While the fur industry is often questioned, the leather industry is escaping critical gazes from the public eye. Is this about to change?

Following the past season’s fur fear and faux fur obsession we were happy to note i-D Magazine’s recent article questioning why the niche industry of fur is triggering so many hard feelings whilst the considerably more important leather industry is escaping any critical gazes from the public eye. With leather often being excused as a by-product from the meat industry and leather manufacturing practises rarely highlighted in the media it has shown that for the first time in history, our craving for leather is exceeding our craving for meat, and the relationship is reversing with meat turning into a by-product of the leather industry. Fur may be easier to give up (or to not even engage with in the first place) than leather, and leather may be as acceptable to wear as meat is to eat. But judging from the rise of vegan in the ever one step ahead food industry, is the leather-fashion love story about to fade? More here

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