How leather is playing a big role in the fall/winter 2014 fashion season

  Leather is perfectly a versatile material, it can be dressed up and down, masculine and feminine, pretty and edgy; and used for many purposes. Its no wonder that the fashion houses around the world have made it a signature fabric in their collections. Leather plays a prominent role in several of the trend categories for the fall/winter 2014 fashion season, from the active wear designs to the bohemian chic designs, you will see leather on the runway from head to toe.

Rocker Chic

Rocker Chic

The first trend that leather is rockin’ is the punk-rock designs. This category portrays leather in a cool and edgy vibe with embossed leather gloves, motto leather jackets paired with skinny pants or distressed jeans. The rocker look is  complemented by pleated and wrap around leather A-line skirts,  and men’s leather sweaters. The color scheme is dark hues, the likes of dark denim, deep purples, burgundy and black. The punk rock trends are also accessorized with metallic studded belts and zippers that are on everything from the shoes to the shoulder bags and biker jackets.

Punk-Rock Trend

Punk-Rock Trend

The active wear trend is more sport chic with the efforts of laser cut  knee high leather shoes from Alexander McQueen and Christian Dior’s colorful  sneaker designed high heels. Balmain’s collection incorporates leather roping on his military inspired designs which creates structure and detail. The cargo pants paired with the leather bomber jackets give his collection a ‘ready for action’ look and a classic touch with the silhouette frames.

Christian Dior -Sporty heels

Christian Dior -Sporty heels

Balmain- Leather bomber jacket and cargo pants

Balmain- Leather bomber jacket and cargo pants

The active wear trend is equestrian design friendly with knee high leather boots designed both in the natural colored suede skins and in black  leather varieties. Tom Ford’s collection had a series of comfortable cowboy boots in animal prints, metallic,  reds and black leather. Chanel contributed to the active wear trend by pairing loose fitting leather shorts with baggy leather trousers and eye catching colorful sneakers. From crafty laser-cut shoes to bomber jackets and leather trousers, fitness just got fashion forward with leather.

Tom Ford's Red Leather cowboy boots

Tom Ford’s Red Leather cowboy boots

The bohemian chic trend revisits the fashions of the 60’s and 70’s with bold colors and prints on feminine silhouettes.   Furry shearling in warm hues is a key ingredient for this boho chic trend as well as Mongolian fur vests, colorful collars, and fox fur boots . Another staple is natural colored suede shoes from thigh high boots to ankle flat-forms. Suede fringed handbags and shoulder bags round out the trend.

Emillio Pucci-Pink shearling coat and thigh high boots

Emillio Pucci-Pink shearling coat and thigh high boots

In these few trends leather plays a big role, but throughout the many designers collections for this upcoming autumn/winter 2014 season you will find leather abundantly present. Leather is here to stay this season and many more to come.

United Leather's Mongolian Hides

United Leather’s Mongolian Hides

More to a shoe than the sole

What’s the one thing that everyone wears everyday? Shoes! The best quality shoes that last the longest are typically those made of leather. Since United Leather opened shop in 1986, we have catered to countless companies in the fashion industry and have been there go-to shoe leather supplier.

World's oldest leather shoe, found in Armenia Credit: Image courtesy of University College Cork

World’s oldest leather shoe, found in Armenia
Credit: Image courtesy of University College Cork

The oldest leather shoe was found in a cave in Armenia in 2008. Anthropologists have speculated that it dates to about 3,500 B.C. The design was very simple and more of a bag for the foot made from one piece of cowhide laced with a leather cord along seams in the front and back. The main purpose was to protect feet from the elements such as rock, debris and the cold.

Luckily in the past few thousand years since then the industry has evolved immensely. In fact over the years the second biggest use of leather in the United States is for the production of fashion apparel, including shoes. According to the National Shoe Retailers Association the footwear industry annual revenue rounds out each year at approximately $48 billion and the annual U.S. consumer footwear spending rounded out at $20 billion. For United Leather to be a shoe leather supplier really gets our foot in the door of this industry, literally.

men's leather shoes credit:

men’s leather shoes

Leather is used to make a variety of shoes. The earliest athletic shoes made in the early 19th century were leather with metal cleats on the sole creating friction for the athlete. Since before the cowboy era and definitely after, it seems like there is endless types of leather used to make boots. And both men’s dress shoes and women’s heals have been made out of leather since the beginning of time.

Look down at your feet right now. What are your shoes made out of? We bet it’s leather! United Leather is proud to make a contribution to an industry that so involved in the public’s life on a day-to-day basis. Being a shoe leather supplier is and will continue to be an important job of ours.

United Leather's Bomber cowhide in brown

United Leather’s Bomber cowhide in brown

Today’s Forecast Calls for Leather and Suede

Ladies!! It’s winter time and you all know what that means? Time to bundle up in this season’s cutest apparel. Winter is the prime time to break out those boots and coats that keep you extra warm. Wool is practical but leather and suede are much more fashion forward. United Leather has been a leather and suede supplier for a long time and we always make sure to keep up on the trends.

Don’t believe us? Look at all the stars donning their favorite leather and suede pieces around town. Like Reese Witherspoon, in her super cute casual outfit complete with black suede booties and a black suede purse.

Need a more night appropriate outfit to hit the town in? Take a cue from Kristen Stewart who wore this adorable leather and lace ensemble recently.

Guys are even jumping on this trend bandwagon. Look at what Halle Berry and her man wore on the streets of Paris. Halle looks fabulous as always in black leather pants and coordinating boots while Olivier looks oh so handsome in his brown suede jacket.

Style icons have also incorporated other leather and suede items into their wardrobe with dresses, skirts, pants, shoes, accessories and more! United Leather just isn’t a supplier of leather for furniture! Being a suede and leather supplier is such a fun experience. We definitely feel that in a small way we’re contributing to looks like the celebrities worn above. It’s always nice to see the finished product and how we brought a designer’s vision to life. So ladies, and gentlemen, keep your eyes open for the newest leather and suede trends and make sure to bundle up this season!

Staying Warm in New York

Do you know what we love about New York? Everything! Do you know what we don’t love about New York? How cold it is! Unlike our headquarter in Los Angeles, New York City has seen freezing cold temperatures that just don’t go with our tans. But there is one plus, wearing leather to keep warm. United Leather has been involved in leather hide wholesale in the city that never sleeps for quite some time now and we’re glad to help natives stay warm walking to work or just around the city.

People have been using leather hide to keep warm since the caveman era, the only difference is we’re probably a little more stylish than our nomadic ancestors. In fact, a big trend in New York Fashion week, which happened just a few weeks ago, was leather. The most famous designers in the world showed us that we could keep warm with more than just leather boots and gloves. Leather hide has transformed into pants, dresses, coats, tops and skirts that women were drooling over while sitting in the audience.

Picture 3 Staying Warm in New York

United Leather loves this time of year being involved in leather hide wholesale, especially in New York City. And while spring is just around the corner we’re going to make sure to enjoy the cold, or enjoy it in short periods of time. Los Angeles is where are roots are but New York is where we run off to every chance we can get, for business and pleasure.

Lounge in the Leather Couch of Your Dreams

The couch is a staple furniture piece in any home. So when it comes time to choosing the perfect one, there are tons of options out there. The different color, style, shape and size combinations make it seem like the choices are never ending. But one of the most important decisions is what material you want your couch to be made from, and this to us is a no brainer. United Leather has been an upholstery leather supplier in Los Angeles for a long time and the benefits of buying a leather sofa are unparalleled.

The Look

Leather screams elegance and sophistication. Back in the day, way back that is, this fabric was the sign of wealth. In these modern times, luckily, leather has become much more affordable to all types of customers. Why not furnish your home with a piece that looks like it cost a fortune but didn’t.

The Test of Time

Purchasing a leather sofa for your home is a wise decision because it can withstand practically anything and everything. Are you worried about the damage of your adorable rambunctious kids and loveable pesky pets? Don’t be! Leather upholstery is incredibly tough. If your little ones spill a little of their milk or juice a wet cloth can clean it right up, leaving no indication there was ever an accident. Trust us, if you buy a leather sofa you won’t need to replace it for quite some time.

The Comfiest

A leather sofa will adjust to fit the shape of your body better than any other couch. You definitely won’t feel like your furniture has swallowed you. And believe it or not, leather gets comfier over time. As it material ages is gets softer (and more snuggle friendly). Leather also adjusts for each season. In the winter it retains your body heat and will add to your natural warmth. And for Los Angeles residents that don’t experience a winter, the fabric breathes so you don’t overheat in the summer. Perfect for all year round lounging!

So you can see there’s really no reason not to purchase a leather couch. United Leather is one of Los Angeles’ premiere leather upholstery suppliers. We love knowing that our material is something you and your family can cherish for a long time. Your leather couch will be there through birthdays, graduations, children and other monumental occasions. Go get the leather couch of your dreams now!

Using Cow Hides for Upholstery

As a leather supplier in Los Angeles we get asked a lot, “What kind of leather is best to use for upholstery?” It’s a good question since United Leather carries different types of leather including lamb skin, suede, hair on hide and exotics. But when furniture companies come to us for leather supplies we suggest choosing from our collection of cow hides.

Why cow hides? Well they’re the most durable and long lasting. It can withstand kids, spills, pets and anything else you may throw at it. It’s also soft and comfortable making it the ideal material choice.

So exactly how many choices do companies have? Well our 4 million square foot Los Angeles warehouse has over 2,000 finished cow hides at any given time. One of our most popular includes the Atlas (left) cow hide leather. It’s the perfect option for a large sectional or any type of sofa for that matter. It comes in 12 fairly neutral toned colors making it perfect for furniture. For the more festive furniture designer though, the Mississippi or Monte Carlo line would be where you’d most likely select from. The Monte Carlo line has some very vibrant colors that your perspective buyers would love!

