The category of leather goods is by no means limited to snakeskin or cowhide. Today, skin coverings are still used for purses and wallets, but their use has expanded to include everything from cell phone caddies to iPod protectors, with many other materials in use, too, including woven textiles and straw. Handbag embellishments range from tassels to jewels, and from fur to feathers. Their hardware is limitless and their styling and shapes include everything from fantasy fun to architectural. This is a huge industry within an industry and is an excellent avenue to explore if you are serious about illustrating fashion for a career. Within this chapter you will find many of the challenges and issues you will encounter ...

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