Designers, fashion experts and leather technicians come together twice a year to work on colour trends for the upcoming season

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Fashion is not a joke… but in the end it is fun

Twice a year TFL releases the famous "collection of articles" based on trends and inspirations gathered and developed by a group of technicians from the different countries of our big TFL world. However, TFL is a chemical company which makes this hard work very complex.

What's behind these collections?

We, as a technical team, have a lot of aspects to consider and keep in mind.

Leather is a natural material with a lot of questions to be answered when approaching a new article.

1. Based on the hide origin we decide which final goods we would like to promote.Knowing the character of each origin of hides we already know which material to purchase from the market.

2. Our technicians from beam house, wet-end and finishing equipped with our brilliant range of chemicals and their experience find a solution for everything.

3. Soft but tight, hard but bouncy, shine or dull, milled but not loose, waxy touch but dry: these are just few technical aspects which are being discussed during the preparation of every new season. Our target is to interpret and transfer those aspects on a hide.

4. Articles can be smooth or embossed…yes embossed or impressed but which pattern? Geometrical or natural or animal? Bigger or smaller patterns? Deeper or shallow? Another knot to untie.

5. TFL, being a global company, must consider the possibities or its main customers worldwide during the development of new trends.

6. Finally, the articles are industrially compatible and processed with the same techniques which we can find from Italy to Europe to Asia or South America and all over the world.

7. If in the past the creation of a new collection was mainly a matter of effect and colours. In modern times, the global industry has given major importance to two "new" words: Sustainability & environmentfriendly.Most of the people don't know that our industry for many years has been compliant with these two words and maybe we didn't advertise this fact properly.So, in addition to colour and effect, we also add these characteristics to our articles by selecting the proper chemicals for a lower impact on the environment (like water consumption, energy saving and other many advise in the process to produce articles more "green").

Roberto, Italy

Finishing technician and fashion expert at TFL
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