6. After years of handling hides, we began to feel a little ghoulish about it. We’ve been immersed in fabrics for a long time and had met some incredibly innovative “vegan leather” producers. We knew we wanted to work in their world rather than cutting up thousands of hides. We knew we could produce the perfect “vegan leather” for our patches that would make this decision a no-brainer.
7. While you are being sold your “genuine” polymer-coated leather sofa which is “going to last so much longer than less expensive leather sofas because it is so hard-wearing”, just take a look at the landfills. Some 85% of sofas bought between seven to 15 years ago are here – regardless of what they were made out of. And the percentage goes into the 90s when it comes to sofas over 15 years old. Styles change, your old sofa is just so heavy and cumbersome to try to find a future for when you have its replacement arriving tomorrow – easier just to get the delivery men to take it away and throw it in the landfill for you.
8. The fact is, any sofa, whether it’s the best aniline leather or the toughest-wearing commercial grade (think train seats) fabrics can get damaged. And fairly easily too. That’s where we come in. So you really don’t have to fear that one of our non-genuine leather patches is not quite worthy of fixing our aniline sofa – it definitely is :)
9. The term vegan leather may seem a bit of an oxymoron, but we want to communicate to our customers that our patches possess all the desirable qualities as those attached to “genuine leather” – it feels like leather, looks like leather and acts like leather. It is breathable, supple and tough. What is more, 99% of solvents used in the production is recycled and you will most definitely not find any formaldehyde or volatile organic compounds here.
10. We now love to say: no animals were harmed in the making of this company :)