Fashion & Style: As more and more luxury designers become eco-friendly, one company has ensured that going green doesn't have to mean giving up luxurious leather.
Col de Mar, "Collection of the Sea," is an eco-innovative, sustainable line of goods, made from natural sea leather, fusing fashion with function.
Made from Tilapia fish leather, Col de Mar uses the aquaculture industry, which farm-raises Tilapia for human consumption, as a source for the unique material used to craft their products. The leather retains a unique three-dimensional scale pattern, making people curious about how it feels, and inspiring conversation.
Tilapia is one of the fastest growing aquaculture crops in the world and the United States. By purchasing the skins, the company is able to utilize a renewable and sustainable natural resource. To transform the skin into luxurious leather, pelts are tanned, heavy metal-free, using sophisticated patented processes, producing premium fashion leather.
Col de Mar features a variety of leather good items and is continually expanding the items offered. So far, Col de Mar includes wallets, coin purses, card cases, cosmetic cases, and eyewear cases, with a men's collection and specialties still to come. Each item is available in sea-inspired hues: Sapphire, Aqua, Ruby, Black and Brown.
The New Jersey-based company was founded by Louis and Lisa Strauss who have over twenty combined years of experience in sales, marketing, design and business management. They founded Col de Mar as part of their effort to introduce quality, luxury products to the Green marketplace.
For LxM Carly Zinderman
Luxury Fashion Insider