Winter Fashion Trend: Leather Alterations


Our fitter, Claire, talks about the leather fashion trend, leather alterations and leather style inspiration. Get our scoop on this season's fashion must.

Winter Fashion Trend: Leather Alterations

In the Middle Ages leather craft was developed and it looks like it will be here to stay for a while to come. Many forms of leather have made it as a winter fashion trend and this year is no different.

As a result, it's this time of year that we start seeing an abundance of leather alterations in our studio. We talked to our fitter, Claire, about what to look out for when buying leather and getting leather alterations.

Why is leather becoming more and more fashionable?
I think leather has always been very popular, perhaps it is only getting more "fashionable" as designers explore new ways to push the boundaries in leather products. The most obvious being stretch leather which is just the best thing ever.

What should you look for when buying leather?

Quality, quality, quality; so it's worth the splurge!
Who's the top fashion icons for leather style inspiration?
There are the usual designers that do leather like no one else: Rick Owens, Jitrois, Haider Ackermann etc. This season I do love the Sacai leather biker jackets, her designs are rather unusual. After all, she's not the 'designer of the moment' for a reason.

What are the intricacies of leather alterations?

You only get one shot at leather alterations, so there's no room for error. It needs to be handled with a great deal of care as the softest nappa leather can easily tear.

Leather is unable to be let out as doing so would leave permanent traces from previous stitching. For this reason, it is not possible to pin leather garments as again the leather will be prone to permanent pin marks.

Need more proof? See the designer leather alterations we've been doing this year.

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