TFL Colour Trends Autumn-Winter 2022-23

Welcome to TFL’s new Colour Trend Catalogue for the season Autumn-Winter 2022-23. In this brochure we present the colour trends for leather garment, footwear, accessories and upholstery.


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How we buy clothes and accessories has changed. The trendfocuses increasingly more on an experience that blends the realand virtual worlds with new services so we can rediscover the joyof finding new things. Greater attention to quality is imperativeto this “nouvelle vogue”; we buy less and are more discerning,choosing timeless products made with premium materials.

Everyone loves the revival of the beloved brushed-off leatherwith amber nuances created with coloured brush-off waxes thatcombine with the craftsmanship of skilled artisans to sculpt ultrafineembossed faux grain on softly impregnated calfskins.

The brushed-off of the future will be even softer with a velvetyglove-like handle and its thickness will drastically change fromthe usual 1.4 / 1.6 to 1.1 / 1.2. This means enhanced comfortand so much more versatility when modelling designs that thehands of skilled leather craftsmen can transform it into draperyreminiscent of marble sculptures.

Personalisation will be another factor when deciding what to buyand how to wear it so the preference is for whole calfskins orvegetable-tanned sheepskin and goatskin with subtle grain thatcan be easily hot stamped with innovative new micro-designedrollers and paper aids for an extra glossy finish or even time-honouredglazing or plain glazing.

Pivotal models for the upcoming collections will be ankle bootswith a pointed toe and heels that look more like architecturalmasterpieces, together with aerodynamic, light slip-on or lace-upmoccasins crafted from soft, high-gloss leathers, such as drumdyednappa, calfskin and half calf that are so well tanned andcompact that the volume of the grain is magnified and on a parwith a precious diamond.

The cosmetics industry with its vast wealth of makeup, fragrancesand skincare products guides the finisher’s hand towards moresophisticated finishes that women will love. Like “Cocoon” facecreams, they will transform into stucco-waxy prebottoms thatincrease the cutting surface while toning and compacting thegrain.

The hi-tech sartorial trend continues to look to the future, whileretaining purely cut leathers, perfectly designed shapes andaccessories with upgraded, high-performance leathers createdto blend charm with practicality. Once again they prove how thechemical and tanning industries are achieving the same levels ofperformance as the textile industry when it comes to washability,water repellency and anti-ageing treatments. More (PDF, 2.4MB)


Once again, together for new projects! After this pandemic, theTanning industry is evolving towards a sense of purity.

The soon-to-be launched leathers encapsulate a dialogue betweenthe use of water for tanning and increasingly sophisticatedchemicals from renewable sources. It is cutting its ties with liquidsolutions in favour of more coating or film solutions so we canintroduce new micro-designed, uniform and monochromatic surfacesfor the mass retail market, while also creating new nappedfinishes that can even be used on buffed leathers without dullingthe finished appearance of sofas and other furnishings.

Inspired by Japanese culture and its abiding love of naturalmaterials and the traditional principle of “Monozukuri” (the artof making things), we are introducing a theme featuring bioplant-based leathers tanned with synthetic tannins, which aremore malleable with a lower specific weight and brighter colours,as the perfect solution for giving the entire Old West and classicvintage world a fresh, modernised look as it had become slightly“démodé”. We also chose embossing techniques that give buffalohides enhanced three-dimensionality and carefully used waxyprebottoms that offer a pleasurable pull-up effect for seatingmade with bovine leathers.

Interaction between the world of mechanics and the tanningindustry is vitally important once again if we are to optimise thedaily production cycle, use less energy, and enable resins, tanningagents and dyes to penetrate more quickly with less impact onthe environment. This issue is and will continue to also be a determiningfactor when steering the choices of end consumers tothe tanneries since the concept of “correctly done” is also easilyemployed in communication and marketing for the end product.One particularly sensitive challenge which looks set to persistfor a while is the ongoing debate between the chrome tanningindustry and those that choose new synthetic tanning agents. Inthis latent war it will be human experience that decides which isthe best solution based on the type of goods customers demand.To this end, chrome still comes out as the winner when we designmore planar solutions with greater density, such as table tops orarmchair frames, but when we create items for airy, soft livingareas we are more inclined to choose chrome-free or metal-freebovine leathers.

Leather would be brilliant for this in padded products and privateareas to give interiors a warmer feel and passengers a morerelaxing, comfortable way to prepare for their travel experiencewith sharp, clean colours and silky, warm handles with an innovativesurprise feature - perfumed fragrances. More (PDF, 2.4MB)

Leather article trends for the season Autumn-Winter 2022-23

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Fashion designer and leather expert Emanuele Zamponi introduces the article trends for the upcoming Autumn-Winter season.

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