There is a growing demand for customized leather patches with logos, names, unique shapes and designs. Suppliers are able to offer more tailored options made to order.
Simple, clean designs using minimal lines, shapes and geometric patterns are becoming increasingly popular for leather patches. Suppliers are adapting to this minimal trend.
Curved and irregular shapes
Leather patches are moving beyond traditional rectangular shapes to curved, arched, triangular and freeform silhouettes. Suppliers are developing the necessary equipment and processes to produce these shapes.
Embossing and debossing techniques
Embossed and debossed leather patches with raised or sunken surface designs are trending. Suppliers are incorporating more embossing machinery into their production lines.
Use of varied leather types
Suppliers are sourcing and working with a wider selection of leather types like full grain, drum dyed and nubuck to achieve unique visual effects and textures for patches.
Some suppliers are starting to offer leather patches made with more eco-friendly and sustainable leather alternatives like vegetable-tanned and chromium-free leather in response to ethical demand.
Beyond just leather, patches made of fabric, metal and wood composites are growing in popularity. Suppliers are experimenting with new hybrid materials.
Patches made of multiple straps, pieces and hardware assembled together to create more intricate designs. Suppliers are improving production capabilities for more complex structures.
Leather patches integrated with light-up elements, electronics and moving parts for an interactive, functional dimension. However, few China suppliers offer these currently.