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The Leather Myth

Fashion is a way of life for us all, there is no way we can escape it. It’s grasp extends into law and identity, constructing the fabric of society we function in. Representing hierarchy and personal history. Our individual wardrobes create a person’s identity within the environment they operate in. Clothing is our agent of perspective, a second shell rooting us in narrative and reputation.


And yet we’d put it all on the line, just for a piece of leather.


As winter comes around again many of us will wrap up our backs and hands in the stuff, tons of it. A visual of eloquence in photographs will be projected to the world. But it’s not what it seems, that touch of “luxury” is really sponsorship behind chemicals and poverty. Leather is saturated in biocides and sodium sulphate that rubs off on the skin that wears it, nowhere else. Pores become blocked with carcinogens which the blood stream absorbs top pump the heart. We’ll spend months defending ourselves from the elements using a canvas of stollen skin, stripped from its host by torture and starvation, on mass.


But no pain no gain right?


Each and every piece of leather, no matter how we carry it on our own skin, it’s a jigsaw piece this world of corporatised murder, now at a generational level.


It’s the done thing, accept it. 


But what if the debate has already drawn to a close and a movement of change is already happening? If you’re buying it now, you’re already unfashionable. Change in the leather industry is becoming as raw as the development is for alternative products themselves.


Beatrice Bayliss doesn’t stand alone either, we’re Earth loving consumers ourselves and our contributor jigsaw piece, the Andrea marks the beginning. 


At Beatrice Bayliss we understand the trajectory that society is on towards healthier choices. So, we’ve started our alternative leather products right at the very start, with the letter A. 

By Sophia Bayliss

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