It’s important for us not to use leather. Simply put, we don’t like hurting animals and we care about the welfare of the planet. Our collections are all designed by our close-knit team in Montreal, Quebec. We develop prototypes and collections based on our sketches, using our signature vegan leathers and using eco-friendly materials like recycled nylon, cork and rubber. The bags are then produced in China, in small factories we’ve had long-standing relationships with. We only collaborate with factories that are in line with our ethos and verify regularly our operations are up to standards. We make sure the factories we work with qualify for the SA8000 standard certification.
Various vegan leathers are used in production, the scientific terms are PU (polyurethane) and PVC (polyvinylchloride). PU is less harmful for the environment than PVC and it’s use is definitely preferred, whenever possible. In addition to being vegan, sustainable materials are constantly sourced in design; these include recycled nylons, cork and rubber. Moreover, all our linings are made of 100% recycled bottles. Approximately 21 plastic bottles are recycled for every bag we produce.
We strive to design timeless and durable styles. Each season, several quality control tests are performed on all new styles. We also appropriate ourselves these styles and test them in our daily lives. By doing this, we test the wear and tear of our materials and make sure that our bags are as functional and resistant as they are fashionable. The designs are well thought out and meant to be practical. Furthermore, thanks to their durability and strength, our bags can last a very long time and, hence, are sustainable products.
OUR FACTORIES: WORKERS MATTER, EVERY STEP OF THE WAY
Building personal relationships with each of our factories is important to us. We regularly visit diligently each factory and make it a point to build strong bonds with the owners; they too are a part of the Matt & Nat family. We make sure that while we provide you with a quality product, the conditions of the workers developing it are up to par with our standards.
One of our factories operates by the SA8000 standard, which ensures quality work conditions for all. We hope to make the latter a bigger part of our production, in the future.
EACH SEASON, NEW INITIATIVES
With each season, we make it a point to offer our customers the cutting edge of ethical and eco-friendly fashion. Our materials are consistently improved and updated with composites that are less harmful for flora and fauna.
Our materials are always vegan. PU is always preferred over PVC, as it is less harmful for the environment. More renewable materials like cork and rubber are also frequently used in our designs. All our linings are always made out of 100% recycled plastic bottles; on average, that represents over 120 000 recycled bottles a year.
IN SIMPLE TERMS
Live beautifully is our mantra. Its meaning is broad yet easy to understand; simply put we take care of our planet as it takes care of us. We love the environment and aim to work with it to offer you sustainable, ecological and highly fashionable accessories.
“We are not perfect but we aim to better ourselves with time. The vegan spirit of Matt & Nat will live on. Our learning journey has just begun.” – Manny Kohli, President & CEO