Leather’s Emergence in Fashion & Pop Culture

What makes leather so deliciously distinctive? What is the intangible factor that has made leather prominent throughout the years and consolidated its place in so many different aspects of fashion? The answer is simple – timeless elegance. Leather possesses an eternal mystique that makes it stay relevant and in style. A well-made leather bag looks refined and complementary in any attire, whether it’s accompanied with an Armani suit or your get-out-of-bed sweatpants look.

Leather is also an omnipresent product which has a variety of uses. Not only does leather have its own niche in clothing, it is starting to become a staple in furniture (especially in India) because of its longevity. While other materials wear out with time, leather, like finely aged wine, only becomes more gorgeous and full-bodied. The fact that its sheen increases as it wears and absorbs oils from our skin insinuates that it is a living, breathing entity in itself.

These qualities of leather have made it an essential component in popular culture. Indiana Jones’ leather hat is etched in memory as one of the most iconic accessories in cinema. The hat helps define what made the character famous – themes of daredevilry and adventurous spirit associate themselves instantly. On another end of the spectrum is leather’s innate ability to emanate class, seen through most high-powered lawyers and ad executives in cinema and television carrying around a sleek leather briefcase. (Don Draper from Mad Men being an obvious example) The audience is already aware that the character is a power player even before they open their mouth because of the briefcase’s magnetism.

Despite the fact that leather apparel and accessories have been around forever, they never seem to lose prominence in fashion and popular culture. Like the material itself, its celebrity only seems to be getting stronger with time!