Once we've established the animal protection standards and defined the desired product qualities, we begin reaching out to family-owned farms in Sweden. It's important to note that all the leather we use is a by-product of the meat industry.
Our exclusive collaboration with these farms, known for their unwavering commitment to animal protection and welfare, allows us to achieve 100% traceability for all leather used in our goods. Our partner farms range in size, with the largest housing up to 250 animals and the smallest, approximately 20. We specifically work with leathers sourced from bovines aged 24 months and older.
Designing for animal protection: The three elements
To establish leather goods traceability, we needed to redefine and deconstruct how the fashion industry approached new designs. We broke it down into its core elements and then rebuilt it from the ground up, both from a top-to-bottom and bottom-to-top perspective. Our conclusion was that to achieve leather goods traceability with a focus on animal protection, three realms must be considered. These three realms are as follows: design evolution, supply chain and sourcing, and product IDs. Their purpose? To safeguard animal protection, tracing the journey from the initial strokes of a new design to the moment our clients hold a finished product, all supported by a traceable supply chain and digital ID.
Setting design parameters
The process of designing leather goods traceability begins with two key components. First, we create a sketch supported by a technical specification that details the technical and production aspects of the design. Second, we introduce our secret ingredient: an animal protection specification that is intricately linked to the technical specifications. This specification determines the construction of the product in a manner that ensures the highest possible quality from an animal protection perspective while also making it easy to support future repairs. Our focus is on achieving the utmost quality while striving for circularity. The animal protection specifications guide our sourcing decisions.
Step two involves a reverse-engineering process that prioritizes quality while ensuring animal protection. Our motivation is to reshape the fashion industry's connection with nature and natural ecosystems. We make a deliberate choice to focus on the desired feeling and quality of the end product before we even begin sourcing leather from farms.
When we select leather, we don't rely on the traditional quality grading system of A-C or 1-3, which primarily assesses leather quality. Instead, our criterion is the quality of animal protection at the farm and during transportation.
All leathers are vegetable tanned, to respect our planet and our strive towards circularity.
Why leather traceability matters: The Numbers
of global GreenHouseGas Emissions comes from factory farming.
farms globally. Data shows that small family-owned farms go out of business and are replaced with factory farming.
of global antibiotics are given to animals in factory farming.
Our Digital ID: A commitment to animal protection
At Josefin Liljeqvist, we're dedicated to crafting true luxury with intention and a deep commitment to animal protection. This has driven us to create leather goods with transparent supply chains, ensuring traceability from the farm to your hands. Our exclusive collaborations with Swedish farms, known for their exceptional animal welfare practices, underscore our values.
All our leather is sourced directly from these farms as a byproduct of the meat industry. We advocate for conscious consumption, promoting the use of less leather and reducing meat consumption for a healthier planet. Every one of our leather goods features a unique, traceable digital ID, designed to provide transparency, build trust, and connect you with the origin of our products.
After finalizing the technical and animal protection specifications and acquiring the required leathers, our skilled artisans commence production. Products are crafted either entirely by hand or through a combination of handmade and non-handmade processes.
Each leather and product receives a unique ID. The product's ID, the RSID, tracks every step of the artisanal journey, and the leather ID is added to this product ID as it progresses through production. At the end of the artisanal process, each product bears a unique ID that carries information about both the production and the specific leathers used. This ID allows for individual traceability all the way back to the farms
Digital ID for traceability
Every design is assigned a distinct digital ID known as the RSID (Responsible Systems IDentification), generated by our proprietary software, Responsible Systems. This 6-character ID is prominently placed on the exterior of each design and encodes essential information about the product, client, animal protection, material usage, and supply chain. To access this information, simply active the ID upon delivery in your account with us.
Activate ID for traceability
Upon delivery of your unique leather product, you activate the RSiD in your account, in the membership area by pressing "activate" under your RSiD design. Upon activating the RSiD, it links to a reverse supply chain network allowing data transparency to the B2C client. This is valid via Responsible Systems Supply chain partners such as farms, artisans, tanneries, slaughterhouses and more.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does Josefin Liljeqvist offer traceability of their leather goods?
Josefin Liljeqvist is the first brand to offer traceability on all leather goods with a visible journey shared digitally with the client, which includes disclosing the country, region and exact farm of each individual leather piece in our designs.
How does Josefin Liljeqvist work on impacting animal welfare?
Besides Josefin Liljeqvist´s work on leather goods traceability with our initiative Responsible Systems we continuously work with contributing our knowledge in the development of new standards, frameworks and policies that aim to address the importance of animal welfare in fashion at a global scale, throughout all farms.
Am I able to choose whether or not my leather goods originate from a specific farm?
100% of our leathers originate from Swedish farms with the highest attention to animal welfare. Our transparent value chain can allow the client the opportunity to choose a specific farm in our bespoke process that includes sourcing preferences—a first among global luxury fashion.
While you delve into the intricacies of leather goods traceability, we maintain an unwavering commitment to enhancing animal welfare, both within our own production and throughout the broader fashion and agriculture industry.
Dive deeper into our Ecosystem
Explore our collection of traceable wallets, each a testament to our commitment to animal protection. Find out how these unique pieces add value to both your style and our mission.
Step into the realm of purposeful shopping with our Traceable Footwear collection. Learn how our shoes are not only made on demand but also traceable, offering a stylish and conscious choice.
Gain insights into our collaborative efforts beyond the fashion industry. Discover how we work together pre-competitively to accelerate global animal protection and make a positive impact.
Partnerships for Impact
When purchasing a traceable leather goods product from Josefin Liljeqvist, you have the option to collect it at a pick-up place. This is our way of creating a holistic ecosystem experience, where conscious consumption and production lead the way
Your journey into the world of leather traceability doesn't end here. Explore the various facets of our Traceability Ecosystem by delving into the following sections, which offer a wealth of information and opportunities for you to engage with our mission on a deeper level. Choose where your curiosity leads you, and continue your journey with us toward a world that values and prioritizes animal protection.
A leader in traceable leather goods
As a pioneer in responsible sourcing, we don’t just adhere to industry standards—we lead by example