Leather news and archive
No more leather at Ganni - alternative from grapes instead
Danish fashion label Ganni is planning to phase out leather by 2023 and gradually eliminate it completely from its ranges. This is despite the fact that lambskin pieces are one of Ganni’s most high-priced and profitable categories. But “selling leather products, although highly profitable, will soon be as outdated as smoking on TV,” said Ganni...
Oct 22, 2021
Vagabond Shoemakers to focus on reducing emissions
Swedish footwear brand Vagabond Shoemakers is looking to reduce emissions “going forward” following the release of its sustainability report for 2020. Last year the brand said in the wake of the pandemic it focused on breaking down its value chain to better apply its sustainability activities to each company function. This evaluation work was...
Jul 15, 2021
Ostwald on the craftsmanship of couture bags
When you think of couture, most people think of clothing from the likes of Chanel, Dior and Louis Vuitton, however, there is a growing appetite for one-off pieces in accessories and leading the way is German independent Ostwald merging subtle luxury and traditional craftsmanship to produce unique handbags from high quality tanned and refined...
Jul 2, 2021
Research shows that an anti-viral treatment can inactivate coronavirus on leather
Researchers at De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) working with the British Footwear Association (BFA) have discovered that while coronavirus can remain on shoe leather for up to two days that there is also an anti-viral treatment that can inactivate coronavirus after two hours. The independent research was commissioned to help the shoe...
Jun 23, 2021
Mulberry asks “can a bag save the world” with a new sustainable manifesto
To mark its 50th anniversary, British heritage brand Mulberry has launched its new ‘Made to Last Manifesto’ an ambitious framework to transform its business into a regenerative and circular model, encompassing the entire supply chain, from field to wardrobe by 2030. The brand is committed to switching to a hyper-local and circular model to...
Apr 20, 2021
Starting at the Start for Sustainable Fashion: The Argument for Focusing on Raw Materials
By now, anyone who’s paying attention to the fashion industry knows that we have an urgent sustainability problem on our hands. According to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, if we stay on our current path, the fashion industry alone will take up a quarter of the entire world’s carbon budget by 2050. To avert climate catastrophe, we’re going to...
Mar 9, 2021
The fashion industry can no longer justify the use of leather without traceability
A new exposé by Peta is aimed to shake up fashion’s leather industry, which often overlooks transparency in the supply chain of manufacturers, specifically when it comes to animal cruelty. A global-wide ban of fur and industry calling for the ethical treatment of animals has largely evaded leather producers, as leather is still seen as a...
Jul 13, 2020
VF Corp stops sourcing leather from Brazil
The VF Corporation, parent to brands like Timberland, the North Face, Vans, Dickies and Kipling, announced on Friday that it would no longer source leather from Brazil due to environmental concerns. From 1st January to 20th August 2019, fires in the Brazilian Amazon have increased by 84 percent compared to the same period last year according to...
Sep 2, 2019
Video: How a Luxury Leather Jacket is Made
Meet designer Savannah Yarborough, whose totally bespoke approach takes the rugged individualism of leather jackets to its logical, luxurious end. Source: Bloomberg, YouTube.
Dec 27, 2018
Pineapples could replace leather, due to a new textile
The future is dressed in pineapples. Carmen Hijosa, a Spanish businesswoman is on a mission to prove to the world that pineapples are a suitable alternative to leather. In working as a clothing designer, Hijosa made the decision to abandon leather on environmental grounds and has recently invented Pinatex, a textile made from pineapples, as her...
Dec 20, 2018
Helsinki Fashion Week pledges to ban leather
Labels taking part in the Helsinki Fashion Week will no longer be allowed to use leather in their collections, as the event’s organizers have pledged to ban the material from 2019. “We at Helsinki Fashion Week, with the support of the Nordic Fashion Week Association, are taking an active stand against cruelty to animals and the damaging...
Aug 13, 2018