One of the first products to be launched by Invista, formerly DuPont Textiles & Interiors, is a new treatment for protecting natural leather and suede garments.

DuPont Teflon leather protector is applied to hides during the tanning or finishing process and keeps stains from penetrating the leather, so liquids can be blotted up quickly and water, oil, dirt and stains can be easily wiped away.

And because the treatment is invisible, the hide maintains its odour, colour and hand, and it does not affect the suppleness, breathability or feel of the natural leather.

Teflon leather protector is already being used by tanneries in leather hubs around the world, including Italy, China, Brazil and North America for use in home furnishings.