The Karl Lagerfeld brand has revealed its first collaboration with actress, model and activist Amber Valletta, focusing on a series of ethical and eco-responsible accessories.

Alternatives to animal and synthetic leather are numerous and steadily increasing; the fashion industry seems keen to progressively integrate them into future collections. From mushroom fibers, as used by Hermès and Stella McCartney, cactus leather seems to be on the up. This is not the first time that this material has been used in fashion, but it’s making an star appearance as one of two main materials of the first collaboration collection by Karl Lagerfeld x Amber Valletta.

A longtime muse of the label, Amber Valletta is known for her commitment to sustainability. It’s no surprise, then, that the collection is eco-responsible range of accessories for Spring 2021, designed to limits its environmental impact. This first collaboration also affirms the Karl Lagerfeld brand in the its commitment to creating more sustainable fashion, that was announced in 2019 when it joined the Fashion Pact.

Comprising a dozen pieces, the collection highlights the iconic K/Kushion bag, offered in two eco-friendly materials: Desserto cactus leather, available in pleated or seamless versions, and GRS (Global Recycle Standard)-certified recycled cotton; both of which have been coloured with organic pigments. Other pieces include a protective mask, card holder, and wash-bag.

Available now on the brand’s e-shop and on Zalando, the collection will be offered from Friday in all Karl Lagerfeld stores worldwide, at prices ranging from 49 to 395 euros. A portion of the profits from the sale of the eco-friendly K/Kushion bag will be donated to The Ocean Cleanup non-profit organization.

K/Kushion in recycled cotton (Image courtesy of Karl Lagerfeld)

This is just the beginning of the creative encounter between Karl Lagerfeld and Amber Valletta. A second sustainable collection, this time including ready-to-wear, is already in the works for Spring 2022.

This article was published via AFP Relaxnews.

Images courtesy of KarlLagerfeld.com