Students of Design welcomes Californian vegan bag line

Hozen Collection bag

Californian vegan bag brand Hozen Collection is now available in the UK via Students of Design (AKA SODS).

Made in small batches at a fair-wage factory in Los Angeles, Hozen's luxury handbags (from £300) are made from synthetic leather and suede, with zips and threads manufactured from 100 per cent recycled post-consumer plastic bottles, natural rubber and remnant rope. Even the labels and packaging are made out of organic cotton or recycled paper.

SODS Hozen 2

The brand – named Hozen after the Japanese word for 'sustainability' – was founded by Rae Nicoletti, a former student of hand leather work under Hermes master artisan Beatrice Amblard in San Francisco. Representing a shift away from the damaging effects of the leather industry, the bags have a circular shape 'as a symbol of conservation and compassion', says SODS.

Ten per cent of Hozen Collection's profits are also donated to the non-profit organisation Mercy for Animals.

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