Oliver Co. is a sustainable, progressive accessory brand that creates highly functional products with the goal to have a low environmental impact, through transparency and innovation. This London-based brand is on a mission to create sustainable men’s and women’s accessories, without compromising on style or functionality. Each design in their contemporary collection of vegan accessories is ethically handcrafted using innovative low-impact materials.
They have been featured in Independent's IndyBest segment, with their Compact Wallet being named the IndyBest wallet. Other mentions include GQ, the Times, the Guardian, the Telegraph, Grazia, and Stylist.
About the Founder
The company was launched in 2017 by Matt Oliver, who previously worked at a design consultancy, designing watches for some of the biggest luxury brands in world. During his time there, he had personally been trying to change the way he shopped and move towards a more sustainable lifestyle. Yet what he was seeing on the market were products that were lacking in desirability, looks and functionality.
At the same time, there were a number of suppliers releasing new innovative low impact materials that Matt believed had huge potential. He saw an opportunity to try and change people’s perceptions of sustainability, drawing on his past experience, and build an accessory brand that created great-looking functional products with sustainability built into its foundations from the outset.
“We aim to change people’s perceptions of sustainability and, through using innovative new fabrics and working with high-end manufacturers, create minimalistic functional designs that outlive fashion’s seasonal trends. We’re only just seeing the start of bio-material innovation and there are lots of exciting developments to come.”
The apple leather used by the brand is an Italian-made material created using the leftover pomace and peel from the fruit juice and compote industry. The fabric is created by reducing this waste to a powder, processing it, combining it with polyurethane and coating it onto a canvas. The result is a durable but soft fabric that is perfect for hard-wearing small accessories. By using renewable resources that would otherwise be sent to landfill or burnt, the fabric requires less water and considerably reduces its CO2 impact compared to other leathers and faux leathers on the market.
The brand also uses wood leather produced in Karlsruhe, Germany. It is made by using very thin sheets of wood applied to a cotton canvas. The wood is then cut with micro laser etchings, which allows it to be sewn, transformed and assembled like leather.
All linings in Oliver Co designs are made from either GOTS-certified organic cotton or Oeko-tex-certified recycled polyester.
People and Production
The brand works with a Turkish manufacturer and material suppliers, and conduct self-assessment to ensure that a high standard of human rights and ethics are maintained from production of the materials through to the product manufacturing. The company favours full auditing to allow them to assure that their partners are operating in an environmentally and socially responsible manner.
Oliver Co ships their designs in boxes made from recycled card. Each product is carefully wrapped in recycled tissue paper and accompanied by the brand's recycled info cards.
The brand's supplier has a factory in Cornwall and purchases their packaging from the UK whenever possible. Also they help small businesses by donating 10% of their profits to help start-ups grow.
Oliver Co's journey towards becoming a vegan brand started with their concern about the environmental and ethical impact of the leather industry. At the same time there were a number of incredible innovations in vegan bio-based materials being developed all around the world. Going vegan was an easy choice – and one that was integral to them as a company.
You can read more about vegan leather in our articles Does Ethical Leather Exist – and What is Vegan Leather? and What is Vegan Leather Made From – and is it Sustainable?
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What are the best vegan trainers?
That’s a hard one as ‘best’ is personal! Immaculate Vegan has one of the largest collections of vegan trainers from a wide variety of brands from across the globe. Take a look! Our best sellers come from BeFlamboyant, Humans are Vain, Yatay, Good Guys Don’t Wear Leather, Ration.L and Komrads.
What are vegan trainers made from?
Vegan trainers (and sneakers) are made without the use of any animal materials, such as leather, suede, fur or wool. Vegan shoes are made of a variety of fabrics, traditionally synthetic but increasingly using innovative materials derived from nature with all the properties of leather, such as apple leather, cactus leather and bio-based leather (made from oil derived from cereal crops). Many synthetic trainers are now made using recycled plastics from ocean trash.
Are vegan trainers waterproof?
That depends on the style and the fabric in question. Canvas trainers are not waterproof, vegan or otherwise. But most of our trainers are water-resistant and some are also waterproof, as well durable and 100% vegan.
Are vegan trainers durable?
The quick answer: yes! But you can make them last longer by taking care of the shoes. Just as you would care for animal-leather trainers, you should look after your vegan leather trainers. With proper care, vegan trainers can last anywhere from two to five years, depending on how much wear and tear they encounter, which is the same as their animal-leather counterparts.
Are trainers the same as sneakers?
Yes! As far as we are concerned they are.
The British call them trainers, because they can be used for sports or training.
The Americans call them sneakers, presumably because, being soft-soled, they're suitable for sneaking around in!
But to confuse things further, they are also called tennis shoes in the US.
What are vegan sandals made of?
Vegan sandals are made without the use of any animal materials, such as leather, suede, fur or wool. There' a wide variety of materials that can be used to make vegan sandals, including polyurethane (also known as PU), apple leather, pineapple leather (Pinatex), cactus leather and bio-based leather (made from oil derived from cereal crops). In addition, some vegan sandals are also made from recycled materials, such as recycled polyester or other recycled fibres.
Are vegan sandals durable?
Many vegan sandals now are made using high quality and durable materials, and many of the new vegan leathers are of very high quality. But you can make your vegan sandals last longer by taking care of them well. With proper care, vegan sandals can last for many years, depending on how much wear and tear they encounter, which is the same as their animal-leather counterparts.
Are vegan sandals better for the environment?
Vegan materials tend to have a much lower carbon footprint and be much be kinder to the environment than animal leather, which is one of the most environmentally damaging materials used in fashion. Whilst there are vegan materials such as PVC which are toxic and harmful, none of the vegan sandals or products at Immaculate Vegan contain PVC. We also choose to partner with brands who are creating the most sustainable vegan sandals possible, using the most sustainable vegan materials.
Are vegan leather sandals comfortable?
There's really no difference here between vegan and non vegan sandals – it all depends on the quality and fit of the brand and the styles you choose. We partner with premium footwear brands at Immaculate Vegan to bring you vegan shoes that are high quality, stylish and comfortable.
Are vegan sandals good quality?
Whilst not all brands are equal, at Immaculate Vegan we select footwear brands making high quality, stylish and cruelty free vegan sandals and shoes.
Are vegan sandals waterproof?
That depends on the style and the fabric in question. Canvas and fabric vegan sandals are not waterproof, vegan or otherwise. But some of our vegan sandals are water-resistant and some are also waterproof, as well as durable and 100% vegan.