Sustainable Vegan Handbags by Swiss Startup KOVU Made of “Corn Leather”
KOVU A Swiss A Start Up
We recently came across a great new Swiss startup called KOVU. KOVU was recently founded by Lorena Epifani and she is committed to creating stylish yet sustainable vegan handbags out of a new product called Corn Leather E-Ultra®.
What is “Corn Leather”
So what is Corn leather? Corn Leather E-Ultra® is a high quality and very durable material which is made out of renewable resources which are all vegan. It is created from the non-edible part of corn as well as the plastic from PET bottles salvaged from the sea. It’s very environmentally friendly and made without harmful solvents and substances. The handbags are designed in Switzerland and the corn leather is made in Italy, just a few kilometres from KOVU’s manufacturing centre in Milan where the handbags are hand-stitched by artisans.
Cactus Leather” Desserto®
Another sustainable material KOVU use is called “Cactus Leather” Desserto®. It is also vegan, PVC, and pesticide free. Rainwater is used for harvesting and only mature cactus leave leaves are used to make this exceptionally environmentally friendly material. Please note that cactus plants are not cut down to produce this material!
Sustainable With Low Impact on The Environment
KOVU place a high value on sustainability and they aim to keep a very low overall carbon impact by reducing long supply chain trips wherever possible, including the transport of materials. All the materials used are extremely durable and high quality, but with a low impact on the environment.
Practical and Wipe Clean
The corn leather is super practical and when we were out in Zurich taking photos it began to rain and all we had to do was wipe the bags dry. The bags are well made and strong and deceptively spacious.
Three Handbag Designs
Melia Tote Bag
Large and convenient, Melia contains two zipped pockets and a locking hook to carry your items and keep everything in its place. It is spacious and strong enough to carry a lap top as well as all the essentials you need for a busy day in town or at the office. It is also idea for travelling too.
The Melia Tote retails at CHF 330. See all the colour ways and find out more about the Melia tote bag here.
Kerria Hand Bag
The Kerria hand bag is designed in a beautiful trapeze shape, yet it is modern and practical with enough space to fit all your essentials. You can choose to remove the adjustable strap if you wish and there are so many ways to wear this stylish bag.
The Kerria Handbag come in 7 colour ways and is made out of Corn and Cactus leather. It has two strong magnets to keep everything safe and you can wear the strap across the body or under the arm.
The exterior is made of vegan leather and it is lined with organic cotton. The Kerria Hanbag retails at CHF 285. See all the colour ways and find out more about the Kerria Handbag here.
The Kora clutch is elegant and stylish, and can be worn equally well by day or by night. It’s made of plant-based leather and lined with organic cotton.
The detachable chain is a good, chunky weight and it is deceptively spacious with plenty of room for more than just your essentials. The Kora Clutch retails at CHF 230. See all the colourways and find out more information on the Kora Clutch see here.
Organic Linings and Dust Bags
The linings are all made out of organic cotton, OEKO-TEX®, standard 100, and certified without toxic substances. The fabric is made by a Swiss factory.
All the bags come with their own dust bag for protection. The dust bags are Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), certified, and printed in France. Even KOVU’s shipping boxes, poly mailers, and sealing tape are all made from recycled cardboard.
Photos by Sophia Cuschieri and by Christina and by KOVU
This article is the result of a collaboration with KOVU
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