how we design sustainability
MODHER’s handbags are made in Italy by expert craftsmen, where exceptional skills fit with our ethical values. Our small-batch productions and short supply chain allow us to have in person relationships with our artisans before, during and after the handcrafting of our handbags.
In the mission to keep our carbon footprint as low as possible, we leave no stone unturned.
We use leather exclusively produced in Italy where the production cycles are strictly monitored to ensure a low impact on the environment.
The raw material is a by-product of Italian and European origins. No animal is killed for its skin, what would otherwise be discarded by the food industry is transformed into long-lasting luxury pieces.
There is no redundant packaging, and all bags are shipped in recycled gift cardboard and chlorine-free paper, in 100% cotton dust bags.
Our inventory is shipped to the USA using carbon neutral shipments.
Our partners are family-owned factories, who comply with EU regulations and go beyond the standard environmental guideline.
"When I realized the environmental impact of microfibers, synthetic materials and plastic in the fashion industry, I decided to put my effort into designing a plastic-free, natural leather experience.
My goal is to make sure that every step we take is thoughtful, from respecting the labor process to protecting the environment.
We traveled across Italy to find suppliers who are fully committed to provide a safe and healthy workspace for their workers and to apply all the latest technologies in order to protect and preserve our ecosystem."
GIANNA CARAVELLO, FOUnDER
CRAFTSMANSHIP AND COMMUNITY
WE PROMOTE CRAFTSMANSHIP AS THE FOUNDATION OF OUR ETHICAL AND SUSTAINABLE LUXURY
We have established our manufacturing process along the Arno river, in the historic leather district in Italy.
All our materials, leather, metal accessories, packaging are sourced locally. We partnered with expert artisans to handcraft our handbags
We have established MODHER on the fundamentals of ethical labor and sustainable practices
We work within Europe, where child labour is explicitly banned in the European Union under the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union 2000.
We regularly audit our partners and suppliers to ensure that the employees are provided proper work conditions, hygiene, and safety, as well as in prohibiting any form of child labour, forced labour, or illegal employment.
We strive, from the beginning, to offer our customers sustainable and high-quality handbags at a reasonable and fair price
We are able to offer the fairest price for our customers because we do not rely on intermediaries or distributors and we do not run expensive marketing campaigns. The fairest price for our customers ensures at the same time fair rewards for our craftsmen and high quality materials.
For prices to be truly fair, they must stay the same all year long. That’s why we don’t run mark-downs or offers. However, during special events we do love gifting our customers a sale price for their support and trust.
ECO-CERTIFIED VEGETABLE TANNED LEATHER
Between Pisa and Florence, we found the right material that met our goal: certified vegetable-tanned leather. A material that holds quality, story and appeal. The vegetable tanning is an artisanal tradition that Tuscan tanneries in Italy have been handed down in families for centuries, mixing antique recipes and modern technology. A traditional process based on the use of natural tannins, a substance that can be found in many different trees and vegetables. These natural tannin make the veg-tanned leather unique and distinguishable. Today only 22 tanneries, most of which are family run, pass the strict selection criteria required to have their leather certified.
Just a few miles south of Florence, in the Arezzo area, renowned for the artisanal production of gold jewelry, we source our metal accessories.
In the Vinci valley, between vineyards and olive trees, we select our packaging manufacturer. Our gift boxes are made out of 100% post-consumer FSC paper and recycled cardboards. The branded dust-bags in cotton and flannel are handmade by small family owned factories.
WE WILL NEVER USE PLASTIC LININGS OR FINISHINGS, FAUX LEATHER, MICROFIBERS OR OTHER TYPES OF SYNTHETIC MATERIALS.
Leather has been a preferred material for millennia because of its durability, versatility and beauty. If sourced correctly it is a sustainable material. It is fully natural and biodegradable, which means no additional plastics that end up floating in our oceans. It can be decomposed in less than 50 years, while synthetic derived from petrochemicals could take as many as 500 years to break down.
Our gift boxes are made with 100% recycled, post- consumer and chlorine-free paper (FSC® Recycled, European Ecolabel, Heavy metal absence, Process Chlorine Free) and recycled cardboard. Each item is carefully tucked into a soft flannel dust bag .
International Total Quality Assurance laboratory conducts mechanical, physical and chemical tests, to guarantee their sustainability, safety and quality. They tested and certified all our material against the presence of heavy metals, such as nickel, chrome, lead. We were able to meet the REACH and the California Prop. 65 requirements.
Sustainable production process
SHORT AND TRANSPARENT SUPPLY CHAIN
With the goal to keep our carbon footprint as low as possible we decided to localize our supply chain and production sites along a short mileage range. All the raw material comes from Europe with no overseas shipments or suppliers. We ship our inventory to the US using carbon neutral shipments.
We are proud to work with small family-owned factories that support the local community and are committed with ethical labor and respect for the environment, while being able to work with the best international luxury brands. We are conscious about requiring continuous and ongoing evaluation to improve and adapt our business, maintaining a strong relationship with our partners who share our values.
The tanneries that we selected have made huge investments in depuration systems and waste recycling: many by-products of the tanning process are recovered, recycled and reused. Hair from raw hides is transformed into agricultural fertilizer, residues from the depuration plants are converted into bricks.
START-UP B-CORP PENDING
B-Corp Certification, which Inc. has called "the highest standard for socially responsible businesses.", has assigned MODHER the pending B-corp certification, we have successfully completed the B Impact Assessment and received the
B-corp certification for startups.