What styles of outerwear does James&Co design and manufacture?
Our styles are the classic styles that never go out of fashion but are adapted to reflect changing times. Trench coats, collarless jackets all with high impact finishing details. Biker moto jackets, bomber jackets, casual jackets made in differing lengths and with standout feature details.
Classic fashion-forward styles that are truly luxe and suited to becoming an essential part of your life. Wear to the office, over a smart going-out outfit, casual weekend wear. The outerwear is tailored with the emphasis on top quality.
The James&Co sustainable outerwear brand resonates with the modern woman for whom conscious style is the imperative. You want to wear quality leather look classic styles with luxe tailoring while ensuring your fashion choices are not harming animals or the environment.
Why is James&Co different from other brands that make womens outerwear?
The huge differentiator for James&Co is that our head-turning elegant styles have never been made in animal leather. We led the way in top quality cruelty-free fabric alternatives of vegan/faux leather made of polyurethane. We were a leading designer vegan fashion brand to be Peta-approved Vegan.
And now we are more uniquely placed because our fabrics have been replaced with synthetics that are not only cruelty-free. They are more sustainable also. We are the market leader in designer luxe outerwear made in fabrics of Pinatex pineapple leather and chemical-free more sustainable leather known as water based polyurethane (WBPU) which we call eco leather.
The trend to holistic vegan and sustainable lifestyles is growing around the globe. So when you buy a James&Co product, you're not just buying a product. You are joining forces with the growing community of people who eschew lifestyle elements that harm the environment and animals. And you'll get the great feeling that you know you look good while doing good!
What are James&Co products made from?
James&Co womens outerwear is tailored in fabrics which are both sustainable and cruelty-free vegan. 2018 was a significant year when we moved from chemicals-based vegan leather to water-based fabric and introduced Pinatex pineapple leaf leather look fabric.
Vegan leather - polyurethane or PU
When we started business in 2012, the only alternative to real leather for womens jackets and coats was 100% synthetic leather generically referred to as polyurethane or ‘PU’. The polyurethane vegan leather fabric is very similar in appearance and texture to natural leather but it does not contain any animal products. While it is preferable to real leather, and its manufacture needs to comply with standards of the EU and other countries, polyurethane is not yet a fabric that can can be called sustainable or eco-friendly.
The PU fabric for faux/vegan leather is made by the coating a synthetic base fabric (such as polyester or nylon) with a chemical compound paste and then drying it. The polyurethane coating is applied to a single side of the base fabric and it makes the fabric water resistant, light weight and flexible.
In some sense, the more correct term is ‘PU coated fabric’ because the actual fabric component is the underlying synthetic polyester or nylon.
However, it is not an environmentally friendly paste or process. This is mainly because the coating paste has very high levels of the toxic solvent DMF (dimethyl formamide). When emitted during traditional PU processing, the solvent eventually becomes greenhouse gas.
Fortunately since 2012 there have been technological innovations leading to the development of alternative leather fabrics eliminating DMF and which are sustainable and eco-friendly. One of these innovations is water-based PU (WBPU) and it is the fabric which James&Co has switched to.
Vegan leather fabric made without chemicals - 'eco leather'
In 2018 James&Co was introduced to an artificial leather fabric that was developed switching from DMF-based polyurethane production to a water-based process (WBPU). In WBPU, water is the medium used to create foamed polyurethane dispersions as the coating material for the underlying fabric, so it's eco-friendly and harmless to the human body.
The WBPU coating material is environmentally-friendly. It does not contain any toxic chemicals and is non-flammable.
The fabric is both soft and breathable, and suitable for lightweight products such as womens outerwear.
According to our manufacture of the new fabrics which is a China technology textile company 'Our product uses essentially different materials & technology from traditional PU on market now, regarding the origin of the process. It simulates the interior structure of real leather by foaming technology and has a very good air permeability with no need to punch by laser, and very soft touch feeling. Therefore, it’s proved soft enough to be used in jackets, coats etc'.
We are the first business to buy this sustainable leather fabric for apparel and the jackets made with it are indeed soft and look great. We call it eco leather. All leather look products will be tailored in eco leather.
Pinatex pineapple leaf leather
James&Co has been following the development of the alternative fabric to leather which is made from pineapple leaves and known as Pinatex. In 2018, the Pinatex business approved James&Co as a customer for purchasing their fabrics. As with the eco vegan leather, the first applications were for products requiring thicker fabrics - furniture, shoes, bags. As it developed to become adaptable to womens outerwear, we were ready to lead. Read more about Pinatex.
Where are James&Co products made?
We believe in and practise supply chain transparency. Since our switch from tailoring in toxic traditional pu we have been re-building our supply chain. To source the best more sustainable eco leather fabrics from responsible suppliers and the best tailored products from responsible suppliers. All our suppliers must comply with our Supplier Code Of Conduct. And their own Sustainability Policies and goals are hugely important at asll.
What packaging is used for a James&Co product?
Our coats and jackets are packed in a non-woven bag.
How do you dispose of excess stock?
For end-of-life products, we donate to Good 360 for distribution to needy.
Do you have a Sustainability Policy?
Yes we do. We are committed to leadership in the sustainable cruelty-free fashion market. Read it here.
Where is James&Co headquartered?
James&Co is headquartered in Sydney, Australia. We supply our products globally through wholesaling to retailers in-store and on-line.
How long has James&Co been in business?
We combine the purposes for which we were founded - contributing to doing good for the environment and the animal kingdom - with our business purpose of making of being successful.
Do you support charities or NFPs?
A fundamental tenet of the James&Co business is to support raising wareness of mental health issues and work to reduce suicide rates. 5% of each sale is donated to organisations in the US, UK and Australia working to reduce suicide rates and raise awareness of mental health issues.
We are a corporate supporter of Lifeline in Australia.
We are a business supporter of Peta in the US. Customers who buy using the Discount Code PETA get a 10% price reduction. We donate that 10% back to PETA.
We are a member of Common Objective in the UK.
How do I place an order?
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