Since 1995, Matt & Nat have been
creating eco/vegan friendly designer bags, putting them at the
forefront of the green designer movement.
Each season Matt & Nat take plastic bottles and transform
them into a new material to create luxurious, fashionable designer
bags, allowing their customers to be both chic and
If you're wondering how many bottles it takes to make an
eco-friendly bag, it differs, according to the size of the bag. A small
wallet may take only 1 plastic bottle to create, but anywhere from
15-55 recycled plastic bottles may go into the material used to make a
small to large handbag.
Although the bags look as though they are made of quality
leather, they are actually created out of cleverly transformed plastic
bottles that are made into different materials, including nylon and
felt. Combining clever materials with the heavy hardware that is the
focal point of today's It bags, Matt & Nat are continually
keeping up with the latest trends in fashion.
None of the Matt & Nat bags use leather and plan to phase
out the use of harmful PVC plastics. Instead the company will use PU.
As part of their continued efforts to improve their products and
maintain an eye on conscientious production, Matt & Nat products
will be labeled child labor free and the designers visit all their
factories 4 times a year to inspect conditions.
Matt & Nat understand that men and women will continue to
buy bags, and seek to provide them with quality, beautiful bags that
are also an eco-friendly option.
Bag collections for Matt & Nat include a variety of sizes
and design options, including shoulder bags, clutches, weekend bags,
computer bags as well as wallets and others.
Like many high-end luxury goods purveyors, each Matt & Nat
bag has a name, as well as color options. The Everest from the current
Spring 09 Japanese Paper collection is available in classic black as
well as currently popular mustard, amongst other choices.
From their home base in Montreal, Matt & Nat not only feed
the homeless four times a year, they also encourage their customers to
engage in recycling by donating their old handbags to their favorite
charities, Dress for Success and Project Chance Resident.
The designer bags come at prices comparable similar to other
designer bags that aren't as environmentally friendly, ranging from $80
to $300 and can be found in high-end department stores including
Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Saks and Bloomingdales as well as in trendy
boutiques that are celebrity favorites including Fred Segal and Holt
Although quality, good-looking vegan products can be hard to
find, Matt& Nat have definitely maintained their place at the head
of the back, thanks to their elegant, architectural designs and
innovative use of vegan materials.