In Atlantis, thinking sustainable means taking care of all the features that hide behind a hat, even the smallest. And when we talk about custom hats, the variables involved are as many as there are applications that we can sew. You have to take into account not only the fabric but every single decoration and accessory that you are going to glue on the panels, their origin, their composition and the entire supply chain.
Leather and suede patches have always been among the old fashion decoration of our offer, but with the direction that the company has taken, we could no longer use leather of animal origin. The decision to switch to something artificial that could give the same look and feel came very quickly and so we started to test this new material called “vegan leather”.
Vegan leather and suede, also called artificial or synthetic, are catch-all terms to signify any leather or suede that does not come from an animal. It is often made from polyurethane, but it can also be made from innovative and sustainable materials such as pineapple leaves, cork, apple peels and recycled plastic.
Vegan leather comes in several different forms and qualities, so some are more 'leather-like' than others. Generally speaking, and focusing on good quality vegan leather, there isn’t that much difference to real leather; it allows us to cut out any type of logo shape and to be very precise with the printing of details, even the smallest ones.
Here you have three different techniques we use to realize patches in vegan leather and suede: