The Origins Of Suede

- Nov 24, 2018-

Amazingly, animal hides have been used to create clothing and household items from as far back as the Paleolithic era, so leather has a long and cultured history. A dramatic change came about during the Industrial Revolution, where new kinds of tanning chemicals were available which were vital to the creation of leather.

During the 20th century, Suede became much more popular in the fashion industry and was considered a symbol of status, due to its delicate and luxurious nature. Suede is incredibly versatile – the fluid characteristic of the fabric meant it became a favourite for high fashion designers such as Paquin, Givenchy and Hermes for the catwalks. In fact, even to this day designers work with tanneries to create totally unique leather for their collections.

The term ‘suede’ actually originates from France, where the phrase ‘gants de Suede’ – roughly translating to ‘gloves from Sweden’ – was used to refer to a specific type of very soft gloves which were imported from Sweden. Eventually the phrase began to refer to any type of leather based material with a napped finish.