Gucci has teamed up with Livia Firth’s Green Carpet Challenge for the first-ever line of handbags produced with Rainforest Alliance-certified leather.
Leather is one of the largest byproducts of South American cattle farming, alongside environmental damage.
According to Sabrina Vigilante, director of Strategic Initiatives at the Rainforest Alliance, “agricultural conversion for cattle production is the leading cause of deforestation in the Amazon.”
It’s not just the deforestation that’s a problem — the amount of energy that goes into producing a natural hide is around 20 times that is needed for a synthetic substitute.
Still, a number of groups are seeking to help limit the impacts associated with leather production.
This line of Gucci bags is the first ever to be produced with the Rainforest Alliance-certified leather, which is produced under strict controls in order to limit deforestation and protect wildlife habitats.
The certification also seeks to ensure that farmers provide ethical treatment to livestock and also help promote and maintain the rights and health of their workers.
The leather is all produced by the Fazendas São Marcelo group of four ranches located in the Mato Grosso state of Western Brazil.
The new bags appear in ‘Tote’, ‘Jackie’ and ‘Hobo’ styles. They will go on sale at select Gucci stores around the world and will be available online at Gucci.com in the US and Europe.
Livia Firth, the eco-campaigner and wife of Oscar-winning actor Colin Firth, established Green Carpet Challenge to help to raise awareness of environmental issues in the fashion world and support the work of ethical fashion brands.
Famous jeweler Mauboussin is launching its first handbag. This will be a new venture for the brand which has only sold jewelry and perfume up until now.
The beige and brown canvas and leather handbag will come in one size. Mauboussin will unveil an ad campaign for this exclusive piece with the slogan “Simplement pour Elle” (“Simply for Her”).
The shots taken by photographer Sylvie Lancrenon show an almost naked Elsa Zylberstein covering up with the Mauboussin handbag. The bag will be available from March and will retail for €500.
Celebrating Gucci’s iconic Flora pattern, the luxury Italian brand has released three versions of their most popular handbags as exclusive buys just for Singapore.
On the style-centric occasion of Fashion’s Night Out, Bottega Veneta has introduced a group of eco-friendly handbags.
Internet fashion portal Refinery 29 worked with DKNY to create the website’s first line of bags. A seven-piece handbag line, Refinery29 + DKNY will go on sale in March 2013 and will be available at DKNY stores, dkny.com and refinery29.com.
The biggest accessory news out of Paris Fashion Week–well is the hula-hoop bag that Karl Lagerfeld showed at Chanel for Tuesday’s Spring 2013 runway show.
The new Jil Sander Vasari bag, which sells for $290, is the most expensive brown paper bag ever made.
The bag is rendered from high-durability coated paper, features stitched seams, four gold colored eyelets and the designer’s logo on the bottom.
French luxury goods brand Lancel has unveiled new bags from their upcoming Fall/Winter 2012 season and among them is the all-new La Charmeuse.
Barbara Rihl has collaborated with Pierre Herme to produce a collection of luxury leather handbags.
A couple at home and at work, these two creative geniuses decided to blend their spheres of creativity and co-produce the collection.
The UK has topped a ranking of countries with the highest affinity for luxury handbags, while labels including Coach, Louis Vuitton and Chanel top a compilation of the most searched luxury handbag brands globally.
This first digital analysis of the luxury handbag market, dubbed World Luxury Index Handbags, has been presented by Paris-based luxury executives’ online community Luxury Society and international company Digital Luxury Group.
The Hermes Kelly Picnic Bag preserves the iconic shape of the legendary Kelly Bag and combines the basket wavy art with the leather manufacturer!
The retal price was $10,000 when it was released last year, but now resellers have it listed at over $20,000 for its rarity and collectible status.
Italian fashion house Fendi is celebrating the 15th anniversary of its legendary Baguette handbag with a book called Fendi Baguette ($125).
Published by Rizzoli, the new book features 250 pages dedicated to the small, rectangular handbag that Silvia Venturini Fendi conceived back in 1997.
It is being billed as the catalogue raisonne for the Baguette, a comprehensive and exhaustive reference for all things Baguette.
Alice Dellal becomes the face of Chanel Boy handbag collection. Accompanying the new advertisement is “My New Friend Boy”, a video directed by Karl Largerfeld.
Hermes, which already produces the world’s most expensive functional handbags, the Kelly and the Birkin, has unveiled four new designs, each priced at $1.9 Million.
The miniature totes, which are crafted from gold and studded with thousands of precious stones, double up as high jewellery.
Significantly smaller than the popular leather versions, they are designed to be worn as a bracelet, with the handbag strap resting on the wrist.
Carmina Campus, the label founded by Ilaria Venturini Fendi, has realised a truly unique collection realized in collaboration with Mini.
The bags use the materials left over from the prototypes of the Mini Roadster, which includes discarded color samples, seat leather, soft-top caves and body plates.
The capsule collection, very chic and inspired by the principles of recycling, includes weekend and city bags, both for men and women.
One of the most talked about pieces from the ongoing London Fashion Week is a Richard Nicoll handbag that can power a cell phone.
Nicoll unveiled the elegant white tote — which was designed in collaboration with phone company Vodafone — at his presentation February 19.
Designed to charge Blackberries, iPhones and androids while on the move, The Telegraph reports that the final product will go on sale this Spring.
Rising London-based designer Mary Katrantzou has collaborated with French label Longchamp for a collection of Eastern-influenced handbags.
Designed with the vision “When East meets West”, the line continues Katrantzou’s signature patterned aesthetic, and includes an array of totes adorned in Eastern-inspired motifs such as orchids and paper lanterns.
With a pre-exclusive launch scheduled January 23, the line will be available at Parisian boutique Colette, whose e-commerce site offers international shipping.
American actress Mila Kunis has been named as the new face for the Spring Summer 2012 campaign of luxury brand Christian Dior.
Kunis is the latest in a long line of movie stars such as Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor and Grace Kelly, to be associated with Dior.
The 28-year-old actress is thrilled with her appointment, although admits her day-to-day style doesn’t always match the luxurious Dior aesthetic.
In celebration of the Year of the Dragon, Coach has collaborated with Chinese artist Zhang Lan to put his stamp on a collection of exclusive items.
Mr. Lan’s dragon illustration, in the traditional style of ink painting, adorns Coach’s iconic tote shape, as well as an assortment of matching small leather goods.
The gold design pops against a backdrop of the brand’s Signature pattern in mahogany.
WWD suggests that Chanel creative director Karl Lagerfeld’s latest muse is model/rocker Alice Dellal, hinting she could be the next face for Chanel handbags.
Dellal, famed for her half-shaved head and being a drummer in Thrush Metal, can typically be seen wearing ripped jeans, biker jackets and fishnet tights.
Gossip Girl star Blake Lively is currently the face of the Mademoiselle range, and Lily Allen modelled for the Cocoon bag campaign back in 2009.