Our 'Meet the Maker' series continues this week, with Earth Day approaching on 22 April. Celebrated every year, the three day event from 20-22 April aims to raise awareness about climate change and global warming. The theme of this year's Earth Day is 'Restore our Earth' and is all about about reducing our environmental footprint and fixing the damage we've already done.
Meet the Maker this week showcases Polish brand Alexandra K, whose bags are made from innovative fabrics that are not only vegan, but also their production is organic and safe for the planet.
Founded in 2014, Alexandra K mix timeless design with a contemporary slant, all underscored by a dedication to craftsmanship and ethical luxury. The brand has won a Vegan Fashion Award and a PETA Best Bag Award and also holds a number of certifications from the likes of PETA and the Humane Society, so you can be certain you’re buying cruelty-free.
To most, an Alexandra K bag looks like a classic leather piece but look a little closer and you’ll find a host of innovative fabrics within their collections such as grape leather, corn leather, apple leather and Piñatex. These plant-based leathers are natural, non-toxic, and biodegradable. Additionally, they are often made from waste products of the food and drink industry, unlocking the value of what would otherwise go to waste. The brand also uses synthetic vegan leather alternatives, and always take care to choose them carefully. Their Freedom Leather, for example, is non-petroleum based, non-plastic and recyclable, while their eco-PU is free of PVC.
Rejecting the mass-manufacturing of fast fashion, each Alexandra K bag is individually crafted and boasts its own serial number as a mark of its uniqueness. Not only is this approach to manufacturing a welcome return to the appreciation of real craft, but it ensures that every Alexandra K bag is built to last, a vital element of sustainable, planet-friendly design.