Apparently, the Center for Environmental Health has found that hundreds of non-leather handbags contain high amounts lead, including (gasp!) Kate Spade, Marc Jacobs, Tory Burch, and Michael Kors. The gals at Cool Mom picks recently clued me into the drama and were delighted to hear us confirm: yes, our bags are lead-free!
This is a perfect example of the plethora of reasons we choose to make our bags in our Brooklyn workshop.
Our glazed fabric bags are:
21P Phthalate Free (including all Phthalates listed in Cal Prop 65 & CPSIA)
I think that this brings up a very key issue that affects my design process everyday. Although I strive to use the best available materials with the least impact – the ‘perfect’ material doesn’t exist, yet. And maybe it won’t ever. That’s why I feel that it is most important to create unique bags in small batches (in my workshop here in Brooklyn, USA!) that are dependable and will last for years.
I think the decision goes much deeper than choosing a vegan bag vs. a leather bag. To make a positive impact, we should strive to make fewer and smarter purchases, support designers who keep sustainability at the forefront of their creative process . . . .Perhaps its time to re-think what a ‘designer bag’ really means.