Apparition

APPARITION by ECCO Leather

The first lasting soft and transparent cow-skin leather


The quest for transparent leather has long eluded both tanners and designers. Whilst transparency was previously possible with the significantly smaller hides of goats and sheep, and while some designers made some concepts in the past with these hides, there was one big problem: while you could see through it, the leather was hard like parchment.

Imagining the unimaginable


The technique of keeping the leather soft, is obviously a trade secret. It came out of the challenge of rethinking leather aesthetics in terms of both visual and touch properties. We asked ourselves: ‘What would be the Holy Grail of leather?’ I would say it would be creating a futuristic material that still maintains the properties that we know, love, and require from leather. So the aim became translucent leather.
Apparition on the runway. Images credits to HELMUT LANG – Paris FW SS20 | RICK OWENS – Paris SS19 and OFF WHITE Paris FW18
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