by MR CHRISTIAN - 8 key tips for choosing sustainable luxury leather goods
In a world increasingly focused on sustainability, consumers are seeking ways to make conscious choices even when indulging in luxury fashion and leather goods. With the right knowledge and guidance, it is possible to find sustainable options that align with your values.
In this blog, we will provide eight key tips to help you make informed decisions when purchasing sustainable luxury fashion and leather goods.
Tip #1 - Prioritize actual leather quality
When buying leather goods, ensure that the material used is of high quality. Look for products made from full-grain or top-grain leather, as they are known for their durability and long-lasting nature. By investing in quality leather, you reduce the need for frequent replacements, ultimately minimizing waste. If they are embossed with a pattern or have a plastic looking finish the chances are they are lower grade material re processed to meet the quality expected by the brand. If it does not look natural then it probably isn't.
MR CHRISTIAN only use approved and traceable English hides of vegetable tanned production with full grain origin for all our products. Our leathers are hand finished and waxed with natural oils, tallows and fats, as is the traditional way for bridle leather production a process that has remained that way for hundred of years.
The SHACKLE - Traditional English London Tan bridle leather (J & E Sedgwick's).
Tip #2 - Handmade vs. Machine Production
Consider supporting brands that employ traditional craftsmanship techniques, such as handmade production, rather than mass-produced items. Handmade products often require fewer resources and offer better quality control, as skilled artisans pay attention to detail and ensure each piece meets high standards. This approach also promotes the preservation of traditional skills and cultural heritage.
Our manufacturing is based on 30 years time served saddle making skill sets for that hand made artisan touch - no machinery is used in the making of our products, Every belt is hand cut, hand shaped, hand stained, hand edge creased and hand stitched to perfection.
The WESTCOAST - Hand "double" saddle stitch detailing.
Tip #3 - Manufacturing Location
Pay attention to the location of manufacturing when purchasing luxury fashion and leather goods. Opt for brands that prioritize local production or have factories in countries with stringent environmental and labour regulations. Supporting local artisans and factories not only reduces carbon emissions associated with transportation but also helps sustain local economies.
The supply chain @ MR CHRISTIAN is within a radius of 45 miles. Our typical product journey value is approximately 185 miles from source to completion before delivery to final customer destination.
Tip #4 - Traceability of Source Material Supply
Transparency is key when it comes to sustainability. Look for brands that provide information about the traceability of their leather supply chain. This includes details about the origin of the leather, such as the farm or ranch where the animals were raised. Brands that prioritize traceability often have a greater commitment to ethical sourcing and animal welfare, ensuring that the materials used in their products meet rigorous standards.
Our source leather supply is both LWG approved and traceable back to the farm for ultimate product transparency. We won't compromise on this despite the obvious additional costs.
Tip #5 - Certification & Standards
Certification and Standards ( Certifications and standards play a vital role in verifying the sustainability of luxury fashion and leather goods. Look for products that carry certifications like the Leather Working Group (LWG), which assesses the environmental compliance and performance of leather manufacturers. Other certifications, such as Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) or Fair Trade, can also provide reassurance about the brand's commitment to sustainable practices. With more government regulations heading our way, no brand will be except from providing this information. so why not choose a brand already do it.
Tip #6 - Timeless design and cross use
One of the key principles of sustainable luxury fashion is investing in pieces that stand the test of time. Choose products with timeless designs that can be worn for years to come. Additionally, prioritize durability by selecting well-constructed items made from high-quality materials. By opting for long-lasting pieces, you reduce the need for frequent replacements and contribute to a more sustainable fashion industry. Buying higher priced, well made and artisan quality that appeals to that classic, elegant or relaxed look regardless of outfit chosen ensure you maximise the use of the product.
Tip #7 - Ethical Labour
Ethical Labour Practices Sustainability encompasses not only environmental aspects but also ethical considerations. Look for brands that prioritize fair labour practices and provide safe working conditions for their employees. Brands that value their workforce often have transparent policies and certifications related to fair wages, worker well-being, and social responsibility. By supporting these brands, you contribute to a more equitable and sustainable fashion industry.
Tip #8 - Social welfare
Does the brand you are buying have a social welfare or charitable donation policy. How inclusive are they, do they give back to society people or planet by way of profit share. MR CHRISTIAN donates to a number of causes most of which are driven by the customer and to charities that mean something to them personally, rather than corporate entanglements.
Buying sustainable luxury fashion and leather goods requires thoughtful decision-making. By prioritizing actual leather quality, considering the manufacturing process and location, emphasizing traceability, and supporting ethical labour practices, you can make a positive impact on both the environment and society while indulging in luxury.