Tanneries unashamedly assume the luxury status of their leather, occasionally with a zest of ostentation. Conceria Superior applies to a bluish calf a golden finish, toned down by a hand-applied satin shine and pleating of the skin. The uniformity of the gold finish on calf leather from Russodi Cassandrinosuggests a film transfer. Rial 1957combines a film transfer that provides shine with digital inkjet printing to decorate a lamb leather. Transfers appear once again for the half bovine leather from Conceria Martini Pio, giving a sparkly, almost disco finish. More nuanced, but just as effective is the python laminated with an iridescent film from Conceria Centrorettili.
Leather, a material pushing innovation