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Hera
Hera
7 months ago

Such a great article! I love every single one of the brands 🙂 It’s so interesting when you guys cover lesser known brands – especially when the usual luxury houses feel like they all sell the same bags with a different logo these days. It’s easy to forget that there’s independent designers doing very good stuff out there!

Now I might go order the Sacre Coeur bag… it’s too beautiful

Jessica
7 months ago
Reply to  Hera

I mean Balenciaga literally just used Gucci’s designs with their own logo instead so I definitely feel you lol. I love indie brands im so glad you found something you like! if you make a purchase you should definitely share I would love to see!

Wendy
Wendy
7 months ago

Such beautiful bags!!!

J
J
7 months ago

“eco leather” is plastic, and not “eco” at all

Justice
Justice
7 months ago
Reply to  J

That’s not necessarily true. Some “eco leathers” are made of plant fiber.

Jessica
7 months ago
Reply to  Justice

Yes! I’m not sure if you’ve heard but Hermes is even exploring the option of mushroom leathers. Which I’m curious to see as they do have a reputation of being highly flammable haha!

Jessica
7 months ago
Reply to  Justice

Yes! I’m not sure if you’ve heard but Hermes is even exploring the option of mushroom leathers. Which I’m curious to see as they do have a reputation of being highly flammable haha!

Justice
Justice
7 months ago
Reply to  J

That’s not necessarily true. Some “eco leathers” are made of plant fiber.

Jessica
7 months ago
Reply to  J

That’s not necessarily true, eco and bio leathers can be made from mushroom, cactus, fruits skins like apple and pineapple, leaf fibers (Amelie pichard has a great example of this worth checking out), and more. Bio leathers are not made the same way, so for example your standard faux leather is made by binding polyvinyl chloride or polyurethane to a standard fabric. PVC is troublesome because when being made during polymerization, molecules of vinyl chloride monomers combine and release toxic dioxins. People also don’t realize too that PVC actually does not shape very well and making it pliable requires using phthalates which have a history of damaging some important internal organs.

This is why the term “vegan leather” is vague and unhelpful in my opinion. Just because something is labeled vegan does not make it sustainable or ethically made. Eco and bio leathers are an attempt to move away from plastic but unfortunately with green washing being a major marketing tactic and regulations being practically non existent it’s up to us to research how these Eco and Bio leathers are being made. Also something to note: plastic can often only be recycled one time around so buying a bunch of items made from recycled plastic isn’t necessarily a solution either and comes with its own set of problems. Hope this explanation was helpful!

Jessica
7 months ago
Reply to  J

That’s not necessarily true, eco and bio leathers can be made from mushroom, cactus, fruits skins like apple and pineapple, leaf fibers (Amelie pichard has a great example of this worth checking out), and more. Bio leathers are not made the same way, so for example your standard faux leather is made by binding polyvinyl chloride or polyurethane to a standard fabric. PVC is troublesome because when being made during polymerization, molecules of vinyl chloride monomers combine and release toxic dioxins. People also don’t realize too that PVC actually does not shape very well and making it pliable requires using phthalates which have a history of damaging some important internal organs.

This is why the term “vegan leather” is vague and unhelpful in my opinion. Just because something is labeled vegan does not make it sustainable or ethically made. Eco and bio leathers are an attempt to move away from plastic but unfortunately with green washing being a major marketing tactic and regulations being practically non existent it’s up to us to research how these Eco and Bio leathers are being made. Also something to note: plastic can often only be recycled one time around so buying a bunch of items made from recycled plastic isn’t necessarily a solution either and comes with its own set of problems. Hope this explanation was helpful!

KangKangKang
KangKangKang
7 months ago

Need El Cholo’s Kid bag now. So hard to choose. The colors are amazing.

Jessica
7 months ago
Reply to  KangKangKang

I feel you that’s how I ended up with four!

dutchie
dutchie
7 months ago

I love this! so nice to give some love to independent brands, where there is so much creativity right now. a couple of my favorites to add to the list are Brother Vellies and Marargent.

L W
L W
7 months ago

The beaded bag is very cute. I’m pretty sure my grandmother had one similar when I was young she let me dress up with.

valerie
valerie
7 months ago
Reply to  L W

Yes, very retro.

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