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: Kovered
Founded in 2013 in a small studio in Bath, UK, a love of nature and a passion for technology bought together a small collective of engineers, designers and environmentalists. Ten years later they have just sold their 25,000th bag.
What makes your company different?
Inspired by nature, we design and make bags that combine natural materials, timeless design and boutique craftmanship. We believe in quality, care, and creating unique pieces that everyone can enjoy. Colourful, creative, and inspired by what we see every day, each bag represents what we love about the world we live in. We hope they’ll inspire you too.
Why is leather so important to you and what other materials do you use?
We use leather residues from tanneries and other manufacturers to ensure no further wastage. Our high-quality brass hardware is suitable to be continuously recycled by melting down. A process that is widely used throughout the world. Also, we ensure our cotton is from recycled sources and every bit of manufactured material is utilised.
What is your signature product/what item best sums up your philosophy?
The Tay waxed canvas rolltop backpack is where it all started. Each element is considered with health of the planet in mind. In colours inspired by nature, the Tay is made from reclaimed leather, recyclable organic cotton and recyclable brass hardware.
What does Kovered say?
Re-use, recycle and repurpose is central to our business so we consider sustainability in every design, operation and delivery decision we make.
What does RLSD say?
Kovered’s bags look good and last for ages. As we know, durability is vital for people who want to reduce consumption—look after these bags and you’ll never need to replace them.
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