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.
Brand to watch is our regular dispatch of standout upcoming labels merging ethics with aesthetics.
Make it last x Circulose Jacket
With deadstock Circulose® fabric and local production by Fugeetex, Make it last launches its first product– a timeless jacket reminding of the real luxury of fashion.
The 3 Hottest Brands at Copenhagen Fashion Week
These three brands are shortlisted for the Zalando Sustainability Award.
Amason: ”We send files, emails and animals”
With the release of the first single from their upcoming album (and a virtual release party tonight), Swedish band Amason teams up with adidas and the new, more sustainable Stan Smith. The space of which the iconic shoe enters is one where the love of nature takes center stage. Make it last talks to the band about why they always end up with the animals.
Stan Smith, Forever
Always iconic. Now more sustainable. We’re proudly partnering up with adidas to show you the next generation of sustainable takes on the storied Stan Smith silhouette.