Leather has long been a popular material to buy when it comes to clothing and accessories, and this popularity doesn’t seem to be waning. If you’re looking for an excellent, value for money investment, leather goods could be exactly what you need, but why is this? Why is leather so often used and what are its benefits? Read on to find out more.
When you compare good quality leather to manmade or synthetic materials, the result is that leather comes out much better because it lasts for so much longer. Not only that but whereas most items deteriorate with age, fading and breaking apart, leather has the rightful reputation of getting better with age, obtaining a beautiful patina, and wear patterns.
Even though leather might cost more at the outset, the fact that it’s going to last for many times more than cheaper items, and it will always look good (and be in fashion) is reason enough for buying it.
Easy To Repair And Maintain
In the past, most people were able to repair their own clothes without even thinking about it, but this is a skill that has been lost today because it’s so much easier to just buy new items and dispose of the rest.
This is not something you’ll want to do if you buy leather, however, but the good news is that leather is very easy to repair and to maintain. There are even specialist kits you can buy, and whether it’s leather backpack care or boot care, or jacket care that you want to know more about, you’ll be able to find plenty of information to ensure your beautiful clothes always look their best.
Everything about leather goods is recyclable, so even when they really have done their job and their best is behind them, they can still be useful. It all begins in the manufacturing process; any small offcuts that can’t be used to create clothing or accessories are used for something else, perhaps as stuffing for pillows or combined with other products to make a perfect composite (leatherboard is an example of this, and it’s used in the heels of shoes, for example).
When leather clothing is disposed of, it is very often repurposed, and upcyclers love to use it where they can in their decorations.
Even if the leather can’t be reused, it’s one of the few fabrics that entirely biodegrades, causing much less issue with the environment. It will take between 10 and 50 years to biodegrade depending on the type of issue and how it’s been treated.
Being a natural product, leather has a natural stretch and comfort to it that manmade materials just don’t have. Plus it’s naturally breathable, making it even more comfortable to wear since your body temperature is regulated and you won’t get too hot or too cold in your leather jacket, pants, or shoes.
Even better, leather will, over time, mold itself to the wearer, making it the most comfortable item of clothing you could own.