Allure sauvage
We provide the sophisticated woman high-end ethical designer products with plant-based alternatives to leather and plastic for a sustainable wardrobe. Our first collection, the Peacock Lady, is handmade in Switzerland with Piñatex. PETA vegan approved.

Allure Sauvage - Designer bags from Switzerland

Allure Sauvage offers a new style of maroquinerie, without cruelty nor plastic, only plant-based materials. Made in Switzerland by women in professional reintegration.

We are Natacha, graduate of the Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne and Selena, Master of Luxury Craftsmanship from the Ecole Cantonale D’Arts de Lausanne.

We first met over coffee at Bad Hunter, a vegetarian place in Lausanne, Switzerland. Die-hard recycling specialists, environmental activists and meat avoiders, we were both angry not to have other choices than leather or plastic when it came to handbags. We’d have some vegan options, Or we’d have some recycled plastic options, made in China. There was so little we could find that really conveyed our values, and these few pieces we’d have to import from across the world.

This is how Allure Sauvage was created. Allure represents the pride and elegance we both look for when choosing our clothes and accessories, and Sauvage the relationship we have with nature itself.

We aim to only use plant-based materials and turn them into hip things, not hippie. As well as being vegan and without plastic, our bags are fair:we collaborate with a geneva-based workshop helping women back into the professional life, awarded for their ethics and sustainable development.

At Allure Sauvage, we provide ethically-made, designer products with plant-based alternatives to leather and plastic and a reduced carbon footprint.

We were lucky to be helped by amazing sponsors to achieve this campaign and would like to use this opportunity to thank them once again. Don’t forget to post your purchases with the hashtag #jesuissauvage

Allure Sauvage. Designed and Developed by Webbinart

We provide the sophisticated woman high-end ethical designer products with plant-based alternatives to leather and plastic for a sustainable wardrobe. Our first collection, the Peacock Lady, is handmade in Switzerland with Piñatex. PETA vegan approved.

Our first collection is made with pineapple leaf fibers, Piñatex. We will later experiment with other plant-based textiles. For more information about Piñatex, check the blog post written by Daniela!

Cloé’s foreword

I am honored to be writing the very first article on this blog while celebrating the launch of the Allure Sauvage e-shop!

If you’re reading this, I’ll assume you’ve already had a look at their superb designs and that you are aware of the ideas and values behind the brand: Trendy accessories, sustainability, attractive colors, plant-based, craftsmanship and ethics. I believe these words summarize well the collection and values of Allure Sauvage.

But these bags from pineapple leaves, approved by PETA, wouldn’t that be more of a hippy thing? No, believe me, it truly is the future! And it’s only the beginning. Why, you should ask ?

Conscious consumption

Pineapple Expression

First and foremost, I have to admit, I was a bit stumped when I got to writing this piece. I don’t know much about the material Piñatex and I know even less about making things out of it. So I went ahead and in conquer mode started to do my research. Turns out I have a lot more in common with this topic that I initially thought.

As a documentary filmmaker I have grown to understand that my storytelling and films are more than a career choice and a dream I have pursued throughout my thus far adult life. It is a path of purpose and it leads me to a direction in life that fulfils me. Parallel to this discovery, I was going through a shift in my personal development and realising my carbon footprint and my own impact on the environment around me. I began understanding and fearing the grand scale when I thought about everyone else’s.

I thought about my social responsibility and how I could influence my own actions and surrounding towards more sustainable practice. And in a very cliché, lightbulb ‘eureka’ moment, it occurred to me… ‘I would make films and tell Stories about Sustainability.’ This idea has since moved on to a more conceptualised social enterprise… but thats another story.

The point is, I became very interested in sustainable alternatives to the ‘everyday’ and luxury
items and like most things in life, I was lead to Piñatex. And like me, this fabric product cares about the environment. Naturally and sustainably produced from leaves of the pineapple plant (which is usually chucked
out), I was really pleased and filled with patriotic pride knowing that like me…Piñatex comes from pineapples from the Philippines.

My time spent in the Philippines, the country where half of me is from (the other half is Austrian), is actually what drives me to practice and inspire sustainability. I have seen immense natural beauty and landscape that makes me so proud that I can call a country, so wealthy with diverse natural resources, half of home. I tragically also saw great amounts of environmental abuse and misuse. Litter strewn across pristine sandy beaches, plastic bottles wedged between gorgeous rainbow reefs and rivers flowing with trash. A country so rich in resources and ironically with one of the highest poverty levels in the world. The Filipino problem is one yet to be figured out. Lack of education and awareness on the subject, social mind-set propelled toward consumption, lack of government commitment and funding to sustainable methods and even simple waste management.

Whatever it may be and however it can be solved, it is moving in a positive direction, even if it is a small step. If we all could do our bit, in our little part, imagine the effect on the grander scale of things. I, like them filipino pineapple fibres and like so many others joining the sustainable movement – doing their bit, can pat ourselves on the back. We can congratulate and carry on. Whether its a handbag made out of pineapple fibres, a beach clean up or a nationwide ban on single-use plastic, a step is still a step if its in the right direction.

Sources & Further Content
‘Philippines, my other half’ – From the film ‘Paddle to Purpose’ (AUT,CH,PH,PT) Dec 2018

Daniela Kohler

Sustainable Film & Storytelling – Zemmawagsa @zemmawagsa

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