India is the second largest producer of leather garments and footwear and the biggest exporter in the world. With a sector that is valued at $17.85 billion, the time to enter this industry is ripe. “Earlier, the leather industry was considered impenetrable, but the entry of international brands and government initiatives has created an excitement that wasn’t there before,” says Gautam Sinha, founder and creative director, Nappa Dori.
What you study Students learn leather processing, surface techniques, retailing, manufacturing processes, merchandising and supply chain, and details of the production system.
Career Prospects “Students can pursue work in garment design, bags, footwear, merchandising, manufacturing, buying and retail,” says Sabyasachi Sengupta, associate professor, NIFT Kolkata.
Skills Required: “One needs to understand the market and gain experience by travelling,” says Sinha.