All of the leathers we use are vegetable tanned using tannins, which occur naturally in barks and the leaves of many plants. This means that the tanning process - where the raw skins are treated to create leather hides - does not include commonly used metals like chrome and other metals, which can be harmful to the environment.
Our artisan range features cotton that is locally grown, processed, spun and woven by hand in Maheshwar, Madya Pradesh, India. By sourcing raw materials from local farms, our makers reduce their need to use transport, and their traditional, human-powered approach to spinning and weaving almost completely eliminates the use of electricity. Keeping production out of big cities also stimulates the economies of smaller communities, and prevents families from being separated when members are forced to seek employment far away.
In the world of textiles, linen is an environmental hero – it requires lower water and energy usage than cotton, and is strong, light, and hard wearing. It’s also recyclable and biodegradable. Boom.
Tencel / Lyocell
The tencel / lyocell we use is made from the wood pulp from plantations, and because this is a closed-loop process material, the solvent used is almost 100% recycled and reused again in the production process. The wood itself is FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) sourced, and includes acacia, chestnut, oak and eucalyptus species, among others.
We use merino wool sourced exclusively from Australian farms (we knit in China, just to be clear), with an Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certification, which means that no harmful chemicals are used in processing. Few fibres top wool, which aside from being natural, warm and endlessly flexible, is also biodegradable and renewable.