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...
15 Jul 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...
2 Jul 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...
23 Jun 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...
20 Apr 2021
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...
2 Sep 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.
27 Dec 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...
13 Aug 2018
Global fashion giants fret over India cattle slaughter crackdown
Indian exporters were scrambling Tuesday to assure global clients like Zara and Giorgio Armani their shipments would arrive despite a government crackdown on cattle slaughter which threatens the lucrative leather industry. The government last week declared a nationwide ban on the sale of cattle for slaughter, startling major fashion labels who...
30 May 2017
(Re)defining sustainability: Rethinking the industry ‘workhorse’ resources
Once seen as a niche part of the fashion industry, being eco-conscious has rapidly become one of the hottest 'topics' of our time. From luxury fashion houses to fast-fashion retailers, and everything in between - more and more fashion companies are responding to mounting consumer interest and 'going green.' However, in spite of all the efforts...
8 Jun 2016