This season, everywhere I look, I see pony hair. From high end fashion designers like Fendi to smaller boutiques and up and coming designer. Not to mention every kind of accessory imaginable from shoes to handbags, even belts, ALL in pony hair.
Before I have you running for the high hills, let me just set the record straight. Pony hair is not hair from a pony. I know, I know, what a stupid name then, right? Pony hair is the general term for hair that hasn’t been removed from the hide, most commonly calf or cow. What we’re most used to seeing is the underside of the leather but with pony hair, as it implies, is the hair side of the hide.
More commonly known as haircalf, this type of leather is often referred to by the fashion industry as pony hair, most likely because it sounds more exotic. Whether it is or isn’t more exotic sounding is up to you but it certainly is more expensive than other types of leather. Because the leather has to be treated and go through a process called chrome tanning in order to bring a radiant shine to the hair and the hair itself almost always needs cutting makes for a higher pricepoint. And of course, like any other leather it will go through a dyeing procedure.
Pony hair has become increasingly popular in the fashion world, especially when it comes to accessorizing. It’s not just a trend that luxury brands are setting forth either. Even the ever so popular skater brand Vans produces pony skin shoes. And not just for women. It’s definitely a growing style that can be recognized for both men and women. And like I said earlier, you can find almost any acessory in pony hair.
Now remember, pony hair is not to be confused with pony skin. In fact, pony skin IS skin from a pony. So do not be fooled. The next time you’re out and about shopping you can ask and be sure of the difference of what you’re trying on or buying.