Our Inspiration - Why Leather ?

Nature is present in every aspect of our collection. Sustainable Fashion is key when we defined our values at the beginning of this project. We decide to use leather as our main material to reduce the environmental impact. Leather degrades much faster than plastic or other textile materials. Leather comes from nature and goes back to it in a very friendly way.
 Leather is one of the most versatile materials known. This is due to the unique arrangement of complex natural fibers that give the variations on the types of hides skins. Chemical and physical processes are tailored to give specific properties and performance to the hides and skins as they are being converted into leather. In our backgrounds, we have used cow and goat leather from our suppliers to create a unique combination in the studio.

 

TRUE/FALSE GAME

Animals are raised to make leather: False
It is not necessary for leather to be complicit in harming the environment, some leathers are byproducts of a healthy supply chain that doesn’t depend on mass manufacturing and industrial cattle raising. Z Aglet has a clean supply chain of Organic leather.
Leather is a sustainable product: True
Leather as a raw material is generated renewably because animal meat will always be required by consumers. The manufacturing processing if done with good environmental controls has minimal impact and leather’s full life cycle has the lowest carbon and water footprint of any material when analyzing the durability of the product. During the end-of-life phase leather rapidly degrades through chemical and biological means.

Leather degrades better than synthetic materials: True
Petrochemical based materials are relatively inert and are relatively poor in nutrients for bacteria and fungi. Leather is rich in carbon, nitrogen, and oxygen; three elements that bacteria and fungi like to eat. In the biosphere leather will break down much faster than synthetic materials.
Synthetic materials are made from natural fibres: False
To distinguish synthetic materials from natural, the term synthetic refers to materials constructed from sub-units that are derived using synthetic sources (e.g., petroleum chemicals), and natural generally implies grown in an animal. Leather alternatives are largely synthetic (petrochemical based), there are only a few new natural alternatives to leather.
Leathers can be made from other sources, besides animals: False
International standards and definitions, and in many cases national laws prohibit the use of the word leather UNLESS it comes from an animal. Labelling something as leather, not from an animal is illegal in many countries.

Synthetic materials are being sold as leather: True 
The reputation of leather is so good that deceitful people want to mislead consumers by labelling their products as leather. Unfortunate consumers then buy these synthetics, thinking they are real leather and are disappointed by the lack of performance.
Leather is a modern product: True
Modern leathers are highly technical, and have a range of features that can give the user attributes that most other materials cannot, these can include: water resistance, fire resistance, breathability, anti-bacterial, thermal-imaging protection, anti-abrasion, high grip, exceptional softness, laser etching, body sensory implants, UV colour change, heat colour change, and dimensional stability.