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Say hello to Hozen – a new collection from Students of Design and your new best friend for Spring 2018. In a range pretty pastel and classic nauticals, Hozen has answered all our springtime bag wishes, and this time the brand can take us from day to night.

Obsessed? We sure are.

You can thank Rae Nicoletti for that new obsession. One glimpse at the construction of a Hozen bag and you won’t be surprised to learn that Rae studied hand leather work at San Francisco’s Amblard Leather Atelier under Hermes master artisan Beatrice Amblard. Then, she applied that knowledge to something just as lust-worthy but a little more sustainable: Enter Hozen.

Named for the Japanese word for conservation, Hozen brings sustainability to leather accessories and makes philanthropy look as good as it feels. By refusing to buy into the harsh realities of the leather industry, Hozen has designed a line that honours their deep commitment to respect and protect the planet.

The bags are made from eco-friendly luxury synthetic leather and suede, with zippers and threads sourced from 100% post-consumer recycled plastic bottles, natural rubber and remnant rope. All labels and packaging are produced from organic cotton or recycled paper, and all of the above are sourced from factories around the world with high standards of ethics, responsibility and governance.

Hozen’s dedication to conservation even extends to the design of the bags – all have a circular shape which serves as a symbol of conservation and compassion. Each piece is produced in small batches – some on order only basis – at a fair wage factory in LA.

So much more than simply a vegan leather line of handbags, Hozen offers a bold new approach to fashion, allowing for a balance between consumerism and good conscience – something I’m sure we can all get on board with. With buttery soft materials and a minimal-meets-irreverent aesthetic, Hozen is the coolest of conservationists.

The new Hozen collection is now available to pre-order, with a 6 week lead time, at Students of Design. Prices start at £300.