Sustainable leather bags by KEES!

We believe that nothing is more beautiful (and smells better) as real leather and that’s why we started our brand-new Dutch fashion label for sustainable leather bags.

Debbie graduated from Design Academy Eindhoven in 2013 and is the owner of KEES bags. Her love for the natural properties of bio-leather inspired her to design bags that make the leather the center of attention. This means she deliberately chose to leave the lining out (so the leather stays visible within the bag) and went for a minimalistic design without any distractions. A bag like a bag should be: good for you and good for the planet!

Why KEES?
We believe that every woman deserves a ‘man’ on her arm that brings out the best in her. As KEES is a very common Dutch male name, we named our brand after it. And just like any other man, KEES is unique. That’s why we chose to use the most natural leather, which means your KEES might show small natural signs of color differences, spots or damages. We believe this contributes to the overall look and feel of KEES, as those ‘imperfections’ make him into the man he is today.

Production
At KEES we find the world around us of utmost importance. That’s why we continuously look for improvements in our entire production process, by making the right choices for the environment. That’s why we are extremely proud to share with you that all our KEES bags are made of Portuguese Bio-leather. This leather is tanned without any harmful chemicals, which means it doesn’t negatively impact the environment. It is even biodegradable! Because of its natural characteristics, 100% of disintegrability is obtained in less than 15 days!* Therefore, the tannery uses it in their compost heap to fertilize the surrounding farmland. Next to that, the leather is soft for the (sensitive) skin, because of this natural way of tanning.

*(Oh, and don’t be scared your new KEES bag is going to decay in 15 days, we took care of that with a natural coating. So no worries!)

When the leather is ready it goes to the production facility, an hour drive from the tannery. We deliberately chose to outsource our entire production in Portugal, instead of a country on the other side of the world (such as India or China). Why? Because we can visit the Portuguese tannery and production facility very easy, as it is just a short airplane ride away. And this is not only fun (because this way we know every person that is working on our bags by name) but we can keep an eye on the process and overall quality as well. Next to that, we are ensured that the people that work on our bags get an honest salary, live in good circumstances) and that the entire process is honest and sustainable.