Vegan cafés and restaurants are springing up like mushrooms. The call to eat and use less animal products is growing. Although World Vegan Day was declared in 1994, it seems that this lifestyle has only really started to 'gain' in popularity in recent years. Fraenck also adheres to a vegan lifestyle; our items are all made of animal-free materials.
Veganism is a way of life that aims to avoid the use of animal products. In the food world, the term "vegan" has become indispensable, but in the fashion world, too, the use of recycled and animal-free products and materials is on the rise. At Fraenck we regularly get asked what the term vegan means. Well, to put it simply: our bags and clothing are made of materials that do not come from animals.
Pascal and Ratna strived for an animal-free collection from the birth of their bags. At first, not so much because they were against leather, but because as designers they were looking for a new challenge and look for their products. However, the two soon found out how the leather industry works. This opened their eyes even more than they already were. The animal suffering and the chemicals used in the production of the 'beautiful' pieces of leather made the two decide to stop working with leather altogether. Because, as it turns out, there are plenty of alternatives.
Fraenck enriches her bags with upcycled cutting loss from a sail-maker and remnants of artificial leather. So the bags are not just bags, they are bags in which waste products are upcycled and look more beautiful than ever before. Read the blog about upcycling here.
It is often thought that leather is a by-product of the meat industry. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Meat and/or dairy cows are completely different breeds than the cows used for leather production. Fraenck is well aware of this. Fashion and animal suffering do not go together at Fraenck. That is why all bags are made exclusively of genuine imitation leather. This makes the entire collection suitable for people who have a completely vegan lifestyle.