We believe in slow fashion - Created by hand and made to last. Turning away from mass production, each piece is skillfully hand-crafted in New Zealand from the finest leather and components. Our passion lies in creating timeless, functional and practical products from the bottom of the world, with love.
To us, the future of the fashion industry lies in conscious creating - designing and producing dreamy products that don't hurt the earth or the people who are creating and consuming them. We are leading the way, and we are determined to do things differently.
What is Vegetable Tanned Leather?
Vegetable tanning is an artisan tradition that has been handed down from generation to generation for centuries, mixing ancient recipes and state-of-the-art technology.
The transformation from raw hides into finished leather is a process that happens slowly in wooden drums, with full respect for humans and the environment. This process starts with natural tannins extracted from trees, uses modern technology and machinery, and needs the slow passage of time.
We find mass consumption uninspiring. We care deeply where our components come from, and the people who supply us. We will always source responsibly and look deeper into the supply chain to take care of each merchant, maker and consumer.
Each finished product has been touched by over 10 pairs of hands, all uniquely passionate about the values we share.
Fashion is about more than just things- its about feelings - we design pieces to make you feel empowered and confident. Each item can be layered over any wardrobe, accentuating the personal style of the individual wearer.
Be bold, be adventurous x
Our sustainability mission...
We truly believe in slow fashion, changing the wasteful and toxic fashion industry one brand at a time. That's where we come in: Rhémy products will last a lifetime. We source only from Tanneries that recover and reuse substances created during the tanning process. Hairs removed from raw hides are transformed into agricultural fertilizer; sludge produced by the depuration plants is reused in the construction field to make bricks.
Vegetable Tanned Leather does not contain any toxic substances such as azo-dyes, nickel, PCP or Chromium 6, and its biodegradable at the end of its lifetime. All the hides we choose are discarded by-products of the food industry producing meat for human consumption. This means no animal is killed for its skin.
We use only sustainable and environmentally friendly leather. Additionally, we strive for zero waste and ensure every inch of the hide is used - NOTHING is discarded. Our sustainability policy extends to our leather adhesives - we use a water based formula - healthier for our craftspeople and better for our environment.
Our workspace looks over the Port Hills with sweeping views of the city where we create our products. We care deeply about the people who help to bring these products to life. Everyone in the supply chain has been chosen because they pay living wages, practise fair working conditions and don't expose their employees to harmful and unhealthy toxins. We abide by all of these values and are passionately working towards a more ethical, sustainable, and transparent industry. To us, the future of the fashion industry lies in conscious creating - designing and producing dreamy products that don't hurt the earth or the people who are creating and consuming them.
We are determined to do the right thing for our planet x