Leather Goods and Accessories Leather goods and accessories add a high quality, classy and striking look to the attire. Whether used on casual basis or on any formal occasion leather products are always making a long lasting impression of one’s personality that is enduring. There are numerous goods and accessories that are having leather as a fundamental or key material. On frequent basis the leather based accessories are used on corporate level along with as business or formal gifts and so on. Market Trends Statistics from China's Manzhouli Customs show that in the first quarter of this year, the total value of leather products exported from this port was 4.761 million U.S. dollars, about 3.48 times of the same period of last year. With the structural adjustment of China's leather industry, there is a certain number of regional distribution is relatively concentrated and large-scale leather products manufacturing enterprises. Its advanced production technology, made of the product quality is very good. While Russia is located at high latitudes. Zhang Shuhua, chairman of China Leather Association, briefed Xinhua News Agency reporters. After more than 20 years of development, the scale of China's leather industry has jumped to the top of the world. Last year, although the industrial output value of enterprises above the designated size in the leather, fur and products industry increased by 20% over the same period of last year, the growth rate dropped by 6% over the previous year; the total profit and taxation reached 25.8 billion yuan, up 20% over the previous year and the increase decreased by 17%. ??Experts believe that the reason why the growth rate of China's leather industry slowed down, mainly related to the reduction of exports of leather products. At present, the export delivery value of the enterprises above designated size in China's leather, fur and products industry accounts for 48% of the total output value, while the export of most leather products is declining in recent years. Taking the leather garments and fur and products industries as an example, a series of data show that the current export is facing a severe situation. ??It can be seen that the export of leather garments in our country hit the best level in history in 2003 and has been on a downward trend since 2004, and the decline rate has slowed down this year. The fur and products industry is also roughly the case. In 2005, the export volume hit the highest level in history. Last year saw the first significant and significant drop in exports in the past 10 years and the decrease in the rate of decline slowed down this year. In contrast, the warming of domestic consumer markets eased some pressure on the leather industry, which has a high export share. Last year, China's leather, fur and products imported 4.9 billion U.S. dollars, an increase of 19% over the previous year, an increase of 13 percentage points over the previous year. In recent years, China's leather garment industry imports maintained a rapid growth trend, this year to further accelerate the rate of increase. Market Leaders The trend of leather market has spread all across the globe with a huge number of brands getting recognized on global level. Few well known and recognized brands are including “MAKR, WANT Les Essentiels de la Vie, Mismo, Dunhill, Troubadour Goods, River Island, JafferJees, Oxford, Brogue, Derby, Monk, Strap, Slip On, Ruosh, Pavers England, Clarks, Provogue, Red Tape, Hidesign, Kenneth Cole NY, Steve Madden, Lee Cooper, Bata, Hush Puppies, Florsheim” and many other across the globe. The leather industry in China, with nearly 2 million industry forces, is an export earning type industry with export value at the forefront of the light industry with an annual earning of up to 9.8 billion U.S. dollars. After half a century of development, our country has entered the ranks of the world's largest leather producer, and why the competition in the market in China's leather industry's record is always unsatisfactory? Leather industry, some experts told the author, the leather quality, China's high-end products are not inferior to foreign countries, but the Chinese leather industry in the quality of raw hides, the grasp of the trend, the choice of leather patterns and colour, but with foreign products pulled down a large distance. With the large-scale foreign leather products entering the Chinese market, domestic leather prices in addition to play a weak leverage, the competition has obviously at a disadvantage. Analyse the deep roots of its existence, the industry believes that is in the development of China's leather industry, a series of serious constraints on the development of the leather industry The problem: poor quality of raw leather skin products lead to difficult grade. During the Ninth Five-year Plan period, the state invested a great deal in agriculture and animal husbandry, which brought about the development of animal husbandry in our country. The quantity of raw hides and skins needed in the leather industry increased rapidly, which provided vast hides and skins resources for the leather industry in our country. However, Skin collection and preservation and transaction management process and other factors, resulting in a long time raw material backlog, cortical decline, so that the quality of raw material skin has not been fundamentally improved. Consumer Behaviour Trends There are several features which tend to affect the overall consumer behaviour in the associated leather goods and accessories market. These have been enumerated as follows. Poor colour fastness characteristics. It is very important to wash these kinds of garments, so it is necessary to master the fastness of leather accessories dyeing. Most leather accessories are smooth leather and suede leather, matte leather, metal pearl leather as raw material, after fine processing. Leather material dyeing process and the use of dyes, finishing dyes, and textile fabrics are very different. Therefore, the fastness of leather dyeing are generally lower than the fastness of textiles. Among them, most smooth leather is finish leather, finishing agent contains a variety of resin materials, play a role in the fixed and bright. Therefore, the colour fastness of leather accessories is relatively better. The colour fastness most of the dyed leather is poor, dry cleaners practitioners should focus on this point to prevent washing accidents. ??The leather accessories combination of features. According to the design of a variety of clothing styles, colours, with the needs of different structures, leather decorative accessories are not the same size. Generally can be divided into a larger area of leather decorative accessories and a smaller area of leather decorative accessories. Larger area of leather accessories mostly clothing collar front and back, shoulder, elbow, flap, jeans series and trademarks. Smaller area of leather accessories for clothing, trim, piping, leather weaving, pocket along the mouth, zipper teeth mouth, zipper head, leather buckle and so on. ??The textile fabrics and leather colour contrast characteristics. Such types of garments have many kinds of textile fabrics. For example, cotton, wool, silk, hemp, all kinds of chemical fibre, new type of textile fibre, blended fabric and colour fastness are the most important types of garments. In addition, China's leather dyeing, colour fastness standards and foreign implementation standards are very different. Foreign emphasis is on the bright colour, soft natural lustre, feel the same soft silk, breathable, and cannot contain chemical pests, environmental health indicators are very high, not pay attention to colour fastness. For example, the top international brands Zegna, Armani, France, Jess Louis, Louis Vuitton and so on, they carefully selected fine quality sheepskin, leather, suede, snakeskin, python, fish skin, ostrich skin, etc. , Made into a variety of accessories and decorations, but most of the colour fastness, are very bad. Whether using dry cleaning or washing, what kind of cleaning agents, fur accessories fade are very serious, and this is particularly important. And relative to the colour fastness of leather accessories is better, but we cannot be taken lightly. At the same time such clothing, most of the colour selection of leather accessories and fabric colour contrast is very large. For example: white, light beige fabric, with black, dark brown leather decorative accessories, grey, brown, fabric, with dark brown, black leather decorative accessories, red fabric, with black, brown leather accessories. In particular, all kinds of light-colour, bright colour cashmere, sweaters, accompanied by black, brown, dark green leather decorative accessories. Therefore, such clothing fabric and leather accessories colour contrast is very large. Future Prospects There is a huge variety and range of Leather products and accessories which is adding a lavish style to the couture by the exotic color schemes and the striking and eye catchy styles of product that none of the other material could be offering. Therefore, with the massive revolution in the fashion industry we are expecting much more brands coming up in competition with the already existing ones. As there is a wide variety of leather goods and accessories, we cannot say that leather seems to be fading in the upcoming days. Though few products could be altered, redesigned or used for different purposes yet leather is still retaining its position in the future.