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Radley Stories

Craft & Design at Radley London

Matching Materials

20 September 2022

Nine months before a collection launches

We’re committed to making the most beautiful handbags (as well as purses, footwear and many more accessories) in the most responsible way. Starting with the right materials.

HOW WE CHOOSE LEATHER

Leather is in our DNA. And we never stop striving to set a new standard for quality. That’s why we know that leather sourced responsibly (from Leather Working Group-accredited tanneries) is softer to the touch and to the planet.

What does the Leather Working Group do?

  • It’s a not-for-profit organisation responsible for the world's leading environmental certification for the leather manufacturing industry

  • Ensures high standards throughout the supply chain with regular audits of its members and provides guidelines for continual improvement

  • They're working to support the leather industry to achieve deforestation-free supply chains

Some more facts about our leather

  • It’s a by-product of the food industry

  • We’ll never use exotic or endangered skins

  • Any croc or snake effect leather you see from us is simply an embossing technique

  • We cut our leather with care to minimise waste

Find out more over on our Sustainability page about our Gold Standard leather.

EVEN BETTER WITH AGE

Our Designers are experts in choosing the right leather for the right bag. From slouchy styles like Hillgate Place, to incredible textures that work best on structured styles like Liverpool Street 2.0 Croc.

Did you know?
It takes 46 pieces of leather to achieve that slouchy style for each Hillgate Place medium grab multiway.  

Our partners in India will send a selection to choose from each season, and it’s a painstaking process to match a new bag with the right leather. We’re known for colour, right? Well not every kind of leather will look its best in a bright orange or vibrant blue.

AND WE CONTINUE TO INNOVATE WITH OUR FABRICS

Did you know that all of our new non-leather styles are crafted with recycled material? Each one is part of our Radley Responsible collection. 

Discover more on our Sustainability page. Including how we stop plastic bottles from going to landfill with each bag.

IT’S OVER TO OUR ARTISAN MAKERS FOR THE NEXT STEP