Maestley has the equivalent texture and richness of natural leather

Maestley has the equivalent texture and richness of natural leather

Teijin Cordley, the manmade leather business of Japanese textile and fibre firm Teijin Group, has developed a new high-grade natural leather substitute for products such as high-end shoes and bags.

The new product, called Maestley, is said to have the equivalent texture and richness of natural leather, with sales of the material to begin this spring.

Teijin Cordley said it developed Maestley through innovative developments in fibre selection, non-woven structures, material density and lamination methods. The company hopes to expand its series of Maestley products by adopting natural leather processing procedures in collaboration with Japanese tanners.

"Prices for high-grade natural leathers like calf and kip are rapidly increasing in line with rising demand, while supplies in developed countries are decreasing," the company explains. "New man-made leather products with superior texture and other attributes are being developed to meet such demand."

Teijin Cordley said it will expand the Maestley line by leveraging the company's advanced man-made leather production technologies for high-end shoes and bags to improve comfort and durability as well as breathability and moisture permeability. 

Last month, Teijin Group revealed plans for a 10% boost production of its Technora para-aramid fibre, which is used in protective clothing. 

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