One of the first biobased leather alternatives that we researched was Vegea, the grape based material made in Regione Lombardia in Italy and we were immediately impressed by the textures, hand feel and amazing range of colours available.
Jennifer was inspired by images of exploring expansive, rolling hills of vineyards scattered across the Italian landscape and of small picturesque villages on warm, sunny days to design a fashion backpack as the perfect companion for these occasions.
It needed to be functionable to carry all the necessities for a day of exploration and sampling fine wines but also stylish in a sophisticated way to complement the romantic textures and vibrant colours alluded to by the surroundings.
To respect the natural, biobased materials used Jennifer also wanted a classical, timeless look that will stand the test of time … introducing the grappaSac, now our signature product.
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We selected Biobased Leather Alternatives to produce our bags to raise awareness about Climate, Biodiversity and Nature.
What is Biobased Leather Alternatives? It's a plant-based and refers to leather-like material that is wholly or partly derived from the food waste or by-products from agriculture - biomass, originally from plants or trees. iFarmaissance uses a variety of biomass sources such as grape residue from the waste of the wine making process and apple residue from the leftover pomace and peel from the fruit juice and compote industry, as well as pineapple leaf fibres and regeneratively grown cactus.
Our founder’s assignment of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, University of Cambridge is now supported by The Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel, in conjunction with The HKSAR Innovation and Technology Commission for R & D Biobased leather alternatives with the professors of City University of Hong Kong to bring this plan to life in a real life scenario and to contribute to a Decarbonisation Solution for the World.
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