Fish Radio

June 11, 2014


Salmon Belts designed by Lindsay Long

Salmon Belts designed by Lindsay Long

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – Salmon skins make a fashion splash in LA. I’ll tell you more after this —

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Salmon skins have finally made it to the US with a line of clothing and accessories set to make the fashion scene this fall.

  I use them for lapels on a jacket or a cuff, bracelets, belts, yokes and collars on dresses. It is a very interesting textile and it’s a good eco-friendly, sustainable alternative to other exotic skins, like snakes and things like that.  

 Los Angeles fashion designer Lindsay Long uses salmon skins mostly for detailing in her fashion line. She says it’s still rare in the US, but the supple salmon skins are used widely as upholstery in luxury cars, yachts and jets, as well as in the high fashion world.

 Givenchy has used it on this killer pair of shoes I would love to wear. But other than that it’s new to the US. It’s kind of a cross over material – branching its way out into different industries. So we are the first that we know to be using on the whole range – jackets, dresses, belts and everything like that.

The salmon skins come from a fish farm in Ireland; they are tanned, and sold by a German company called Nanai, which recently opened an office in LA. The company reportedly  wants to source more salmon skins state-side.

 I found this company an organic salmon farm and they were trying to figure out how to utilize the skins and they researched an ancient tanning method that uses no harsh metals or chemicals and create these beautiful pieces of leather. I just couldn’t resist.    

Salmon skin items from AK Salmon Leather Company, Kodiak

Salmon skin items from AK Salmon Leather Company, Kodiak

 See Long’s $88 salmon belts at  …   Closer to home: with salmon fillet operations ramping up in Alaska, it leaves tons of skins on the cutting room floor. But only one Alaska – Jeff Barnhart of Kodiak –  tans his own wild salmon skins and has a line of boots, belts, wallets and other accessories. See samples on the web at Alaska Salmon Leather Company.

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