Focus on Green FashionLANIUS Since 1999, Claudia Lanius has been pursuing her vision to use organic raw materials under fair working conditions, creating […]

Aug 30, 2017


Since 1999, Claudia Lanius has been pursuing her vision to use organic raw materials under fair working conditions, creating a fashion product that respects the planet and animals. The design team create two new LANIUS collections each year in the Cologne workshop. Feminine, sassy and with loving attention to detail, the collections mainly use certified and controlled materials such as organic cotton, denim, silk and organic linen. The principles of sustainability and ecology are also reflected in the production of accessories. LANIUS is GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) certified, PETA - Approved Vegan Label and uses materials controlled by independent institutes such as CERS and Control Union.


The Hamburg-based brand combines the traditional art of leather processing with an ethical and timeless design. The collection is made in Germany and Poland: the accessories, bags and backpacks are manufactured from high-quality natural materials, such as waxed organic cotton from Scotland and vegetable-tanned leather from European suppliers. The company works closely with selected suppliers that have been awarded the GOTS, IVN Natural Leather, DERMATEST® or Cradle to Cradle® certifications, a concept that combines an equal share of ecological, economic and social aspects.


In the mid-nineties, Mikel Feijoo Elzo, founder of Skunkfunk, started selling t-shirts at music festivals to finance his travels. This was the beginning of a brand born from an innovative idea that has become a reference for its unique, creative and eco-friendly style. The Basque brand has evolved over time, but has never lost its main characteristic of searching for a different way to create fashion. He made sustainability his strength, focusing on three key factors: to design multifunctional and durable items, to use organic fibres (lyocell, bamboo, ramie, cotton, linen) and recycled materials such as leather and polyester, as well as transportation by sea to reduce Co2 emissions.


Shape-shifter bags in jute, cork and recycled fabric: the winning idea of the brand based in Cadiz (Spain) is to combine an interesting fashion idea (from clutches to backpacks in a few steps) with eco-friendly materials (cork regenerates constantly on trees and is light, breathable and non-allergic). The small company is located in an area famous for ancient handcraft traditions, and all the accessories are made by hand, including the processing and prints.


The German company was founded in 1936, but took on the name of Harold’s only when it started working together with the Florentine-based company, Pielle le sac. The made-in-Germany design and the production are performed in a small company in Colombia, according to the principles of fair trade and the highest safety standards for workers. Bags, backpacks, luggage, messengers and computer bags are unisex and made with the finest hides processed to keep the characteristic vintage look. But don’t let this mislead you: the interior is modern and functional, equipped with pockets and special compartments for laptops and tablets.


A fashionable, fresh and recognisable style. Romantic belts with vintage effects, full of contrasting textures and shades, with attention to the smallest detail. The brand based in Bonn, headed by designers Elke Schilling and Annette Hoffman, combines its accessories with the main production of Global Organic Textile Standard certified women’s clothing made of high-quality natural fibres such as organic cotton, silk, linen, hemp, baby alpaca, suri alpaca, yak, camel hair, cruelty free virgin wool.


The strength of the eco-chic Deepmello bags is definitely the leather: vegetable tanned with tannins extracted from rhubarb root (hence, chrome free), it is biodegradable, non-allergenic and has a light pleasant perfume. Not for nothing, the brand has just launched a line of cosmetics. The German brand focuses on classic and minimalist models that emphasise the softness of leather combined with high quality materials such as organza, bio-satin and bio-silk.


Quality, style and personality. The brand based in Cadiz (Spain) focuses on these factors for the production of women’s handbags with a classic appeal. All the prototypes are developed and made by hand in its laboratories by skilled craftsmen, who also perform the stitching. The leather is vegetable tanned in an artisanal way that results in an exclusive finish with a unique shade. The bags also have to pass strict quality controls, piece by piece. One of the innovations of the new collection is a line that combines leather and striped canvas in a marinière style.

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