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Introducing Jérome Studio

Introducing Jerome Studio

The 'Everything' Bag Done Sustainably...

The global leather industry generates over 600,000 tons of waste in the form of shavings and trimmings every year. Combine that with the polluting substances like chromium and sulphur produced during the artificial tanning process and suddenly that designer handbag seems much less appealing. This fall, make a statement without making an impact courtesy of Jérome Studio. We asked the line’s founder Jérome Berg to give us the lowdown on the eco credentials of his eponymous label that celebrates simplicity, with the environment at its forefront.

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Could you elaborate upon how sustainability became a pillar of your business?

From the beginning, becoming a high street label was not the goal at Jerome Studio, as I did not want to sacrifice the integrity of the line to the human and environmental impact that results from mass production. Rather, Jerome Studios would focus on smaller quantities and a quality which lasts for years in our products. In high-street production giants, there are a magnitude of rejects, items that do not correspond to the quality, and are therefore simply thrown away. At Jerome Studio, each bag in production is so meticulously produced that we do not have any kind of reject goods. There are only one to two samples per model to reduce the number we cannot sell as we change the shape or appearance within a pattern. Leading a sustainable label is a process that does not happen overnight.

The Sash Tote In Mahogany

Tell us more about the olive leaf tanning process and how you have made the production by-products 100% recyclable...

Since 2012, we have used the same leather supplier from Germany.  We are aware that we produce leather bags made from animal hides so we unquestionably sought a method to source leather sustainably. Jerome Studios only sources its leather as a bi-product from meat production. Since we work closely with our suppliers and dedicate our efforts to the most sustainable production process, our suppliers have developed a tanning agent that is extracted from the leaves from the olive harvest. All components are used by the olive harvest and are 100% recyclable.

The Sash Tote In Mahogany
The Arc Bag In Black

Why did you choose to produce your bags in Germany?

That was really a big challenge! In my opinion, Germans are highly skilled in machinery and technical production processes. Therefore it was incredibly difficult to find a producer in Germany that does not outsource their production to non-EU countries and could offer us a modern, emotional product with a competitive price. For us, it is incredibly important that we may pay visits to our production houses without sacrificing a high output of CO2 emissions. Choosing to produce in Germany saves us time and reduces the pollution caused by travelling to different points of the production process.

The Arc Bag In Snake
The Arc Bag In Beige

How has your company ethos driven the no plastic standard in your packaging?

To be honest, we mindlessly have run our company with a low level of plastic consumption from the get-go.  I am certain no customer would like to buy a high-quality bag and find it in a sealed plastic bag. We quickly implemented and insisted upon a plastic-free delivery to new suppliers. Of course, there are still some things we can improve like efforts towards sourcing a plastic-free packaging tape. But we are working on even those!

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