Live in Leather This Spring

If you think that the sun’s more frequent appearances mean that you have to pack away your leather pieces, think again. Lightweight leather is in for spring and not just in the expected places like a wallet or a handbag. Kansas City artisans have really tuned in to the leather in our cowtown, so you can look chic and shop local at the same time.

In the Bag
Of course, leather handbags are de rigueur for any season. Emily Bordner’s leather crossbody bag lightens things up with lightweight leather that easily cleans with a soft cloth. The simple flap design pairs well with any outfit and keeps you hands-free. Crossbody bag in camel or black, $84; available at EB&Co (Brookside).

Tied Up with A Bow
Bow ties will always be in style, but a leather bow tie takes it to the next level. Sporting contrast stitching, Red Hare Leather’s bow ties are available in adult or children’s sizes in a variety of colors. What an edgy Easter it will be with matching father/son leather bow ties! Leather bow ties, $20-$22, at redhareleather.com.

Sweet Kicks
Leather shoes are common. These high tops are standouts. The Horween natural Essex leather is vegetable tanned and will develop a rich patina over time. With a foam comfort footbed and Horween tobacco Casco horsehide lining, these take your Chuck Taylor silhouette to a whole new level. Rancourt Court Classic 2.0, $295, available at Foxtrot Supply Co. (Crossroads).

Chic Shirt
Leather pants may be in the purview of the rock star, but leather shirts scream modern chic. With a boxy cut and elbow-length sleeves, this muted evergreen top in buttery leather would be perfectly paired with sleek cigarette pants. Equipment Abdelle leather tee in cilantro, $450; available at Halls Kansas City (Crown Center).