Fish leather : from waste to luxury products

fish leather

Fish Leather Creating and selling fish leather means relaunching a sector that until then disappeared in France on the principle of the circular economy, while remaining 100% natural. Here are all the promises of this leather, made in France since 2015 and on sale even for small quantities ! This is very good news for creators wishing to purchase them. 

To recycle fish skins, which go to the trash, into a leather. That’s the general idea!

Cuir de poisson / fish leather
Fish leather

Tanning of fish skins

 To dye these leathers, after several researches, the suppliers of this material opted for crushed bark of mimosa. This process is 100% vegetal and natural. 

Cuir de poisson / fish leather
Fish leather

Fish leather available 

Salmon, lavaret, mule, sole, trout, sturgeon, julienne, bass, skate, congre, eel : all fish skins can be transformed into fish leather. 

fish leather

Processing time : between 8 and 15 days of tanning to transform the skins into a fish leather. 


Many designers and brands have already worked this leather. Jewelry, shoes, wallets, cases… This topic is very interesting to work on. Here are some examples in pictures. 

fish leather on shoes
bag with fish leather

Market opportunities 

Since the commercialization of the first skin in January 2015 and after 3 years of research & development, here is an overview of this material. Here, the market opportunities are real : 

  • 15 species of fish processed into leather 
  • 2 tonnes of fish skin waste recovered from leather 
  • 100 craftsmen working fish leather 
  • 10 industrial suppliers of fish skins by-products

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