Leather

More sustainable leather and vegan substitutes
Leather is used in many HUGO BOSS products – its special properties make it a classic in high-quality and fashion products. HUGO BOSS only uses selected types of leather and also seeks to develop replacement materials that meet our high demands for quality.

Use at HUGO BOSS

Leather is known for its luxurious appearance and high durability. That’s why it’s used in many HUGO BOSS products such as shoes, accessories, bags, and jackets, which can be worn for a very long time. In 2019, leather comprised around 9 % of all our materials used.

Impacts*

We only use leather that has been produced as a by-product of the food industry. Animal husbandry and the associated feed production require large areas of land and water. For the further processing of leather, the tanning process is also considered: the chemicals used here have to be disposed of properly – any deficiencies in wastewater management will have a negative impact on the ecosystem and human health. In addition, energy consumption in leather production is comparatively high. HUGO BOSS has already launched various styles in Olive Leather®  on the market. Here, the tanning process is less harmful to the environment, as the leather is tanned with a 100% natural extract from olive tree leaves. For more information on the impact of leather, see the natural capital evaluation.

* Summary of internal research

Targets

By 2025 at the latest, 100% of the leather we use will be sourced from LWG-certified tanneries or tanneries with comparable standards.

Measures

HUGO BOSS categorically avoids farmed furs and exotic leather types. Instead, we exclusively use leather that is produced as a by-product of the food industry, such as bovine hides, goatskins, sheepskins, and buffalo hides.

In 2017, HUGO BOSS became a member of the LWG. Its goal is to promote the environmental sustainability of leather producers through audits, certifications, and an ongoing dialog. Currently, 52 % of the leather we use already comes from LWG-certified tanneries (as of 2019).

HUGO BOSS is also an active participant in the ZDHC Roadmap to Zero Programme, which strives to eliminate the use of hazardous chemicals in the production of textiles, leather, and apparel.

More information about this is available in the description of our collaboration with partners in procurement.

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Sustainable materials

HUGO BOSS strives to increasingly use cotton from sustainable cultivation, employ environmentally friendly production processes for synthetic fibers, and develop innovative, sustainable materials.

Animal welfare

Leather, wool, and down are materials with animal origins, which results in a special responsibility for animal welfare. HUGO BOSS has set ambitious targets to live up to this responsibility.

Current topics

For news on all aspects of sustainability at HUGO BOSS – including product development and innovative materials – see the current topics.