Hot-Weather Leather

PRODUCT Summer clothes made of light-weight leather

HOW IT STARTED Leather-manufacturing technology allowed the development of lighter materials

JUDGMENT CALL Cool. But watch out for those prices

Despite the rising cost of leather, an upshot of the mad-cow and foot-and-mouth scares, the fashionable skins are hotter than ever--even in hot weather. Thanks to tanning advancements, heavy winter hides are giving way to summer textures that are as light as cotton, soft as silk and so versatile that designers are treating leather like fabric. Some leather can now be washed, and most summer hides are treated to prevent staining from perspiration or...

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