Today Deadly Ponies debuts their most innovative collection yet, featuring coveted classics made from a vegan ‘cactus leather’.
The organic material is made from the leaves of the nopal cactus, a byproduct of the pharmaceutical industry which is grown only using natural rainfall and the sun on a cactus plantation in Mexico. Two years in the making, the material is non-toxic, processed with low-levels of water, and impressively, it retains the buttery-soft texture that is synonymous with the Deadly Ponies brand.
Deadly Ponies Creative Director Liam Bowden, says “customers have been asking us for a while to create a vegan product. This is something we have wanted to achieve, but have faced a number of challenges finding a sustainable leather alternative. Most vegan leathers are produced using synthetic materials that don’t biodegrade, are produced with toxic chemicals and require higher water consumption in the manufacturing. When we entered into the project we wanted to make sure we were taking those things into consideration”.
The handbags are made at Deadly Ponies’ eco atelier, and the collection is available online and in-store in cult classics Mr Siamese, Mr Mini Leopard, and Mr Mini Chain Mail.