Our leather comes from farmed free range bovine in India. The leather is a residual product from the meat- and dairy industry, which means that no animals are bred for the purpose of our production, but the leather can be considered a by-product. We never use skins from endangered nor exotic species, and therefore the bags with croco- or snake print looks are made from embossed leather.
We are currently working hard on ensuring that our suppliers are all audited members of Leather Working Group. LWG has developed a standard for sustainability and responsible leather production, covering chemical management in tanneries, environmental compliance, leather traceability and supply chain transparency. However, it is not a certification for farms and slaughterhouses, but it helps us ensure that our tanning processes are closely monitored and compliant, and that our hides do not come from areas connected to deforestation. We aim to achieve the goal of having all suppliers Bronze certified by the end of 2021.
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Tanning is the process of turning animal skins into actual leather. We currently make use of two different processes: Vegetable tanning and chromium tanning.
- Vegetable tanned leather has a lower negative environmental impact, does not crack or dry out and therefore has a very long lifespan. However, the leather is a bit stiff and has to be “broken in” to become fully flexible and the colors can also darken a bit over time. We aim to increase our use of vegetable tanned leather in our bags to avoid unnecessary toxic wastewaster.
- Chrome tanned leather does not develop patina as fast as vegetable tanned leather. SLET: The colors remain unchanged across the products entire lifespan. However, chrome tanning creates toxic wastewater that can have a negative environmental impact, which can be controlled through closed wastewater systems for recycling. Also, the leather can carry a chemical smell.
On our April, Dea and Augusta programs, we use 98% vegetable and 2% chrom tanning. For the coming Spring 21 collection, we’ll add five new programs with the same tanning treatment: Nobi, Kellie, Ewa, Fate and Vintage.
The lining inside the bags is 100% cotton, which is a durable product that gives the products a long lifespan. We are currently researching a better alternative, which we aim to implement before the end of 2021.
We believe in natural materials, and genuine leather is our preferred material. Leather is a high-quality material and has a long durability if you take good care of it.
There is no doubt about how much we love leather as a material. It's a natural material, it's durable and with good care it can last in a lifetime. In a way, every bag we create is unique. Every bag is made of its own hide coming from one individual animal. Therefore, we want everyone to know what to expect from leather goods like ours.
Of course we aim to create uniformity across all bags we produce of the same kind. But we need to stress the fact that leather is in fact a natural material, and therefore the look of the leather may differ from bag to bag and on each individual bag. The hide responds differently to the treatment, and thus it may vary in thickness, colour, structure, etc. and should not be considered a production error. Rather it’s a part of how the material is supposed to look. If you have any questions in this regard, please do not hesitate to contact us.
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