Bonded Leather – A Counterpart to Real Leather, Finding Immense Traction across Furnishing Sector

Since long, products made of leather have enticed a large number of customers due to their luxurious, shiny, and smooth surface. Over the years leather use in the manufacturing of footwear, clothing, bags & wallets, automotive seats, and furniture upholstery has considerably surged.

However, the extravagant cost of real leather has always remained as a primary obstacle, discouraging the customer to gratify their desires. Besides this, focus on animal cruelty is swaying consumers away from actual leather with faux counterparts.

As a result of shifting consumer choice, the market now has abundance of cost-effective and leather-alike counterparts such as bonded leather, polyurethane (PU) leather, synthetic leather, and others.

Among aforementioned leather alternatives, bonded leather has gained immense popularity across consumer goods sector, especially, in the manufacturing of furniture upholstery for sofas, lounge chairs, ottomans, couches, sectionals, headboards, and others. This leather is made using finely shredded natural leather, thus, it offers the exact same leathery look, texture, feel, and smell that of real leather at a relatively lower price.

Several furniture manufacturing companies are adopting bonded leather for the upholstery of their furniture to offer the same luxurious look of leather furniture at a lower price. For instance, Abbyson Living, a leading furniture manufacturing company based in the U.S., has recently launched club chairs, sofas, beds, convertible sofas, euro loungers, and couches.

Also, the amount of natural leather used in bonded leathers can be customized as per the functional and aesthetic requirements of the finished product, ranging from 10% to 90%. The material can also be made in any color and stamped with any texture, offering a near-endless amount of options for end use applications. On account of these attributes, bonded leathers are carving niche in laptop cases, jackets, skirts, shoes, and phone covers manufacturing.

In addition to this, fashion trends in North America, Europe, and Asia, coupled with the entry of leading apparel and footwear companies as a part of their global expansion strategy, has resulted in improved availability of bonded leathers.

To address the increasing demand for leather-alternative-made products, leading manufacturers are increasingly focusing on expanding their product portfolio. For instance, Cromwell Leather Co., a leather manufacturing company,  extended its product portfolio by adding three finest bonded leather products naming, Eurobond®, Excel-Tan®, Taratan II® with decorated foil stamping and embossing to address the increasing demand from luxury packaging.

Driven by these developments and a slew of new product launches, the sales for bonded leather will increase in the coming.

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