Our Practices

Mae & Ivy black square vegan handbag hanging on branch in forest with a blue sky

Our Practices

woman swinging a black handbag in her hand while walking

Design

At Mae & Ivy, our bags are built to last. Our focus is on classic, minimalist designs that never go out of style. That’s why we work hard to ensure that every bag is just right. Made using the very finest materials, each bag is crafted with care and attention to detail.

We do our best to prevent overstock by designing just two small seasonal collections per year and by focusing on our principal, season-less collection. We have a no incineration policy, so if we do happen to produce too much then we always find a new use for our dead stock.

Materials

We have committed to being vegan and cruelty-free since 2017. Our products are made with high-quality polyurethane (PU), which is the least polluting plastic on the market. We will also switch to recycled plastic shipping bags, recycled cotton dust bags and recycled Forest Stewardship Council certified postal packaging this upcoming collection.

We’re at the forefront of industry innovation when it comes to using new sustainable materials; we are currently developing two special collections of handbags made using recycled PU and recycled nylon.

black straw handbag in studio with dried flowers placed inside like a vase
a close-up of a hand sowing a piece of vegan leather on a sowing machine

Production

We take care in selecting our manufacturers to ensure that they share our values for fair standards and proper wages for workers. We chose manufacturers in China since the majority of PU is produced in this country and because Mae has personal and business ties there that span decades.

We have fostered close relationships with our manufacturers over many years and we conduct audits of their factories twice a year to make sure that our high standards are being upheld. Since our production scale is modest, we are able to overlook every step of the process.

Transportation

To lower our carbon footprint, our products are transported from China to Europe by boat or train rather than by plane. Plus we pack our boxes as efficiently as possible to not transport empty space. 

Woman swinging a black vegan handbag while walking wearing a beige fluid pair of trousers and a white blouse