The chicest way to wear leather this season
A winter wardrobe favourite, tough-luxe pieces get a planet-friendly makeover this season with our collection of vegan and consciously crafted leather designs.
Few fabrics have the same sartorial standing as leather. Both rebellious and refined, there’s something instantly alluring about the butter-soft hand feel of real and vegan leather pieces. But how do you strike a balance between stylish and sustainable? It's all about making the right investment.
As we work towards being more mindful with our wardrobes, there are a few key considerations to take in. From asking yourself how often you’ll wear a piece, to questioning where the product came from in the first place, it pays to be armed with information. Our leather pieces are consciously crafted from genuine lamb leather that has been sourced from New Zealand by a Leather Working Group (LWG)® Gold certified member. The Leather Working Group strives to reduce the environmental impact of leather production and focuses on responsible leather sourcing by improving the industry’s supply chain transparency.
But if you can’t overlook the animal cost of the industry, pioneering practices in the manufacturing of vegan leather offer a modern approach to feeling good about looking good. Our vegan leather collection uses certified recycled polyamide and stretch polyester fabrics to mimic the look and feel of real leather. All the luxe without the livestock.
wear this season’s silhouettes
From tailored trousers to trench coats, wearing leather well is about investing in the pieces that work for you. Think about the silhouettes you turn to time and again, and let leather (real or vegan) offer an instant update to your favourite jeans, skirt or even midi dress this winter. No longer the reserve of evenings out, a pair of wide-leg pants or a flattering A-line skirt will make a lasting impact on your work wardrobe.
Play with textures, layering smooth leather pieces with tactile knits, crisp cotton shirts and fluid silk styles. While black reigns supreme as the shade to buy, it’s worth paying attention to neutral tones and chocolate hues too. These colours can bring a softer edge to classically rock-chic styles. Earthy shades breathe life into winter wardrobes, encouraging you to turn to separates in creamy whites, soft blues and vanilla tones to brighten dull days. Brown leathers can also lend a vintage feel to your look as the patina changes over time, arguably getting better with each wear, and matching perfectly with trending chunky gold jewellery.
care for leather clothes
Putting in the time to take care of your leather pieces will pay off in the long run. Read the care labels on each garment carefully, as there can be subtle differences in the cleaning instructions for different animal skins, finishes and synthetic fabrics. If your favourite jacket or leather pants are in need of a little TLC, take them to a specialist leather cleaner for a professional pick-me-up. If a piece is safe to be washed at home, use a gentle cycle or hand wash with cold water, turning the garment inside out and focusing on the lining as this is where sweat or odour will be retained.
Protect your fashion investments and waterproof your leather pieces before the first wear. You also might want to use a leather conditioner if you notice any dry or cracked surfaces on older garments. Remember it’s always best to patch test any products on a less noticeable area first. And when it comes to storing your leather clothes, avoid folding and favour sturdy hangers that won’t affect the structure of each piece.
Life happens and so do stains. If you spill salad dressing, wine or even pen ink on any leather clothing, use a damp white cloth to dab at the stain but never (and we mean never) rub at it. Always avoid chemicals when it comes to leather care, and whatever you do, do not put your leather pieces in the dryer.
Embrace a rebellious spirit and lean into leather this winter. There’s no denying the enduring power of sleek leather clothes in flattering cuts for the ultimate wardrobe confidence.