When getting a new bag, we’re always faced with the same dilemma: What is the sustainable choice? Is it a good quality, organically tanned, responsibly sourced, timeless leather bag that will age well and last for a very long time? Or, is it a vegan and eco friendly faux leather bag—even though it’s made from synthetic materials like polyurethane, polyamide and polyester (i.e. plastic), like Stella McCartney’s eco alter nappa bags and others of the same sort? It can seem like a though nut to crack, but we guess it all comes down to if you would consider an animal product or not.
Then there are the brands that let you choose… After leaving a career in the automotive industry, where she had worked for Audi and Mercedes–Benz in Europe, Vicki von Holzhausen returned to her home in Malibu, Los Angeles. From there, she launched her namesake brand of bags and accessories in 2015, with the aim to create a sustainable and environmentally conscious business where she could combine her technical experience with an ethical approach to consumerism.
The Von Holzhausen bags are artisan-made in USA—ethically and with fair wedges—from either (real) leather or Technik-leather. The traditional leather used comes from Italy and is a by–product of the food industry, and it’s also organically and sustainably tanned. The vegan and animal friendly Technik-leather is made to look and feel like real leather, but with the durability of an engineered performance fabric—naturally free from PVC and other toxic stuff. So, even though it may be difficult deciding what “the right” choice is, with a brand like this you can at least say you made a “better” one.
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