Last season we were mesmerized by the Leather Japan presentation at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week which featured primarily leather fashion and accessories, with the electric sounds of Turtle Island. The fusion of fashion, accessories and music were a welcome diversion from the traditional presentations of most fashion shows. This season for Fall 2014, the Japan Leather Goods Development Committee opted for a more expansive and lengthier gallery exhibit at the Thomas Erben Gallery. In addition to leather jackets, shoes and accessories, the gallery allowed for a broader range of leather goods to present by Japanese artists.
For this special exhibition, 9 fashion designers from Japan and new contemporary artists from Japan and abroad have created original pieces using Japanese Leather. The exhibition is a valuable chance to experience the long-accumulated, historic flow of the culture of leather within the Japanese cultural climate, from the Edo Period to the modern day.
Take a look at photos shot from opening night of Leather Japan 2014, or better yet visit Thomas Erben Gallery: 526 West 26th Street, Floor 4, New York, NY 10001 www.thomaserben.com End this Saturday, February, 22, 2014.