Made in Los Angeles, California
Sparked by their deeply rooted commitment to respecting and protecting the planet, Hozen which means “conservation” in Japanese, was launched in 2018 by San Francisco based designer Rae Nicoletti. By refusing to buy into the harsh realities of the leather industry, Nicoletti has created a collection of handbags made of eco-friendly luxury synthetic leather and suede. Hardware and trims such as zippers and thread are sourced from 100% post-consumer recycled plastic bottles, natural rubber and remnant rope. Their labels and packaging are made from organic cotton or post-consumer recycled paper. All materials that go into the making of a Hozen bag are sourced from factories around the world with high standards of ethics, responsibility, and governance. Add to that a minimal-meets-irreverent aesthetic and the circular shape, which serves as a symbol of conservation and compassion, and you’ve got the Hozen collection.
Each piece is produced in small batches at a fair-wage factory in Los Angeles. (Want proof? Just look for the smiling face on the “I made your bag” card, included in every purchase.) So much more than a vegan leather line, Hozen is a bold new approach to fashion that allows consumerism and good conscience to live together in beautiful harmony.