Picture 5 Using Cow Hides for Upholstery

Whatever your style may be as a furniture designer United Leather can cater to you. We are Los Angeles’ best upholstery leather supplier with more options than any other company. Can’t come to LA? Not a problem. United Leather also has offices in New York, Italy and Uruguay. For more information on any of our leathers contact us today!

Tips On Purchasing Leather For Interior Design From Los Angeles/New York Suppliers

There are a few things Interior Designers should consider when purchasing leather from Los Angeles and New York Suppliers. When designing furniture designers must consider the surface area of their design. Many people tend to lean more towards lamb because it is softer and versatile, but what many people don’t know is that we have many cowhides like the Atlas, Mississippi, and Victoria that are great leathers for Furniture. The Atlas is also very soft and it feels like butter. Cow hides are also great because the hides are larger which means one skin will cover more of the surface area; with lamb you may need more than one skin to cover that particular area. Many Los Angeles and New York Interior Designers like to use the Rodeo, Old English, and Mississippi.

Adding Prints and Texture to your designs can give your furniture a different look and also makes it visually appealing. So if you are looking to add some style to your designs United Leather in Los Angeles has a great selection of hair-on, patent, and exotics. Also not to mention our great selection of suede which can give your furniture a warm and cozy feel. So remember Interior Designers before purchasing leather from leather suppliers in Los Angeles and New York always think about price, quantity and quality.

What to look for when purchasing leather from handbag leather suppliers

What to look for when purchasing leather from handbag leather suppliers What to look for when purchasing leather from handbag leather suppliersOne thing most women can’t go without is their handbag. Whether it’s a tote, hobo, or even a smaller bag like their clutch; and of course if you are an  LA or NY girl you must have the latest handbag of the season. This is why it is important for handbag designers to know what to look for when purchasing leather from Los Angeles and New York leather suppliers.

Handbag Leather suppliers should have a wide selection of different weights, colors, and textures. If the designer is making a tote or a hobo handbag the best type of hide to purchase from United Leather is cow. Cow hides tend to be very durable and the hides are much larger, so the designer will be able to create more bags just out of one skin. If you are looking for specifics on what type of leather to get then Mississippi, Victoria, Monte Carlo, and Atlas are great to start with.

Adding novelty leathers can make your handbag trendy and fun. Laser cut, perforated and embossed leathers are trending at the moment. United Leather has a great selection of novelties and we just added about 50 more laser cuts! Also can’t forget about our Kobra (lamb) and Sting Ray these two are beautiful articles that can also make your handbags fun, trendy, and fashion forward. So remember handbag designers make sure your Los Angeles and/or New York leather suppliers are up to trend and also have a wide selection of leathers.

Easy Tips: Get More for Your Money When Purchasing Leather

The More You Buy The More You Save: If you just buy one skin the price per square foot will be much higher vs. buying a bundle. Basically the more you buy the lower the price gets per square foot.
Prior to Purchasing Leather Measure Your Patterns: Assess how much leather you will be using that way you don’t buy too much and have excess, or not buy enough and then having to go back and purchase a few more skins and paying a higher price.
Look for Larger Hides: Cow hides are much larger than lamb. They also cost less and come in different weights, and qualities. If you do decide to go with lamb look through the bundles and make sure that the surface area on the skins are large enough for your design(s).

United Leather – Your Suede Supplier in New York

While leather is made from the top layer of skin, suede is made from the inside layer of skin. This results in both a different look and feel to suede, which is softer in both look and texture, making suede an ideal choice for clothing manufacturers around the world.

For many years, suede has been used mostly as the fabric of choice for the manufacturers of women’s gloves. However, over time, suede has been incorporated in other areas of fashion as well, including purses, shoes, and even upholstery. Manufacturers who want quality suede purchase it from a suede supplier. One of the best suede suppliers in New York is United Leather.

Mark McNairy - Blue Suede shoes

Mark McNairy – Blue Suede shoes

United Leather has operated for almost thirty years, providing the best quality leather and suede hides in the industry. United Leather is one of the largest suede suppliers in the world, offering both pig and calf suede to its customers. With offices around the world in Italy, Uruguay and the United States, United Leather ships directly to customers in such far away, exotic places like China, India and Brazil.

United Leather, as both a leather and suede wholesale supplier, is a one-stop shop for many clothing, fashion and furniture designers. United Leather is a direct source for purchasing leather and suede, which cuts out the cost and interference of a middle man. United Leather can also accommodate bulk orders of either leather or suede, which in turn guarantees you won’t have to stop or slow production because you don’t have the materials on hand that you need to continue.

As the number one suede supplier in New York, United Leather has the supply to meet whatever demand you have. Visit to learn more about the many types of suede and leather United Leather has available. With a stellar reputation, United Leather is your New York suede supplier.

United Leather's  Calf Suede -Honey

United Leather’s Calf Suede -Honey