our fabrics

Ethical sourcing of fabrics and materials for our brand is incredibly important in being responsible for our impact on the planet. We try our best, spending months researching to source thoughtfully and sustainably and are constantly looking at how we can improve.

Transparency is key for an ethical fashion industry so lets talk about the textiles and materials we use:

Piñatex Pineapple leather

Country of origin: Raw material harvested and processed in the Philippines and sent to Spain for finishing

Piñatex® is a sustainably-produced plant based textile, developed according to the principles of a circular economy. The pineapple leaves that form the basis of Piñatex® are the byproduct of existing agriculture, so no additional land, water, fertiliser or pesticides are required to produce the raw material, and by adding value to a waste product provide an additional income stream to pineapple farming communities.

No animal products are used at any stage of production, and, in line with the Cradle-toCradle® philosophy, production involves no harmful chemicals and minimal water use.

The development of Piñatex® provides positive social impact by offering a new, steady income stream for subsistence pineapple farming communities, utilising the leaves of the pineapple plants which have previously been considered a waste product. The pineapple industry globally produces approximately 13 million tonne of pineapples leaves as a byproduct each year, which are usually discarded to rot or are burned. The farmers are able to sell the fibres from these leaves as a commercially viable proposition, creating an opportunity for sustainable economic development. The biomass left over after fibre extraction can be utilised as a natural fertiliser, or further processed to produce biogas. This innovative textile offers trade and export opportunities for pineapple growing countries around the world, in addition to having a low environmental impact.

PU / Polyurethane

Country of origin: Italy

Mycro© is a state-of-the-art microfiber with a structure very similar to that of natural leather and suede. Its softness, lightness, breathability, water and stain resistance provide high performance, comfort and very credible leather-looking products. The textile is also durable enough that it is suitable for footwear and accessories. Mycro© holds the EU Ecolabel and are REACH and ISO9001 compliant. The producers work responsibly when it comes to their energy use, workforce and waste, for example:

  • Clean energy is provided by photo-voltaic installations which reduces CO2 emissions.
  • They have installed water recycling facilities.
  • They train their workforce in operational safety.
  • Raw materials are chosen based on their criteria of environmental sustainability.

Other certifications held include UNI EN ISO: 9001:2008, UNI EN ISO 14001:2004 and BS OHSAS 18001:2007 which guarantee high quality and safety standards with significant attention to both the environment and workforce health.

Polyurethane is more easily cleaned than normal leather. Soak a cloth or sponge in warm water and wipe off dust, dirt and other debris. This is sufficient for daily care and lightly soiled surfaces. For tougher stains, use unscented soap to ensure no chemicals or possible residue will affect the leather. Rub the soap bar, liquid soap or a dish detergent into the mark, and wipe away any residue soap with a wet cloth to avoid soap damage on the material. Leave to dry.

Vinyl

Country of origin: unknown

Also known as polyvinyl chloride or PVC, our vinyl has been sourced as deadstock (industry surplus lengths of fabric). Due to the impact the production of PVC has on the environment we are no longer sourcing this textile (especially new), but we will continue to use the deadstock we have due to it's high quality and longevity.

Vegan Leather

Country of origin: unknown

Sometimes when we source deadstock fabrics they don't come with information about what the fabric is made of, just that it isn't leather! In this instance we have stated a catch-all term of 'Vegan Leather'. We assume it is probably vinyl but can't state this for sure as we don't have confirmation.

Hemp Organic Cotton Canvas

Country of origin: China

A new addition to our lineup of textiles is a canvas made from 55% hemp and 45% Organic Cotton. Sourced from China and manufacturing takes place in China, with some of the GOTS certified organic cotton in the blended fabrics originating from Turkey and India. The hemp is grown on farms in the middle or north of China. Henan, Shanxi, Gansu, Heilongjiang province. More information can be found via our Australian based supplier here.

Deadstock

Country of origin: various

We get our deadstock fabrics from a variety of sources, it is frequently end of roll lengths, surplus or contains flaws that we can work around. The benefit of using deadstock fabrics is ensuring they are put to good use rather than being discarded into landfill or burned. If we can turn them into a long lasting product we consider it a win!

Remnants, swatches and scrap

Country of origin: various

We are lucky to have contacts within the fashion, interiors and film industries who also don't want to see valuable fabrics enter the landfill unnecessarily. The beauty of making accessories means we can work with small pieces of fabric to make limited edition pieces like our REMNANTS range of hair accessories!

Coffee Sacks

Country of origin: various

Instead of using plastic or horse hair based internal fusings for our more structured styles, we prefer to utilise coffee sacks that we source from a local New Zealand coffee roasters. It's always exciting to see stamped on the bag where the beans have come from, so your handbag may have a little piece of Colombia, Papua New Guinea, or Indonesia inside!

Velvet Heartbeat - what are our bags made of?

Ask us anything!

Of course if you have any more questions about our textiles, materials or production we would be delighted to hear from you! Transparency from brands is crucial to building a fashion industry which is truly ethical to people, animals and the planet. Please contact us if you want to know more