Anya Hindmarch, a British designer, is launching a line of biodegradable leather bags. The range was created after two years of research and development by the London-based brand. It aims to make pieces that are biodegradable, rather than recirculating items that end up in landfills.
Hindmarch stated to the Business of Fashion that they wanted this bag to last forever. If you take care of it, it will. It would eventually end up in landfill. However, if you do want it to be composted, I’d prefer that you sell it on eBay or give it away.
Since 2007, Hindmarch, who launched I am not a Plastic Bag as part of a collaboration project with Antidote as well as the global social movement We Are What We do, Hindmarch has been a champion for sustainable fashion. The project attracted huge media attention worldwide, sparked debate about plastic bags and led to the UK introducing plastic bags to be charged for.
Return to Nature is a collection that has a traceable supply chain. It includes suppliers and manufacturers in Germany as well as production in Spain. Instead of being treated with harmful chemicals or heavy metals, the leather is finished with liquid silk. This finishing solution is used by Chanel and other companies. Silk can be added to yarns. This results in a fabric that feels soft and is durable.
BoF was informed by Hindmarch that the bag is unlined and hardware-free. It’s also made with cotton that biodegrades. The bag is also coated with natural oils-based wax.
Pre-orders are available at the company’s flagship shop in Knightsbridge or from MatchesFashion.