All About Leather

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Nicolas Ghesquiére’s debut collection for Louis Vuitton in Paris last week has launched a love affair with leather for Fall 2014.  In A Dozen Girls,  Juergen Teller captures both the inspiration and the artistry behind Ghesquiére’s FW14 collection for Louis Vuitton.  Ghesquiére himself calls his team, “the best in the world” in terms of their knowledge and workmanship and Nicole Phelps of Style.com claims that outside of Ghesquiére’s collection, “You won’t find a more luxurious coat than the black crocodile … or a jacket as well made as the one he patchworked in different colored leathers.”  How do designers begin working with leather?  The University of Fashion has created a series of videos dedicated to working with leather to answer that question.  Read on…

Leather: Sorting & Cutting

Leather: Sorting & Cutting

Working with leather begins with learning about leather as a material and determining how to choose skins based on the size and shape of the pattern pieces that make up the garment you are constructing.  Because ordering three yards of a gorgeous leather is not an option, designers must think ahead when designing in leather.  Take a look at our first video Leather: Sorting & Cutting above for more on how to select leather for your design.

Leather: Interfacing & Stabilizing Seams

Leather: Interfacing & Stabilizing Seams

Preparing leather for sewing is another important skill to learn when working with leather.  Because leather is an expensive material, properly prepping your leather before sewing will save you time and money – not to mention, ensure you create a professional looking garment.  Watch Leather: Interfacing & Stabilizing Seams to make sure you are ready to sew your leather pieces.

Leather Sewing Techniques - part 1

Leather Sewing Techniques – Part 1

Leather Sewing Techniques - part 2

Leather Sewing Techniques – Part 2

Leather Sewing Techniques - Part 3

Leather Sewing Techniques – Part 3

Leather Sewing Techniques - Part 4

Leather Sewing Techniques – Part 4

In our 4-part leather sewing series, you will have the opportunity to watch our master leather craftsman demonstrate the tricks of the trade when sewing and pressing a leather garment.  And last, but certainly not least, we are thrilled to introduce Mitch Alfus a.k.a. “The Leather King” of the world renowned Libra Leather in our newest video Leather Tanning to Types.  What is your experience working with leather and what more would you like to know?  Tell us in the comments section below!

Mitch Alfus Explains Leather Tanning

Mitch Alfus Explains Leather Tanning

Tech Pack - Leather Jacket
Tech Pack – Leather Jacket
Product Development
Jacket Flat Drawing
Jacket Flat Drawing
Product Development

 

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Kara Laricks is a regular contributor to the University of Fashion. She’s also a New York based women's wear and accessories designer. As the first winner of NBC's Fashion Star, Kara has designed collections for H&M, Macy's and Saks Fifth Avenue. Her masculine meets feminine line, Kara Laricks, debuted at New York Fashion Week in 2012 and her S/S 2013 collection sold exclusively at Saks Fifth Avenue. Kara's designs have been featured on the Today Show and HBO's True Blood as well as covered in Women's Wear Daily and on Style.com. Kara holds Master's degrees in both Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Kansas and in Fashion Design from the Academy of Art in San Francisco. An educator turned designer, Kara is dedicated to supporting emerging designers and inspiring others to follow where dreams lead.