How To Choose A Great Leather Coat?
I love a great leather coat. What a great way to bring out your inner rock chick.
A great leather coat is versatile for all wardrobes, as they go with most items in your wardrobe and can be worn night and day.
A leather coat is also an investment piece for your wardrobe, a style that will remain in vogue for ever. So how do you know you are choosing the correct one?
Types of leather can vary significantly, so I spoke to Sally and Martin from Luxe Fashion, who have been working with leather for over 35 years in Melbourne.
High quality leather can always be spotted by its natural blemishes and marks that significantly differentiate it from a synthetic or poor quality, as well as its smooth soft supple feel. Generally speaking the more shiny or coated like leathers would be a sign of poorer quality leather as the additional coatings are added as something to cover up the defect and deformities. Generally these coatings can either make the skins itself weak or stiff – naturally not the intended want from a quality product.
Normally for garments high quality Lambskin, Cow hide or even Goatskin is used for various effects. Lambskin for soft supple and drape jackets etc, whilst cow-hide for performance jackets or thicker more textured look such as biker jackets for motorcycle wear. Goatskin a very popular article for high quality suede jackets.
When thinking of a leather specifically for a jacket and so forth you need to be cautious of quality of the garment as well as sustainability. All our leather is sourced from third and fourth generation leather tanneries in Italy that are guided through law as well as through their experience using chemicals sourced from Europe that are either vegetable based (natural) or chemical (water based) with max effect on the leather whilst utilising minimal effect on the environment and also tested so that after the skin is tanned and dyed it does not cause harm or issues to the wearer. All these areas around the tanning industry in Italy have specific water treatment facilities that are specifically managed by government bodies to have minimal effect as tanneries are predominantly located in rural agricultural areas and water is stored and recycled by the tanneries when repeating the tanning processes.
By using these techniques we are helping the environment and also minimising waste and economically manufacturing a product that is technically a bi-product of the food industry. The fact that the leather is being processed and tanned by people that have done it for generations we are sustaining an industry that is in the blood or a tradition so to speak as well as getting the best quality product that is used by well renowned international brands and past-down know how into making the best we can get.
Thank you to Sally and Martin for the leather information. Read about Luxe Fashions here.
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