VEGAN LEATHER vs. REAL LEATHER – A JOURNEY INTO CONSCIOUS LUXURY

VEGAN LEATHER vs. REAL LEATHER – A JOURNEY INTO CONSCIOUS LUXURY

Hamburg, February 2024: The ANNA KLOSE label follows the idea that fashion must always be good at heart – conscious luxury beautiful from the inside out. From a brand that has its roots in equestrian sports, most people would naturally expect high-quality products made of genuine leather with the highest level of craftsmanship. However, as technologies and materials are constantly evolving, I wanted to challenge this and therefore decided early on to only use vegan leather.

Cruelty-free elegance: Why choose vegan over traditional leather?

For me, it's about embracing a sustainable approach. Our cruelty-free fabrics mimic the luxurious look and feel of traditional leather without compromising on the well-being of our animal friends. It's a conscious choice, and I believe we can create beauty without causing harm.

Is a vegan leather bag of lower quality than a conventional leather bag?

The clear answer is no. Of course, just as with real leather there are huge differences in quality and robustness, which is why the price point differs enormously. As with any item, you should always consider the selectness of the material when buying a vegan leather bag – regardless of the design.

We only use fabric of exquisite quality – this of course leads to higher raw material prices, as many additional technology and development costs are involved. For this reason we also call our materials “Tech-Suede”. They come from top specialized manufacturers in highly developed countries, which means that the cost of labor is also reflected in the prices.

When buying, as with any other item, you should pay close attention to the craftsmanship. Just like leather bags, there are big differences in the way each edge is shaped, each seam is set and each step of the process is done. For example, there are over 40 detailed work steps even in our smallest belt bag. We pride ourselves on making every piece by hand in our Hamburg manufactory, which is why the quality of our hand bags keeps up with designer bags produced in Italy and France.

For me, buying less but with higher quality is ultimately a question of sustainability. That way I can enjoy my designs for years to come. 

Softness meets resilience

Have you ever wondered how our materials manage to be so soft yet incredibly robust? The secret lies in the additional treatment. Our coating ensures that our bags are pleasant to the touch and at the same time dirt and water repellent to stand the test of time.

A unique story unfolding: The patina of Vegan Leather Bags

Some of you might be curious about whether our Tech-Suede fashion and bags age like traditional leather. Of course not, they mature in their own way, going on their own unique journey and developing a distinctive patina that is influenced by their surroundings – your environment, the way you use them and even the sunlight they bask in.

Taking care of your vegan leather bag

What if your cherished bag gets a stain? Don’t worry! The additional treatment with the coating makes each bag water and dirt repellent. A simple wipe with a damp cloth is often all it takes for most stains. And for those tricky cases, our dedicated team is always at your service. Or use our Gare Guide for further specific questions.

In a world where fashion choices are becoming more than just a statement, I invite you to join me on this journey of conscious luxury. Let’s redefine elegance, not only in terms of style, but also in terms of the values we uphold.

Love, Anna

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