I was visiting unannounced, hoping to talk to workers and managers about the environmental and social problems created by the move. We followed a truck piled high with hides into the Savar Tannery Estate. The smell was a good indication we were approaching the tanneries - a powerful odour which intensified on approach.
To cite Oscar Wilde, too many of us know the price of everything, but the value of nothing. Thankfully, transparency is now determining price tags much more than before and consumers will vote with their purses. Economics of scale state that it's the global companies who have the most capacity to foster systemic change, so let's hope that 'luxury' leads the way.
Shoe production is a shady world. There is little to no transparency throughout the shoe industry, and complex global supply chains make it nearly impossible to pick up a shoe in a high street store and trace its origins.
But recently while clicking around Facebook I came across something that really shocked me. It's a few years old now but the photo showed a poor cow being skinned alive in China for her leather whilst her limbs had been cut off to prevent it from moving.
Two years on from my original idea and I have now launched my business. I have one style of handbag in four different colours, waiting to enter someones life of memories and chapters. Though the basis of my business is about the design of my products, I aim to encourage other businesses to support our treasured craftspeople of the country.
As shoe consumption continues to rise, it is vital that we stop the exploitation and poverty trap that women homeworkers find themselves in. The answer is not the knee-jerk reaction that some brands may advocate of banning homeworking from their supply chains.
According to Naomi Campbell's latest magazine shoots the best way to wear this autumn/winter's trend for leather is to make
Take a peek inside your wardrobe. Do you have any leather gloves or belts? Leather handbags or wallets? Unless you are a long-time vegan, you probably have something made of leather. If so, then now may be the time to bury that dead skin. As a new investigation has revealed, those leather accessories might have been made from man's best friend.
One sure-fire way to start a heated fashion debate is to discuss leather jeans. They are the marmite of the fashion world - you either love them or you hate them. I have heard many strong opinions on how women of a certain age shouldn't wear leather jeans.
Are you an experienced upholsterer with skills in leather and fabric upholstery as well as cosmetic leather repairs? Then