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Luxury end of the market hit hard

Normally during troubled times, the luxury end of the leather market remains resilient. In fact, during the financial crash a few years ago, this segment carried on as usual as if nothing had happened. Those with large quantities of disposable income have remained somewhat immune to the spending constraints the rest of the population is dealing with, but the pandemic has caused problems like no other for the leather industry, and this time that includes the luxury end, writes theSauerReport Editor Ian Banks.

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Replacing chromium

There have been a number comments from people in the leather supply chain since I wrote a few weeks ago that chromium tanning is in permanent decline (click here to recap). This was based on the fact that the crescendo of attacks being made against it have gone on so long and been so loud that user opinion can no longer be retrieved however hard the industry tries. 

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Get-togethers returning to fashion

When the first World Leather Congress was held in Brazil a few years ago, tagged onto the back of a very successful World Footwear Congress, someone told me that they thought the industry had discovered a new appetite for big assemblies. I found it hard to believe. For some years, the numbers attending the UK Society of Leather Technologists and Chemists conferences had been declining, and it began to look like an event for a few enthusiasts to meet with even fewer elderly retirees. 

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Buy less and buy better

There will be a few people who will read this that remember saving up to buy things. In a world of over communication, of intense branding and of the retail pressure, associated with what is called fast-fashion, it is hard to remember the time when buying new things was a slow linear process that involved research and consideration before going to the store to part with hard earned money. 

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