Responsibility of Saddler
Fashion – made with sustainable passion
First and foremost: a Saddler accessory should make the owner look good. But it must also feel good to wear. We have a responsibility to ourselves and to the world – to do what we can to make our products in a sustainable manner. This includes everything from procuring raw material to manufacturing the finished product. We`re also responsible for using our knowledge and good reputation to influence partners and colleagues in the fashion and leather industries. Here are the focus areas we identified for our sustainability initiatives:
PRODUCT QUALITY AND SAFETY
Delivering high-quality accessories is second nature to us; this in turn puts rigorous requirements on raw materials. To ensure that the leather we purchase is of the highest possible quality and doesn`t contain hazardous substances, we continuously check the leather`s chemical content. Because tanning-process chemicals affect product quality and safety, it`s important that clear guidelines exist regarding what chemicals to use and ways in which to use them.
Saddler`s basic principle is that its products should not contain substances that colud be harmful to people or planet. Saddler most promote environmental awareness among all employees. Our Our environmental initiatives must be continuously evaluated. We comply with legal requirements and integrate the environmental aspect into our procurements. We believe in the motto “every little bit helps”. Reducing our daily impact on the environment is important to us.
RESPONSIBLE SUPPLY CHAIN
Our ambition is to take responsibility for our entire product chain – from raw material procurement to finished product. This includes working actively for greater raw material traceability and ensuring that our suppliers employyees work under fair, safe conditions. To ensure that our suppliers meet our requirements, we`ve been a member of the Business Social Compliance initiative (BSCI) since 2006. Through BSCI, we get tools and methods to conduct systamatic improvement in our supply chain as per the BSCI.
Quality demands skilled artisans
Saddler works with everything from large-scale factories with their own tanneries to small family operations with specialist expertise. Many of our relationships extend far back in time. In some cases, we`re entering the second generation. The basis of partnership is always the individual supplier`s ability to meet our highest standards of artisanship. And through conscious choices, we can contribute to fair working conditions and lower environmental impact. For Saddler, it´s a matter of holding constant dialogues with suppliers – to work together on the spot – developing methods that contribute to higher quality and more sustainable production.
Leather is tanned hide (skin), which is treated so that its natural strength and elasticity are preserved. Tanning yields material that is durable while being pliable – with natural ability to breathe. Leather has an incredible ability to become more beautiful with time. It´s one of the few materials in the fashion industry whose fragrance is an essential part of a quality experience. No wonder we like what we do.
Types of leather:
Grain leather: Leather whose hair side (grain) is removed. Examples of grain leather are corrected grain, nappa, and nubuck.
Embossed grain: Grain leather that´s embossed so that it has a patternsuch as alligator.
Nappa: Grain leather from smaller animals, such as goats, lambs, calves, or pigs.
Nubuck: Grain leather that´s slightly abraded to yield a very fine, smooth pile.
Split: The layer of the skin facing inward on the animal. Separated from the grain side on a splitting machine. Examples of split leather are coated split and suede.
Suede: A special leather in which the inside is turned outside and roughened to get a velvet-likesurface.
Coated split leather: Split leather coated with urethane – or embossed with a pattern so that it looks like patterned grain leather, such as alligator, snake, and ostrich.
Bonded leather: Also known as reconstituted or blended leather. Consists of scraps and fibers that are bonded back into larger pieces using a bonding agent. The mixture maycontain between 60 and 99 percent organic leather.
Stomach: Here we get somewhat smaller but fine pieces that fit well into smaller bags, wallets, and other leather products.
Neck: Here the skin is the thickets and most durable, which is perfect for belts, The rectangular shape is also well suited for belts.
Back: Here the skin is strong and durable (like at the neck) and suitable for belts. This shape also minimizes spillage.
Side: Here it´s possible to get out larger pieces that fit well into bags. From bits on the edges , we make wallets and other small leather products.