Aware of the environment and of human beings, Olivia Clergue has chosen to produce in France in order to benefit from craftsmen with ancestral knowledge, but also to avoid pollutant or greenhouse gas emissions. Designed in her Parisian studio, the bags are built in the form of prototypes, before being tested by the designer and her team, and later produced in small quantity. To this end, Olivia Clergue works with a family company based in the Anjou region, which allows her to stay close to her manufacturer and to follow the finishing.
The bags in vegetable tanning leather are made from premium French calf leather using the best part of the skins, that are tanned with natural ingredients and sewn with waxed yarn, to guarantees a maximum of stability and durability . The lining is in organic French denim. The bags in Nappa leather are made from the best Italian calf leather tanned in compliance with European regulations, which impose strictest requirements for every aspect of the production process in order to be environmentally friendly. Metal pieces are made especially in Italy with ecologic brass, which is lead-free and environmentally friendly. It is then gilded with 24 carats gold, polished to obtain a unique brushed finish, and varnished to avoid oxidation. Zippers are from the Swiss brand Riri, whose pursuing of ethical attention to the environmental and social impacts is a key element of their approach, based on quality and uniqueness. The storage bags are made of organic cotton printed with ecological ink, like the shopping bags offered at Olivia Clergue’s store at the time of your purchase.