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


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. In 2017, leather comprised around 10% of all our materials used.


Animal husbandry for leather production, along with the related feed production, require large amounts of land and water. This is in addition to the tanning process: The chemicals used here have to be disposed of properly – any deficiencies in waste water management will have a negative impact on the ecosystem and human health. In addition, energy consumption in leather production is comparatively high. For more information, see the natural capital evaluation.

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By 2020, HUGO BOSS intends to develop guidelines that define requirements for using sustainable leather for the company and all its partners. It will also include quantitative targets that satisfy the demands of the Leather Working Group (LWG). For example, 25% of the leather we use will be sourced from LWG-certified tanneries by 2019 at the latest.


Market availability of high-quality, more sustainable types of leather is still rather low. 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.

HUGO BOSS became a member of the LWG in 2017. Its goal is to promote the environmental sustainability of leather producers through audits, certifications, and an ongoing dialog. Currently, 23% of the leather we use already comes from LWG-certified tanneries (status as of 2017).

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.