to make. With the pieces made from vegan leather, there is a leather version from intimates to dresses and more! Its not just clothes that you see are made with vegan leather, there are shoes, purses and other accessories that have played a part in the vegan leather fad. Call It Spring sells vegan leather shoes ranging from high heel pumps to men’s dress shoes. Little by little the world is working to be more considerate of animals and healthier for the environment. All this while still looking – Très chic!
Overtime leather has progressed from a form of survival into a classic fashion trend in the 21st century. The leather jacket in the beginning of leather was the first trendy piece to hit the fashion world. Overtime we have learned how to make leather goods into other variations of clothing. Understanding the state of our beautiful planet it is important to incorporate eco-friendly pieces into our closet and work towards a healthier environment.
By: Melania Cammalleri