While the fashion industry still has a long way to go in regards to creating a highly sustainable and highest possible quality substitute for animal leather, we are currently blessed with one of the most innovative substitutes available – cactus leather.
Cactus leather is a more sustainable leather alternative made from Opuntia Cactus (also known as Nopal) that has been developed in Mexico. The production process of cactus leather starts at a certified organic cactus farm in the state of Zacatecas in Mexico. To make cactus leather, just the mature leaves are harvested, keeping the core of cacti intact. Thanks to this, in 6-8 months the leaves will grow back in order to be re-harvested again. The cactus plant requires very little water to grow. Rainwater is enough, without any need for artificial irrigation, so no nasty toxins on your skin, which are common in conventional leather.
With a durability of around ten years, the cactus leather’s basic features, elasticity, and breathability are similar to those of animal or synthetic leather. The final cactus leather product is partially biodegradable and has no toxic chemicals, phthalates, or PVC.
A classic iconic faux-leather trench coat, in its most sustainable version so far, made of 100% cactus leather from Mexico and with soft and toxic-free lyocell lining (eucalyptus tree pulp) in three different colours. Cactus leather is water repellent and lightweight and makes this trench coat a must have capsule wardrobe piece all year round. The world’s first Cactus Leather Trench Coat is designed by the talented Aleksandra Eric from daire.world and ethically hand-tailored in a small workshop in Europe, run by women.
COLOR: BLACK LINING COLOUR: Olive Green, Mustard Yellow, Dusty Pink SIZE: One size. The model is 175 cm/ 5′ 8″ tall. See more about size and fit under “The Cut”.