Know all about Leather Design
Updated on Nov 20, 2019 - 2:09 p.m. IST by Nancy Johri

A Leather Design programme is unique in terms of its structure and finds extensive applications in the fashion footwear and accessories industry. It focuses on an integrated design perspective within the ambit of industry requirements. Keeping in view the needs of the industry and the nature of the field which requires evolving with changing times, the programme encompasses areas of leather garments, fashion goods, personal lifestyle accessories and footwear.

“Design is a growing field and it is finding new corners and platforms outside the already established ones in the trade. Leather design is one such field that is coming up in a big way", says Sanjay Shrivastava, Director, NIFT Patna and Additional in-charge of NIFT Bhubaneswar while throwing light on its growing scope.

Careers360 explores here everything you need to know about Leather Design including eligibility criteria, essential skills required, areas of study, top colleges, major employers, positions offered, average salary and more.

Purpose of leather design programme

The leather design programme is highly structured and focuses on developing a holistic professional to meet the human resource requirement of the leather industry. It emphasises on the integration of design concepts with material knowledge to respond to the requirements of specific target markets.

The specialisation aims at nurturing social values while shaping the competitive and entrepreneurial spirit of students. Exposure to the industry through field trips, tannery training, industry internship and graduation projects are an integral part of the curriculum.

Eligibility criteria

For pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in leather design, you should have passed your Class 10+2 qualifying examination from a recognised state or national board of education.

Skills required

Aspirants should possess the following skills and qualities in order to be eligible for pursuing leather design course -

  • Designing skills

  • Good numerical skills

  • Sound knowledge of computer aided designing software

  • Strong planning ability

  • Problem solving ability

Following are the core areas of study of leather design programme -

Areas of study

Leather Studies & Processes

Design & Fashion Studies

Design Process & Developments

Fashion Trends & Forecasting

Surface Techniques

Fashion Illustration

Leather Acc. Design & Development

Footwear Design & Development

Pattern Making & Grading


Construction Techniques

Production Planning & Control

Marketing & Merchandising

Design Management & Entrepreneurship

Computer Application & CAD

Design Methods & Prototyping

Portfolio Development

Craft Research and Documentation

Tannery Training

Industry Internship

Cross Discipline Electives

Graduation Project


The target industry for graduates includes export and domestic manufacturing, retail, buying and sourcing, etc. They evolve the modern paradigm of the industry making it an integrated part of the global fashion and lifestyle arena.

Designer Brands

Varun Behl

Sabyasachi Couture

JJ Valaya

Manav Gangwani


Meera Mahadevia

Rajesh Pratap Singh

Anita Dongre Limited

Retail Brands

Reliance Footwear

Liberty Footwear

Bata’s Carlton – London


Cross leather accessories

Future Lifestyle Fashions Ltd

Shoppers Stop

Raymond Ltd

Simaaya fashion


Benetton India

Landmark Group


Holii accessories Pvt ltd

Arvind Ltd.

Royal Enfield


Buying Houses

Triburg Leathers

Impulse India Pvt Ltd

Li and Fung Ltd

Asmara Home Products

William E. Connor & Associates Ltd


Target Sourcing Services

Export Manufacturing Houses

ABC Leathers

Alpine Apparels

AMC/Target Sourcing Services

Apollo International Ltd

A V Thomas & Co. Ltd

Bhartiya International

Century Overseas

Crew BOS

Diesel India



Index Sports

Kabir Leathers

Alpha Overseas

Stichwell Bags & Accessories



Orion Conmerx

Lloyd Baker

P&G Enterprise

Malaga Exports

Rabia Leathers

Matt Global

Shamik Exports

Superhouse Leathers Ltd.

Tata International Ltd

Trio Trend (Yamai)

Jaya Shree Textile- A unit of Aditya Birla

Paras Exports

Tritan Leather Works

P&G Enterprises

Pragati Vinimay

Torero Corporation

Rene Impex

K.H.Leather Industries


D2 International

Stichwell Exports

Ritu Exports

Vogue N Hyde


Savi Leathers

Radnik Exports

XL Enterprises

Metropoli Fashions

Exotic Fashions

Khimjee Hunsraj

Elements Exports

Viralli Enterprises

Le Tanneur Agency

Tangerine Design pvt. ltd

MBE International

Cheviot International

Positions offered

Leather design graduates have opportunities in various areas of fashion business as entrepreneurs, product developers, production managers, etc.


Merchandiser Manager

Account Head

Production In-charge




Trend Analyst

Average salary

The average annual salary for a leather design graduate is around Rs. 4.5 lakhs per annum.

Colleges offering leather design programme (UG)

A Leather Design programme offers opportunities in leather garments, goods, footwear and lifestyle accessories. It equips students to pursue a wide range of careers in outerwear, footwear, fashion & lifestyle sectors and in the areas of design & range development, merchandising, manufacturing, buying and retail. Graduates of this domain of design have innumerable job opportunities ahead of them, provided they have unique and creative thinking.

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