Karl Lagerfeld Launches a Vegan Cactus Leather Bag

The label partnered with supermodel and sustainability advocate Amber Valletta to create the Lagerfeld x Amber Valletta collection features cactus leather from Mexican company Desserto.

Valletta’s interpretation of Lagerfeld’s designs features a sustainable cactus leather version of the iconic K/Kushion bag which comes in a dark green or black hue in a pleated or seamless design.

Lagerfield joins a growing number of fashion labels that have opted to incorporate new vegan leathers made from other sustainable materials in their collections.

Bolt Threads has partnered with major fashion brands such as Stella McCartney, Adidas, Lululemon, and Kering to give them access to its Mylo vegan leather (made from mycelium) and McCartney is the first designer to showcase Mylo in two of her designs.

Other fashion companies are now using plant-based leather made from myriad materials such as upcycled grapes from wine industry waste, mangos, pineapples, apples, and cactus along with other alternatives to both animal leather and plastic-based vegan leather.

Valletta has spoken out about the fashion industry’s impact on the environment on a number of occasions. She became British Vogue‘s first sustainability editor in January 2020 and she hosted the sustainability-themed “Changemakers in Action” conference at the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC.

“This collaboration shows that we don’t have to sacrifice great style to make responsibly made fashion,” Valletta said. 

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