Jamie: Leather is very important to me because I grew up in the leather industry. My great grandfather had in tanneries in Vienna.
"Leather is very important to me because I grew up in the leather industry."
Leather is such a rare medium, because if you think about it, it is the only material that can be used virtually anywhere and on anything! From jackets, dresses, shoes, hats, hand bags, basically everywhere in fashion. The same story goes for interiors, from the walls wrapped in leather to the furnishings, to even leather floors, you dream it, it can be made of leather.
Why we love it
Leather has come a long way in the fashion world. Designers are treating leather just as any other fabric. Experimenting with dyes, weights, textures and cutting it up into various shapes and designing it in along with other fabrics. This skin has taken on a whole new versatility. Leather is not only for the cold nights, leather now can be worn on the warmer days, with paper thin hides cut with slits it easily will keep you feeling and looking cool.
How to wear it
This material is so fabulous because it can easily be worn with virtually any other fabric and material. Think outside of the classic leather jacket, try a new and unexpected shape. Like a long trench coat or a chic high wasted skirt in a metallic leather or even black leather shorts paired with black tights. Leather can be harsh when not paired right, try leather with delicate fabrics such as lace, silk, and sheer cotton. The possibilities of this fabulous material are endless.
Why we love it
The more your leather is used, the better it will look over time. Embrace all the marks and scratches, the imperfections over time will become perfect to you. The more leather is used, the softer it becomes. This material works in every home, no matter what the style is. From sleek tight leather in a modern setting to slouchy worn leather in a tradition home, leather works everywhere.
How to use it
In a home leather can literally go everywhere! If you would like to create the ultimate masculine sexy feel, try paneling the walls in leather. Or if you are going for a more feminine, soft look try the walls wrapped in a cream soft ultra suede. Just like in fashion, leather looks best when mixed with other material and fabrics. For example, a mohair club chair with a etched leather pillow. Of even a leather wrapped dresser with polished nickel nail heads. You can even have leather floors! There are many fabulous companies out there that create leather tiles, it’s a unique, bold look.
Leather new goes out of style. No matter what the season is leather can be used everywhere, from the home to your fashions.
If you imagine it, it can be done in leather.
Everything is better in leather!
See the slideshow for specific examples.