Leather is back on the runway (again), but this time it's possible to be an animal lover and on-trend: Designers are finding ways to make leather products you can feel good about.
Hare + Hart's Jennie Engelhardt and Emily Harrison source their hides from pasture raised, grass-fed cows in Argentina. They turn this beef industry bi-product into tees, skirts, and scarves ? making leather a wardrobe staple, rather than an accent. We're particularly taken with the duo's Davis jacket, an edgy-but-sophisticated zip-up with a baseball-style hem and antique gold zippers.
Swiss accessory maker Royal Blush turns leather remnants into chunky, knotted bracelets and Alpine-inspired bags. Designer Jana Keller also uses vegetable-based leather tanners (instead of harsh chemicals), which makes for a soft, sumptuous, eco-friendly product.
Andrew Tarlow ? the owner of ultra-hip Brooklyn restaurant Marlow & Sons (and its butcher-shop spinoff, Marlow & Daughters) ? has long sourced sustainably raised meats. And his wife, Kate Huling, is giving new meaning to her husband's nose-to-tail credo: Her line of plush wallets, bags and totes makes use of the skins left over from house-butchered livestock (call 718-384-1441 to order).