Young crafters rediscover leather as an inspiring, natural and versatile material

Main Reaction - The TFL Blog | February 2020

"Leather is old-fashioned"... and some other myths

Myths are easily created, especially around things that are so familiar that people tend believe they know all about it. But more often than not, those myths are leading us in a completely false direction. Let’s have a closer look at some leather myths, because we believe that with leather you are always on the right track.

"Leather is too hot in summer"

Leather as such isn’t hot or cold, it assumes the body temperature. However, black leather like any other black material will absorb the sunlight more than bright shades and thus heat up. TFL has the answer to that problem: TFL COOL TEC – a system designed to make black leather absorb less sunlight and therefore stay cooler even in swelteringly hot temperatures. Increasing comfort and durability.

"Leather goes brittle with age and loses attractiveness"

On the contrary, leather is among the most durable and long-lasting materials there is, which also makes it a sustainable product. It is true that, being a natural product, leather will change its appearance to some extent. This however reinforces its individual character making it more enticing and interesting.

"Leather is old-fashioned."

Throughout the fashion world leather has firmly established. However, it is so much more than just a classic. Every year fashion designers create new trendy and innovative leather articles that make leather play in irreplaceable role in Haute Couture.

"Leather is difficult to clean and maintain"

If treated correctly with leather care products, your leather will stay impeccable for a very long period of time. Today’s leathers are manufactured in a way that makes them easy to clean and stains are removed in a trice. TFL’s Anti-soiling products can help you there.

"Leather production is harmful for the environment"

The leather industry has responded to different environmental challenges and improved its products and processes. Innovations, interest groups and intiatives address just that issues. TFL itself has been the pioneer of chromium-free leather technology for the automotive industry since 1990.

"Leather has no considerable advantages compared to other textiles"

Leather is a natural product. It’s sustainable, durable and long-lasting. It offers a high tear resistance, it absorbs humidity easily, it’s temperature and age resistant and heat-insulating. Furthermore, it offers breathability and another major advantage is its low flammability.

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Main Reaction - The TFL Blog | December 2019

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Main Reaction - The TFL Blog | December 2019

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Main Reaction - The TFL Blog | October 2019

Everywhere to be found

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Main Reaction - The TFL Blog | September 2019

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Main Reaction - The TFL Blog | August 2019

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Main Reaction - The TFL Blog | July 2019

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Main Reaction - The TFL Blog | June 2019

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Main Reaction - The TFL Blog | June 2019

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Main Reaction - The TFL Blog | May 2019

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Main Reaction - The TFL Blog | May 2019

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Main Reaction - The TFL Blog | May 2019

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Main Reaction - The TFL Blog | May 2019

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