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English actress Maisie Williams has teamed up with high-end fashion label Coperni to create vegan apple leather handbags.
The 24-year-old, best known for her portrayal of Arya Stark in Game of thrones, announced the online collaboration.
“Based on [Coperni’s] Our iconic ‘swipe bag’, our new edition is made from apple leather and comes with five small sticky apple pins that you can personalize yourself, ”Williams wrote to her 10.3 million Instagram followers.
The French fashion brand typically uses animal skin, such as calfskin, in its designs. But Williams, an advocate for a sustainable lifestyle, has advocated for an environmentally friendly alternative.
As such, Coperni used apple waste residue to make the leather without animals. It’s naturally dried and free of chemicals, the brand says.
The Swipe bag comes with a removable shoulder strap, so it can be worn as a crossbody or as a tote.
The articles may not appeal to everyone; the bags will cost buyers from € 495 to € 595 (US $ 560 to 674), depending on the design.
Williams continued, “I loved doing this collaboration with Coperni. Hope you like the bags and hope it will inspire more people to buy and produce with materials that contribute to a more sustainable future.
A growing number of brands are moving away from animal skin in favor of vegan alternatives, driven by animal welfare and environmental concerns.
The breeding and rearing of animals, especially cows, for human use causes significant greenhouse gas emissions, as well as significant deforestation and pollution.
Additionally, leather dust is a Group 1 carcinogen – the same category as tobacco, asbestos, and plutonium.
Maisie Williams x Coperni
Williams, born in Bristol, was heavily involved in the design process, revealed Coperni CEO Arnaud Vaillant in an interview with Daily Jing.
“We did everything together. We did a lot of Zooms and chose the fabrics, pins and colors together… Maisie would choose everything with us and come up with ideas. She was really involved, ”explained Vaillant.
The CEO continued, “At first she inspired us as an actress, but then we found out that she is so inspiring.
“I think she is the voice of a new generation, and I feel that she brings not only community but also strong values to the brand with a sustainable approach. Maisie seems very free, very independent, she chooses with care who she works with. We are very proud. We believe she brings a lot to the Coperni brand.
Those interested can view the Maisie Williams x Coperni collection here.