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HOLD SUEDE: THIS SEASON'S MOST IMPORTANT FABRIC

08.03.16

Make no mistake about it suede is here to stay. Having successfully repositioned itself from something synonymous with bad upholstery, the buttery soft fabric is currently making a play for men's wardrobes and the case couldn't be more appealing. Why does suede hold so much sway when it comes to men's style and what are the pieces you should invest in? Read on to find out.

WHAT IS SUEDE

Suede has a reputation for being a luxurious (and subsequently expensive fabric) and has been lending its uniquely appealing texture to clothing since around the mid 17th century.

Technically a leather derivative, suede is leather its natural form. By removing leather's top grain (the outward facing tougher part you're probably most familiar with) a soft, strokable nap is revealed, and thus suede is born.

Historically, as suede is more difficult to produce than mother nature's first attempt at leather, it has long held status as a sophisticated (and impractical) cousin of leather in menswear.

WHY WEAR SUEDE NOW

Those who get caught up in suede's delicate nature ignore the appeal of this fabric which has stuck around for centuries - it feels just as good to wear as it does to look at. Wise to this fact, for this season we've invested in making leather work across a range of pieces to diverse effect.

Take for example the Sebastian jacket which takes a much-loved use of leather and offers a more streamlined take, or the Bolton backpack which uses just an accent for textural interest. However you wear yours, make sure that your wardrobe includes suede this season.