I recently laid eyes on a very handsome tailored motorcycle jacket. Made out of sustainable and long-wearing alternative to leather, the jacket that I came across was part of a collection by Altiir. Motivated by a utopian vision of living in nature and the modern world, Altiir’s luxury garments have been designed for the conscious wearer who would appreciate a unique and unconventional texture that is truly beautiful.
Starting a revolution by engineering design of innovative, sustainable textiles into genuine, luxury garments, Altiir is dedicated to taking affirmative action in the fashion industry, by not compromising on quality, style or the essence of who they are. “We aim to meet the challenges of our times by developing innovative products that are integrated with and promote social, ecological and cultural development. Our products are made with Piñatex®, an innovative natural textile made from pineapple leaf fibre. The leaves are the byproduct of existing agriculture, and their use creates an additional income stream for farming communities”, explains their site.
Altiir, Taking Affirmative Action in the Fashion Industry
Inspired by the late 60’s rock’n’roll counterculture of artists like Jagger, Bowie and Hendrix, the Neo-Classic biker jacket collection is a take on vintage, tailored biker jackets. Engineered with lightweight and robust pineapple material, all the jackets are finished with a smooth metallic surface that not only moulds to your body but will also age gracefully.
“We aim to meet the challenges of our times by developing innovative products that are integrated with and promote the social, ecological and cultural development”
So how do they create this wonder material? Well, according to their site, the long fibres are extracted through a process called decortication, which is done at the plantation by the farming community. The leaves are the byproduct of existing agriculture, and their use creates an additional income stream for farming communities. Once the leaves have been stripped of fibre the leftover biomass can be used as a nutrient-rich natural fertiliser or a biofuel, so nothing is wasted. The fibres then get degummed and undergo an industrial process to become a non-woven mesh, which forms the base of Piñatex®. The rolls of the non-woven mesh are then prepared for specialised finishing. This unique process is what gives Piñatex® its leather-like appearance, creating a textile that is soft and flexible, yet very durable.
Available in Gold (£880.00), and Silver (£880.00) for women and Black (£730.00) and Brown (£730.00) for men, you can grab yourself this must have vegan jacket online from ALTIIR, ECOTURE and WOLF & BADGER.