Leather Designer

As a leather designer, you will be involved in designing and manufacturing of leather products by integrating design concepts with material knowledge.

What do leather designers do?

Leather Designers with expertise in fashion, designing and material knowledge are involved in design and develop of new leather products either by associating with any company , or their own.They have to design various leather products by bringing innovative ideas and aesthetic sense without losing the quality and customer expectations of the products.

What does a typical day at work involve?

  • Checked Do research and design new leather products
  • Checked Meet customers and understand their expectations
  • Checked Make changes and improve the quality of leather products ( shoes, chappals, scandals, bags etc) which are already manufactured
  • Checked Ensure the quality of leather samples and products by different quality tests
  • Checked Discuss with customers about different designs and finalise it
  • Checked Use AutoCAD, Inventor, SolidWorks and Photoshop to prepare designs
  • Checked Give directions and assist co-workers and manufactures
  • Checked Use new materials and ideas in manufacturing and designing of leather products
  • Checked Promote new designs by using social or media platforms
  • Checked Manage and coordinate with the production of designs
  • Checked Do cutting, colouring, stitching and polishing etc

How to become a Leather Designer ?

Step 1
Take any stream at the +2 level

To take up undergraduate studies in design you can choose any stream at +2 level. However if you wish to take up BTech in Leather Technology at bachelor’s level you should opt for Science stream with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics.

Step 2
Take Bachelor of Design in Leather Design/ Btech in Leather Technology

You can take up a BDes course of four year duration with specialisation in Leather design / Leather goods and accessory design offered by institutes in India (NIFT/ FDDI). If you are interested in pursuing a course in leather technology a 4 year Btech in Leather technology (CSIR-Central Leather Research Institute- Chennai) or a 3 year diploma in Leather Goods and Footwear Technology (Govt. Polytechnic, Mumbai) can be pursued. Bachelors courses which include leather designing as part of the curriculum, like BA (Hons) Leather for Fashion (University of Northampton) and BFA-Fashion designing (Pratt University) are available in universities abroad.

Note :
  • Diploma and PG Diploma courses in Leather technology and design of duration 1 to 1 ½ years are available (CSIR- CLRI)
  • There are also short duration courses in the design of specific leather accessories offered by institutes in India and abroad.
Step 3
Take Master of Design

A master’s course exclusively for leather design is not commonly available but you can take up MDes in Apparel design or Lifestyle Accessory design which include design of leather items.

Leather Design Colleges

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Requirements for Masters in Leather Design

Requirements for admission into a PG course in one of the top institutions to help you get an overall picture

India (From National Institute of Fashion Technology ,Delhi for Master’s in Design)

  • Undergraduate Degree ,BE/B.Tech in any discipline from any Institute / University recognized by law in India
  • Qualify NIFT PG Entrance exam
  • Group Discussion
  • Personal Interview

Foreign (from Institut Francais De La Mode Master of Arts , Paris, France for Master of Arts in Fashion Design - Majors in Leather Goods)

  • 3-year Bachelor's degree or equivalent in art/fashion or design
  • Portfolio (Which includes 10 to 15 pages of your work, reflecting your personal signature style)
  • Interview with the course faculty
  • a remote jury assignment or a day-long creative assignment

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Skills Required


Leather designers need to come up with new and innovative ideas when they design products including footwear,bags, sports materials etc.

Interpersonal and Communication

Leather designers need to effectively communicate with different customers to know their expectations about the product.


According to the changing trends and needs of people, leather designers need to adopt new designs or models.

Ability to work with deadlines

Designers should have the ability to complete work within a period of time according to the need of customers.


Leather designers may change their plans according to the interests of their customers and have to adopt different ideas or model from anywhere based on their needs.


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