There's so much to love about leather. Not least that it simply gets better the older it gets. Wear is simply character. Here are four of our favourite labels foregrounding leather right now.
An American classic. For more than 140 years G.H. Bass and Co have specialised in the finest, most rugged footwear, made without compromise to last and last - and always using the best leathers available. The company began with a focus on workwear. Today G.H.Bass and Co's note-perfect loafers stand true to that tradition, developed over decades to add casual sophistication and style to any occasion. An essential - and unexpectedly rugged - addition to your footwear collection.
Subtle and simple, JAK's hand-made leather sneakers form a proud part of the burgeoning slow fashion movement which spurns year on year seasonality. Founded in 2014 by Isabel and José Mariam, this Lisbon-based brand hand-selects the leathers used for every pair of sought-after JAK footwear. Full grain leather, the highest quality available, is often used. Manufacture is in factories with a long tradition of shoemaking in northern Portugal, while style is beyond trend and without ornament, designed to last your lifetime.
Where to go for the finest jewellery wallets? Easy: one of London's finest men's jewellery brands. Alex Orso specialises in detailed, understated masculine pieces, and every Alex Orso jewellery wallet is true to that ethos. Premium Italian leather, vegetable dyed, is used for the construction of each wallet and every one is fully lined in suede. Inside there is room for cuff links, chains or pedants. Supremely elegant and the perfect complement to your jewellery collection.
Niklas and Mattis Oppermann founded Carl Friedrik in 2012 with a very particular vision: to make a singular range of full grain leather briefcases, backpacks and weekend bags. These are pieces that simply get better with the passing of time. Construction is designed to withstand the toughest demands of day to day urban life, while the design is Scandinavian inspired, with all the essentials at its centre rather than any superfluous detailing. Simply flawless.
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