Dezeen: Hugo Boss Vegan Shoes Replace Leather with Pineapple-based Pinatex

Dezeen has reported on Hugo Boss’ use of Pinatex, a vegan leather alternative developed by Dr Carmen Hijosa during her PhD at the Royal College of Art.

Fashion label Hugo Boss has launched a range of vegan men’s shoes made from a natural material consisting of pineapple leaf fibres called Pinatex. The cruelty-free shoe uppers are made from the pineapple leaf-derived material, which is made without any animal products and coloured using plant-based dyes. The use of Pinatex by Hugo Boss reflects a growing trend across the fashion industry acknowledging the importance of sustainability and the key role played by material innovation. In the Dezeen article Hugo Boss state: ‘The project is part of an ongoing commitment to innovation across the company's offering as well as a continuous search for more sustainable ways to design, source, produce and finish its products.’

Dr Hijosa launched the company Ananas Anam, which produces Pinatex, with the support of InnovationRCA, the College's centre for enterprise, entrepreneurship, incubation and business support. Unlike leather production, which uses a lot of water and requires chemicals for the tanning process, Pinatex allows farmers to make money from a waste product that would otherwise not be put to use. To produce the material the leaves are stripped of their long fibres at source. These are then de-gummed, and formed into a non-woven mesh, which is finished to give a soft, flexible alternative to leather.

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