The leather fashion of 1956


After centuries of being merely practical, durable and generally available, leather has now acquired a soft touch and a look to match. America's $4 billion leather industry has developed flexible leather which radially changes both its appearance and use. In-stead of hidebound blacks and tans, there are bright colors, like hot pink and orange, and even printed patterns. Fashionable pale colors have become practical through a new process which makes some leathers washable. For early spring, designers are using these skins, which wear better than their sturdy forebears, for such varied styles as shorts, slacks and turbans. 


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