“Leather has turned from a comfortable pillar for ultra-luxury winter collections into a very light fabric for spring-summer ones”. The Financial Times cannot understand the quantity of leather found in the 2019 spring-summer catalogs: “And not only those of brands that boast a leather heritage, such as Tod’s, Gucci, Ferragamo and Loewe – the article continues -, but in a wider range”. And that is possible thanks to the processing techniques that give the material, from suede to nappa, softness, finishes and lightness that were impossible before. To achieve the goals, the Financial Times explains, brands work “more and more closely with tanneries that are their suppliers, especially Italian ones”. Ian Griffith, creative director at MaxMara, acknowledges great merits to tricoloured drums: “The Italian technical skills of working leather are the best,” he says. “I admire artisans who combine new technologies with centuries-old manufacturing methods”.
Space for leather in the British press isn’t over. For the beginning of the article, the Guardian editorial team chooses satire: “If Theresa May‘s recent political style can be defined as chaotic, shortsighted and inconsistent, her look is easier to evaluate”. Yes, because the British premier is (always) very attentive to fashion: so attentive that, precisely, she became the first standard bearer of the trend of the moment, the return of gloves. The Guardian point it out: from fashion shows last fall to the recent appearances of VIPs and public figures, from luxury to fast fashion brands, gloves have won back the centre stage.