While we all love a great leather good, it's hard to justify your favorite leather jacket once you realize how much damage the production of leather has on not only the animals being raised for the sole purpose of their skins but also to the environment. And thus, we have turned to our new favorite material to create the ultimate "leather" must-haves: Vegan Leather.
If you’re not already in love with vegan leather, ours is about to win you over. Using vegan leather reduces energy waste and toxic chemical release from the production process while saving the lives of millions of animals. Our buttery-soft Polyurethane vegan leather is durable, washable and, of course, cruelty-free. Another bonus? Vegan leather never has imperfections, and it's completely water resistant; for when you want to dance in the rain.
Design and Fabrication
Every garment starts with the design process. Once we find our inspiration for a style, our designer draws the silhouette and sends it to one of our Fair Labor Certified factories. Each of our factories specializes in a type of fabric, so this design is headed to our specialists in vegan leather in China. We have all of our fabrics custom made for our collections, and our factory is one of the best in fabricating durable polyurethane vegan leather. Having fabrics custom made adds time to the design process, but ensures that our "leather" has the perfect look and feel.
About Our Vegan Leather
Vegan leather comes in many forms, but the most important part of this amazing material is that its an ethical, sustainable, and cruelty-free alternative to traditional leather. Raising animals for the sole purpose of using their skins as leather causes a large strain on farm land and resources; not to mention the giant amounts of toxic chemicals that are used during the tanning process. According to the U.N., animal agriculture is responsible for 18% of greenhouse gas emissions, and 70% of the deforestation in the Amazon is due to clearing space for livestock.
Our vegan leather is made by binding polyurethane to a fabric backing. While there are vegan leathers made out of non-plastic materials like cork, these often have little flexibility and a rougher texture. The use of plastic is not ideal however it has still been found to be less harmful to the environment than traditional leather.
Now to You
Did you know that deadstock (leftover inventory from past seasons) is a huge problem afflicting much of the fashion industry right now due to the rise in fast fashion? We don't want any Recommence garments to go to waste so we produce very limited quantities of all of our styles. Once our finished garment leaves our factory, we carefully pack it to get it ready to head to you. This includes our hang tag, which is made from recycled cement leftovers, and our biodegradable bag. Each Recommence garment gets extra love and attention during our entire process, so make sure you cherish it always and keep up the care, because clothes are meant to last longer than one eason.