LOVE FOR LEATHER
PRODUCED WITH A LOVE FOR LEATHER
Since 1993, all leather goods have been produced in India. Your BURKELY bag is lovingly crafted with the finest leather, with a focus on the well-being of people and the environment. We create timeless leather products that are enjoyed with pleasure every day. Leather is a natural material, and the grain and texture variations make each bag unique. This gives each bag its own distinctive character. Get inspired by our collections and explore the various styling possibilities!
WE ALWAYS STRIVE TO UTILIZE THE ENTIRE LEATHER HIDE. EACH YEAR, THE FASHION INDUSTRY DISCARDS MORE THAN 40% OF LEATHER. WHEN CRAFTING OUR PRODUCTS, WE MAKE USE OF THE ENTIRE HIDE AND CREATE SMALL LEATHER GOODS FROM THE REMAINING PIECES. WE TRANSFORM THESE INTO HANDMADE AND SUSTAINABLE MASTERPIECES, MADE ESPECIALLY FOR YOU!
BURKELY distributes over 500,000 bags worldwide each year. If you want to learn more about how we contribute to sustainability, click here: sustainability
All BURKELY bags have been produced in India since 1993, where we maintain close relationships. In addition to striving for sustainable materials, we also ensure good working conditions. This includes aspects such as safety, fair wages, and the absence of forced and child labor. We travel to the factories in India several times a year, and we also work with BSCI certified factories.
BSCI is an initiative by European companies that aim to improve and safeguard working conditions. BSCI stands for Business Social Compliance Initiative.
You can trust that all BURKELY items are made under fair conditions.
All products produced for BURKELY are made from high-quality leather sourced from the meat and dairy industry. In this industry, the animal hides that are not used are sold as waste to leather tanneries. Therefore, no animals are slaughtered specifically for your bag.
Leather is a premium, natural material that is highly durable and, unlike other materials, becomes more beautiful over time. With proper care, you can enjoy your leather bag for a lifetime.
If you’re curious about how to best care for your leather bag, take a look at our leather care page, where we explain how to maintain and protect different types of leather from dirt and damage.
We understand that there is growing interest in vegan leather alternatives. However, at BURKELY, we have made a conscious decision not to work with vegan leather, which is often made from materials like polyurethane (PU). There are several reasons for this choice.
Firstly, PU-based vegan leather typically has a shorter lifespan compared to genuine leather. It may wear out more quickly, leading to a shorter usable life for the product. This can contribute to increased waste and a higher environmental impact.
Secondly, PU is a synthetic material that is difficult to break down and recycle. When products made from PU vegan leather reach the end of their life cycle, they often end up in landfills, adding to the accumulation of non-biodegradable waste.
Lastly, there is the issue of microplastics and the impact on the environment. PU vegan leather is essentially a form of plastic, and during its use and eventual breakdown, it can release microplastic particles that contribute to plastic pollution, including the problem of plastic soup in our oceans.
Considering these factors, we believe that sustainable, responsibly produced genuine leather is a better choice for the environment. Leather is a natural material that can be more durable, long-lasting, and can age beautifully over time. We are committed to ensuring that our leather sourcing and production practices align with our values of sustainability and ethical responsibility.
We understand that opinions may vary on this topic, and we respect individual choices. At BURKELY, we strive to provide transparency and offer high-quality products that meet the expectations of our customers while considering the impact on the environment.
Vegetable tanned and sustainably made leather bags you will cherish forever.
At our headquarters in Tilburg, our enthusiastic team works on designing, developing, producing, and delivering collections. BURKELY supplies to retail outlets both domestically and internationally.
We offer timeless bags and accessories that reflect the current fashion trends. Our in-house designers create authentic designs with extra attention to functional usability. These are unique pieces that you can wear and cherish for years.
Every season, we release an extensive collection that includes work bags, handbags, wallets, and accessories. Within each collection, you will multiple lines, each with its own style. This way, there is something for everyone, and we can cater to different trends.
In addition to our seasonal collections, we also have a Fundamental collection. This collection can be seen as the foundation of BURKELY and includes two lines: Antique Avery and Vintage. These collections showcase classic essentials with a BURKELY twist. A Fundamental bag is available for both women and men, it is practical with the necessary compartments, has a timeless design, and is made of high-quality leather. In other words, it is a bag suitable for any occasion and built to last for years!
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