Leyla Yucel is a Designer based out of NYC, she recently launched her line of vegan bags and wallets and we had to get them! It was love at first sight.
We are proud to be the first boutique in North America to carry her awesome line... much more to come soon.
She has worked in great Fashion houses such as Kate Spade, Charlotte Ronson and Ralph Lauren. She sought to continue pursuing her passion for creating in a way that does not contradict her artistic and ethical ideals. She's been a vegetarian for thirteen years and her own collection of accessories is 100% vegan and cruelty-free, it was only natural for her to launch her line with things that she would wear.
We can't help but smile when we look at her pieces. Her eclectic style has whimsy, humor, great design and functionality while not losing track of her purpose to help change the fashion industry to a more sustainable way of doing business.
The vegan leather used to create L. Yucel bags is made from a material called polyurethane, or 'PU'. Polyurethane is a greener, more environmentally-friendly alternative to PVC and leather. It is mostly biodegradable, which PVC is not, and Polyurethane has a natural, soft hand-feel that does not require the solvents that are used to soften PVC or leather. In most cases, leather production is a chemical-laden process involving heavy, toxic metals such as chromium, which is not only toxic for you, but extremely toxic to the workers and environment. Furthermore, leather has an environmental impact in that the raising of livestock accounts for approximately 50% of the world's greenhouse gas emissions.
Her manufacturer is based in Hong Kong and China and was selected based on their quality of workmanship, excellent communication, and their good standing with social-compliance as evaluated by the BSCI. She chose to work with them after testing other options in both the United States and Turkey and have found their quality to be overall superior. They are true partners in her mission - without their expertise, workmanship, and teamwork the products you see here could not be as beautifully made.
Leyla Yucel - Founder & Designer