Leather Goes Mainstream

Expertly tanned hides aren’t just for bikers anymore.
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Vegan products have moved beyond the purview of the pantry; turns out leather can be vegan too. While it may just be a fancy way of re-branding pleather, a solid leather jacket remains iconic, faux or not. Free People distressed vegan leather jacket, $168, Pink Tulip Club, pinktulipclub.com

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Made by a pair of baseball loving sisters from Cincinnati, these bracelets repurpose the leather used to lace baseball gloves into customizable wristwear. Game Day Bracelets, Game Day Feels, $15 each, gamedayfeels.com

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This Italian-made satchel is the product of vegetable tanning, a centuries-old, environmentally-friendly technique that relies on extracts from plants and trees rather than chemicals. Chiarugi medium flap shoulder bag, $259, Appointments, 411pens.com

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It may appear as if this butterfly chair is the result of an exploded football being morphed into furniture, but the piece is actually sourced from India and comes with leather stitching, too. Leather butterfly chair, $379, Elm & Iron, elmandiron.com

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One of leather’s greatest qualities is its ability to age gracefully. Give this belt, complete with a brass buckle and burnished edges, a few years around your waist and it will only look better. Colt belt, $95, Article, articlemenswear.com

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Want to make leather jewelry even more badass? Just replace the typical caps on a 14-karat gold tassel necklace with brass bullet casings from a .223 Remington rifle. Multi tassel necklace, $105, Suzanne Applebaum Jewelry, sapplebaumjewelry.com

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The elastic band on these locally-made leather baby moccasins will make it slightly harder to kick off this pair. Plus, they come in 10 sizes, guaranteeing enough room for even the chubbiest of toes. Unicorn Leather Moccasins, $33, MaxMoccs, etsy.com/shop/maxmoccs

Photograph by Aaron M. Conway

 

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