Fashion house Karl Lagerfeld has created a collection of vegan leather handbags made from cactus and organic cotton instead of animal skin.
The collection is a collaboration with 90s supermodel Amber Valetta, who was a friend and muse of the late designer, as well as a sustainability ambassador.
Karl Lagerfeld x Amber Valetta features a vegan version of the iconic K/Kushion bag, using cactus leather to replicate animal skin.
K/Kushion was inspired by the childhood cushion the German designer used to carry around with him on his travels and is internationally recognised by fashionistas as a Lagerfeld design.
Speaking to British Vogue, Amber explained: “It made sense not to reinvent the wheel, but to do something iconic within the brand.”
If you are unfamiliar with the design, the K/Kushion bag features a pleated pattern and folded silhouette, with a chain handle. The vegan version is a gorgeous deep green colour and is complemented by a wallet, cardholder, face mask, wash bag and reusable water bottle.
Vegan cactus leather by Desserto
The vegan K/Kushion uses cactus leather created by Mexican fashion tech company Desserto, who recently partnered with high-street brand H&M to create a sustainable fashion collection.
Desserto is a sustainable and cruelty-free alternative to traditional cowhide, made by drying mature leaves from the plant and converting them into pliable leather.
Back in December, the startup created a collection of sneakers with shoemaker Clae entitled ‘Bradley Cactus’, demonstrating the versatility of cactus leather in the fashion industry.
With countless new collections emerging across the globe using cruelty-free alternatives to leather, fur and exotic skins, it seems that the use of animals in the fashion industry is finally on the way out.
Confused about cruelty-free clothing options?
Here are the myths behind vegan fashion, decoded.