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Hides, Leather Goods and Leather Apparels

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Leather has re-emerged as a top fashion trend in recent years both on Canadian runways and retail shelves. Renowned for its softness, durability and luxury image, leather-made apparel and accessories have moved beyond the classic items of jackets, belts and gloves to include everything from pants, to dress shirts, to mixed fabric designs with leather accents. Canada’s domestic leather manufacturers reported their highest sales in five years in 2013 reaching a total of $430.7 million. In addition, Canada imported $98.3 million in leather hides this same year. Canadian imports of finished leather goods and apparel increased significantly from 2009 to 2013 to reach $303 million and $267 million respectively. Top products included leather handbags ($163 million), clothing ($90 million), gloves ($111 million), and sporting goods ($71 million). Italy remains a top leather supplier for luxury retailers, while China has emerged as a low-cost alternative. Strong opportunities exist for exporters from other countries, with recent gains by Vietnam, Indonesia and Colombia seen in this market.

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