Nike is rethinking how leather is produced with a new development called Flyleather. The material takes discarded scrap leather and recycles it into fibers and then uses a process to combine it with a fabric structure and synthetic fibers to merge it into one whole material.
The end result is a leather that feels premium, but gets a performance upgrade to create a leather that's 40% lighter and five-times more durable. More importantly, it's sustainable, uses 90% less water, and is made from 50% recycled fiber.
Flyleather will debut in the Tennis Classic (above) on September 18th at nike.com, Nike SoHo, NikeLab 21 Mercer, and Dover Street Market in New York city.