Working sustainable is all about the process of doing the best you can and for us means trying to find the best long lasting materials and working conditions. As a small independent designer’s brand, we have a smaller footprint then big brands. All our bags are designed in Antwerp and handmade in Portugal by a small family business.
There are different ways in which you can make a durable choice. That’s why we label our bags with information where it is made, where our materials come from, so our customers can make their own choice which material suits them best.
For us, sustainability is not only about using biodegradable materials, but also the cost per wear and quality of a bag. A Lies Mertens bag should be able to last a lifetime when taken care of.
BIO LEATHER, WHAT IS IT?
The leather we use is unique for a number of reasons. First of all, the leather comes from animals reared for meat production, meaning it is fashioned from residue. This process doesn’t cause any quality loss: our refined calf leather is supple and outstanding. Then what’s the catch?
To produce the leather, the hides are tanned with chrome-free products. We work with small family businesses, adhering to the highest ecological and technical standards. They don’t use any harmful chemicals and instead work with natural products, such as resin. This makes the process quite expensive, which might be a reason not every brand pursues this option. Since we truly value sustainability, we invest in the most environmentally friendly option possible, which is reflected in our pricing.