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Is Vegan Leather Good For You?

JL Rocha

Say no to Vegan Leather

After hearing  that the Falabella bag by Stella McCartney was constructed from a leather substitute, and that Natalie Portman was starting her own vegan leather shoe line, I started to wonder: what the heck is  ‘vegan leather’ anyway?  And is it really more eco-friendly than authentic leather?

This leather substitute is used to make clothing, shoes, accessories, upholstery and more. It’s often indistinguishable from the real thing, and is much cheaper to manufacture than leather –even though designers, like McCartney, inflate the price. While a few vegan leathers are cork- or kelp-based, the vast majority of faux leather has been around for ages, and is made of scary materials like polyvinyl chloride (PVC), polyurethane and textile-polymer composite microfibres.

'Vegan leather’ reeks, literally and figuratively, of petroleum.

Vegan Leather and the Environment

It gets worse. Both leather and vegan leather production emit chemicals harmful to the environment and factory workers alike. Leather production’s preparatory stage, in which the raw animal hide is prepared for tanning, usually incorporates substances (like hydrogen sulfide and ammonia) which put factory workers at risk for skin, respiratory, ocular or nerve damage, or in cases of extreme overexposure, death.

The tanning stage prevents hides from rotting (as normal skin would normally do), often through the use of  chromium, which then leaks into nearby soil and water at high enough levels to be carcinogenic and mutagenic. For every ton of hide produced, twenty to eighty cubic metres of chemically toxic, pathogen-contaminated wastewater is unleashed on the environment. And Amazon rainforests are being depleted at a rate of one hectare every eighteen seconds by cattle ranchers looking to cash in on a bustling market for luxury leather items.

Despite these eco-horrors, many eco-warriors find vegan leather production even worse. For example, the manufacture and incineration of PVC-based synthetics produce one of the most toxic chemicals known to man: dioxins. Found in almost every single modern human’s body, dioxins promote developmental disturbances and increase cancer risks tenfold.

Since plastic-based synthetics don’t fully biodegrade, they produce micro-particles that are ingested by animals and thus enter the food chain at all levels: even Arctic polar bears have been found to have dioxins in their bloodstream. When it does break down, vegan leather releases phthalates—initially added as a softening agent—which subsequently enter the food chain and the atmosphere, causing breathing problems, breast cancers, hormonal disruptions and birth defects.

Microfiber, Mega Problem

Many major vegan leather brands claim their products are made of ‘eco friendly’ PU (Polyurethane) microfibers, used because their ‘feel’ is similar to that of leather, and it can be imprinted with grains that mimic suede and natural skins. But make no mistake–there is no such thing as ‘eco friendly’ PU.

In the production of microfiber-based synthetics, textiles and polymers are often layered together and compressed several times through metal rollers, then submersed in a coagulation solution to solidify. This chemical process requires excessive levels of toxic substances like dimethylformamide, which has also been linked to cancer and birth defects, and acetic acid, high doses of which can damage skin and eyes.

Please be conscious and be responsible. We are just “borrowing” the planet for a while, lets think of the future generations. We at JL Rocha solemly pledge that we will never use "vegan leather” in any of pur products.

Men's Fashion Week NYC

JL Rocha

Today marks the beginning of the CFDA's Men's Fashion Week: New York. The events will be sponsored by Amazon’s fashion sites – including Amazon Fashion, East Dane, and MyHabit with additional support from Cadillac, Shinola, DreamWorks Animation and Dockers.

The first ever of its kind, opening ceremonies will begin today at 6:00 PM New York time, followed by a three day showcase of many classic men's wear favorites such as Polo Ralph Lauren, 

Rag and Bone, John Varvatos and many more.

We anticipate that this event marks a new age of men's fashion, with much more cutting edge competition to stay current and stay unique.

While men's fashion has been featured in Fashion Week New York, we are anxious to see what designers bring to the table for this new forum of display for the upcoming year.

What we are wearing: 

Today is all about style and simplicity, we will be wearing our Single Monk J.L. Rocha Honey colored shoes, along with pink Ralph Lauren chinos, and a linen textured banana republic shirt and honey colored accessories. 

Light colors for the summer weather beat the heat and remain classic and stylish, let us know what you're wearing on Instagram using the hashtag #JLRFW and tell us what you think by commenting on the blog.

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Fast fashion is bad fashion

JL Rocha

The phrase "fast fashion" is now part of our every day speech. From corporate offices to schools, everyone talks about it or knows about it.

Fast fashion is great business, the owners of brands such as H&M, Zara, etc., are among the richest persons in the world. However, that doesn't mean that is good business for the rest of us.

The loose description for "Fast Fashion" is: styles and designs from runways to stores in the fastest possible time at the cheapest cost.

The reality of this business practice is that the value of the pieces are so low due to the lack of quality materials and, most disturbingly, sweatshops.

This is a reality that is not new, many mainstream brands have had this problem before but always blame the supply chain stating that they had no control over who makes the clothes once they submit orders to a reputable factory over seas.

We invite you to be responsible when you shop. These practices are still alive because of us. The more we purchase from these companies the bigger they get and the more our planet suffers, since almost everything in the making of the garments or shoes is synthetic (plastic,rubber and such) the pollution factor is very high and the sustainability is not there.

Buy locally made products if you can or buy from countries and companies with high standards of quality and moral/social responsibility, choose quality over price and never let a trend be better than common sense 

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