Trends must be predicted taking into account possible drastic changes. Fashion consumers are becoming more aware of the environment. They prefer eco-friendly materials, the rational use of resources, the reduction of pollutant emissions, increased social commitment and fair treatment of employees in production plants.
The presence of a large number of industrial operators has increased competition for a larger share of the market share of this lucrative industry. On the demand side, consumers are quickly turning to new models and innovative leather offerings to adapt to changing fashion trends. The increase in the BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) is another factor to consider. Its dominant position in the labor-intensive textile and leather industry makes it difficult for other countries to reach.
Due to strong demand, the leather goods sector is growing. The sector is expected to grow by 3.4% over the next five years to reach $ 91.2 billion by 2018.
The softest and most luxurious leather comes from the skin of newborn calves or even to be born. The purchase of this leather is unethical. Although it is a very durable and flexible material, the process of leather tanning is extremely toxic. This is especially the chrome tanning, in which the carcinogenic chromium (VI) is pumped into the groundwater.
In many countries, the quality standards are very high. Leather manufacturers are trying to produce more sustainable products by banning dyes and harmful chemicals. Unfortunately, few customers are willing to pay more for these “greener” products. Renowned seamstress Stella McCartney, who uses eco-friendly materials for her shoes and handbags, is a pioneer in this trend.
Innovations in luggage and leather goods with new technologies and design are the driving force of the industry. LVMH Moët Hennessy, Louis Vuitton SA, Coach, Inc., Kering SA, Prada S.p.A and Hermes International SCA are among the leading manufacturers in the luggage and leather goods industries.
Professors at the Department of Chemistry at the University of Delaware are developing eco-friendly leather for shoes, handbags, and other fashion accessories. Richard Wool, director of the University of Delaware, said at the 17th annual Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference in Bethesda: “We usually use extremely complex materials for the aerospace industry and we use them to make portable products consumers can consume that a much better design would be the original design of an animal, completely green and durable. “