Leather is predominantly used commercially in the apparel and fashion industry, marketed as jackets, coats, trousers, shoes, belts, bags and handbags. Furthermore, leather is also used in motorcycle and protective clothing. A further important area of application is the furniture industry, where leather is used for upholstering furnishings, couches, etc., while it is used for covering (soccer) balls and other equipment in sports.

A growing area of application for leather is the automotive sector. Here, the material is used for vehicle interior trim or cladding steering wheels and particularly for leather seats.

There are numerous very different leather-processing skilled crafts including bag makers and fine bag makers, furriers, strap makers, saddlers and fine saddlers, leather quilters and shoemakers.

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