28 January 2022

There are many products that are labeled as leather these days. Not all of those truly contain any leather, and that is a concerning development. After all, leather is an ancient craft product, made from a natural by-product of our food system. Where can you really see the difference? Well, with leather it is all about the grain. Report by One 4 Leather.


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Many materials, labeled as leather (vegan leather, faux leather, fruit leather, etc.), are in fact plastics or other materials enhanced with polyurethane or PVC coating materials. Leather, particularly for application in fashion and automotive interiors, often also is treated with additional coatings to achieve consistency and protect the material. The leather grain, however, is what makes it distinctly different from any imitation or engineered material. Of course, there are many other properties in which leather excels. Think about its resilience, durability, flame retardancy and many more.

Leather has been part of our lives for generations upon generations, and it deserves better than seeing its name being mislaid and misused by plastics that stake a claim for its qualities. Only real leather deserves to be called leather, easy as that.

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We bring leather, material and fashion businesses together: an opportunity to meet and greet face to face. We bring them from all parts of the world so that they can find fresh partners, discover new customers or suppliers and keep ahead of industry developments.


We organise a number of trade exhibitions which focus on fashion and lifestyle: sectors that are constantly in flux, so visitors and exhibitors alike need to be constantly aware both of the changes around them and those forecast for coming seasons.


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