Materials Matter

I wouldn’t have started a “non-leather” brand if there wouldn’t be something truly wrong with leather production. 

FERRON - Vegan Designer Handbags and Why Materials Matter

This page could have been a lot nicer (and also much shorter), highlighting FERRON's fine materials in beautiful imagery and celebrating everything you will love about the bag. And while I'm going to do this on social media and in other sections on, I welcome you to the most important message.

Understanding why I choose non-leather materials goes hand in hand with an understanding of why I didn't choose leather derived from animal skin.

Styles will change, fashion will evolve and beauty will be ever present, yet let’s not close our eyes - someone who doesn’t have a voice pays for everything.

WARNING: Don’t scroll further down if you are sensitive to disturbing images of animal cruelty. I included images that highly support my 'why'.


Cow looks out of transport truck just outside slaughterhouse gates. Canada, 2012.
Copyright: Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals



Skinned alive and slaughtered. 2015, Bangladesh.
Copyright: People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)


Heap of wet and salted cow skins

Heap of wet and salted cow skins. Australia, 2017.
Copyright: Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals


Leona Lewis Explains Why Leather Is Hell for Animals and Children in Bangladesh.


Still with me? Let's Talk Environment!


FERRON - Vegan Designer Handbags and Why Vegan Leather is Better for the Environment

As a vegan designer brand, I want to create stunning bags that you will fall in love with. As you just saw, my first choice for materials is purely based on principle, starting with animals in mind. Therefore, I opted for Polyurethane (PU) and Microfiber that provide the luxury feel of real leather without harming a single animal.

The exterior of the bag is structured, yet perfectly imitates the soft feel of pebbled leather that you would expect from a luxury leather bag. The lining is made out of microfiber, which is durable, yet smooth to the touch.

And yes, I wish I could say that synthetic alternatives are already perfect and come with no environmental concerns. While this is not the case yet, new technologies will soon provide plant-based leather alternatives that are 100% biodegradable. Until that is possible, I want to demystify the environmental impact of synthetic alternatives and compare it to leather made from animal skins. 

At this point in time, PU leather has less than half of the environmental impact than leather derived from animals.

This is the outcome of two major studies within the fashion industry. The first study, Pulse of the Fashion Industry, was published by The Global Fashion Agenda, in collaboration with The Boston Consulting Group and came to the following conclusion:

3 of the 4 worst materials for the environment, per kilogram, are derived from animals, according to the research.

Pulse of the Fashion Industry

Source: Pulse of the Fashion Industry


The second study came to a similar conclusion and was released by the International Fashion Conglomerate, Kering, who owns quite a few of the worlds most renowned luxury brands (see a list here). The environmental impact of synthetics is about half compared to processing animal skin. 

Kering Environmental Profit & Loss (EP&L)

Source: Kering Environmental Profit & Loss (EP&L)


Mission to push boundaries 

'I couldn't tell the difference from a real leather bag' - is the highest compliment that I have received because you really just can’t.

But the real beauty of FERRON is that you will always be able to tell the story of how it’s made differently than leather bags derived from animals.

This is FERRON