MAKE THE FUR FLY: “Turkish leather is getting more and more fashionable,” asserted Ruken Mizrakli, president of the Turkish Leather Foundation, pointing to a 16 percent jump in sales of her own brand, which also provided the skins for a one-off capsule collection designed by Andrea Incontri and presented in Florence on Tuesday night.

 

Mizrakli noted that Turkish leather is “very light, ecologically friendly, because it uses fewer chemicals, and highly innovative, offering very shiny skin,” which resonates well with Western brands such as Ralph Lauren, Coach and Burberry.

 

“It is different,” confirmed Incontri, who applied the material to an oversized travel sack from shearling and pony skin, as well as some ready-to-wear items, which boasted playful patchwork patterns. “[The Turks] have a visceral approach to leather — it’s very simple but artisanal, I’m very curious about that, and the patchwork is a tribute to how I see this former Ottoman Empire and its culture,” he added.

 

The presentation at the Palazzo Capponi was accompanied by an exhibition of fur and leather looks done by Turkish-born designers, including Zeynep Tosum, Bora Aksu and Hakan Yildirm, better known as Hakaan.

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