Leather Fashion Show was held in Chennai on January 31, 2019. A showcase of what’s trending in the world of leather, it had vegan leather, leatherite along with trendy biker jackets, handbraided bags, rivets and rhinestones.
From casual wear to boho chic, stylish models sashayed down the ramp in some interesting styles--hot pants, skirts, biker jackets, athleisure and even chic formals. But the real stars were the handcrafted bags, footwear and accessories, from home-grown industries and a few international players.
The Indian leather industry accounts for 12.9 per cent of the world’s production of hide, with a massive three billion sq ft of leather produced annually. The leather fashion industry, though, is still taking baby steps. Big players are slowly moving from the export space into the domestic retail market.
The leather garment industry is still trying to make its foray into fashion, while leather bags and shoes fly quicker off the shelves. The industry offers better options than China and is now focusing on soft skills and increasing value so that it can market products under our own brand identity.
Indian consumers look at leather as a practical buy not luxury. So, natural leather jackets with a vintage, distressed look are not an easy sell.