EVENT UPDATE | Leather | Sustainability

Lenzing teams up with Recyc Leather & GANNI to unveil new footwear

Published: February 7, 2024
Author: Fashion Value Chain
  • Premiere Vision Paris (Feb 6–8, 2024), the three like-minded partners will discuss the importance of collaboration across value chain in enabling material innovation for planet-conscious fashion and beyond
  • Pioneering technique fuses TENCEL™ Lyocell fibers with recycled leather fibers to create Recyc Leather’s next-gen material, Pélinova®, for GANNI’s Slouchy Boots launching early this year and other future developments in the pipeline
  • The partnership exemplifies GANNI’s ongoing commitment to experimenting with innovative materials in its inspiring fashion lab collections to revolutionize the textile industry

Lenzing Group, a leading global producer of wood-based specialty fibers, has partnered with leather alternative expert Recyc Leather to introduce Pélinova®, an innovative material that fuses TENCEL™ Lyocell fibers and recycled leather fibers for high-end fashion applications. Joining forces with Danish advanced contemporary brand GANNI, this dynamic trio is set to bring this next-generation material to the market as an alternative to genuine leather materials, starting with GANNI’s Slouchy Boots launching early this year.

Pélinova®: a hybrid alternative combining TENCEL™ Lyocell fibers and recycled leather fibers

Recyc Leather’s next-generation material, Pélinova®, is created through a unique, transparent process which involves collecting pre-consumer recycled leather and then hydro-jetting the leather fibers into the TENCEL™ Lyocell fibers, a standout material within the TENCEL™ brand portfolio that is produced from a resource-saving, closed-loop production process[1].

“Since our establishment in 2017, we have recycled 100 tons of leather from landfill, earning recognition from European authorities and positive responses from brands”, said Olivier Grammont, Co-founder of Recyc Leather. “Our partnership with Lenzing and GANNI demonstrates Pélinova®’s potential as a truly sustainable alternative to traditional leather, inspiring us to continue to broaden the application of Pélinova® in shaping the future of the leather industry.”

“The pioneering partnership between TENCEL™ and like-minded companies like Recyc Leather and GANNI is a catalyst to unlocking the power of planet-conscious fabric innovation,” said Florian Heubrandner, Executive Vice President Global Textiles Business, Lenzing AG. “With the use of responsibly produced[2] TENCEL™ Lyocell fibers in Pélinova®, we are not only creating a unique alternative for leather applications in footwear that brings long-lasting comfort, but also demonstrating the versatility of fiber applications.

Elevating the GANNI partnership

GANNI is a B Corp certified company, on a journey to become the most responsible version of itself. They believe it’s a moral obligation to do better every day. GANNI is committed to minimizing social and environmental impact within its business operation with a goal to reach 50% absolute carbon reduction by 2027, with materials and innovation among its key pillars in reaching this target.

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