Think Small: Coterie

Think Small: Coterie

Think Small: Coterie

Think small is where RLSD takes a look at some of the smaller companies around the world that we think are doing the right thing with leather. This is a greenwashing free zone – no matter what they produce, sustainability is at the heart of what they do.

Think small: Coterie

What makes your company different?

Our beautiful leather handbags and accessories with a distinctive and recognisable aesthetic. Founded on strong eco-conscious and sustainable ethics, our simple and functional pieces are inspired by the natural qualities of leather hide, skillfully designed and made with great attention to detail.

Why is leather so important to you and what other materials do you use?

The leather and hides are sourced from our partners in the furniture industry. They can be anything from over ordered whole hides, half hides, bits missing, panels cut out, scraps. We do occasionally have to order a new hide in direct from the tannery. Already a by-product of the meat industry these hides are of the highest quality, ethically produced to superior European standards. The Welsh wool is sustainably produced in a local family run mill, in the same way it has been since the 17th century.  Our hand printed cotton lining is either organically produced, or salvaged. It may have been a canvas wardrobe in a previous life. The gold print is hand printed, using environmentally friendly water-based ink. Other materials have usually been pulled from the waste bins of our partner factories.


What is your signature product/what best sums up your philosophy?

Our one-of-a-kind Raw Edge Leather Clutch Purse. Perfect for accompanying you on life’s adventures, by day pop it in your bag to keep those essentials to hand, and by night it’s the perfect size for a night out. Skillfully handcrafted from ethically sourced leather with each hide individually selected for its beautiful natural qualities, with each vintage key signature detail selected to compliment the leather, giving each bag its own unique character.

What do Coterie say?

Here at Coterie we’re passionate about sustainability and minimising waste, and we want you to love and cherish your bag for a lifetime. Each one is stamped with the Coterie mark ensuring its provenance, with a fully transparent supply chain, every part of its history and journey traceable right down to the thread.

What does RLSD say?

Coterie really understand leather and how to accommodate its beauty. They also understand the importance of traceability. They can trace the provenance of all their materials, saying that if you call them years after you bought one of their bags they could still tell you where that leather came from and whether there is still any in stock.

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