Preferred & Prohibited Materials
Our preferred and prohibited materials lists guide us to create collections that are as time-lasting and sustainable as possible, while still in line with our vision of exploring the performance of masculinities.
In accordance to our Sustainability Standards, minimum 50% of each collections materials are either certified sustainable, new generation sustainable materials, upcycled, recycled or made of deadstock. The rest are almost entirely plant fibers, regenerated fibers, animal fibers or other fibers applicable for circular material technologies and recycling. Our prohibited materials are in accordance to the requirements of the EU REACH Directive.
Please see our 2022 Sustainability Report for detailed percentages of what materials we have used in the past and where they were produced.
If you would like to help us be better and make suggestions or comments to our preferred, accepted or prohibited materials, please don't hesitate to email us at email@example.com
- Recycled materials
- Regenerated materials of recycled origin
- More sustainable regenerated materials such as EcoVero™, Lyocell or Tencel™
- GOTS certified organic materials
- Monomaterials, as they are more easily recycled as mixed materials
- Naturally dyed or printed materials
- Other certified sustainable materials
- Vegetable tanned leather
- Plant based materials such as cotton or linen
- Regenerated cellulose based materials such as viscose or modal
- Mixed materials that are 100% cellulose based
- Materials made from animal fibers such as wool and silk
- Leather tanned in the EU and bred for food production
When inspecting this list you'll notice that we have prohibited materials that have less than 70% of a single fiber. This is based on information we have received from industry professionals as the current aspect ratio limit (70% recyclable fibers / 30% other fibers) that can still be mechanically or chemically separated when fabrics are recycled to new virgin materials. Our prohibited materials are:
- Angora wool
- Mulesed wool
- Exotic animal leather
- Leather tanned outside the EU
- Polyurethane, unless used as a coating for waterproofing purposes
- Cotton that is not BCI certified
- Non-recycled down
- Non-recycled synthetic materials in larger quantities than 30%*
- Materials with less than 70% of a single fiber (unless 100% of the fibers are cellulose based)*
- Any material not in accordance to the requirements of the EU REACH Directive
*Not applicable for limited amounts of showpiece items what will not be bulk produced.
What Are Plant, Animal, Regenerated and Synthetic Fibers ?
Plant fibers are generally cellulose based natural fibers that are derived from the stems, leaves, seeds or fruits of various plants. Most common plant fibers are cotton, linen, hemp, jute and sisal.
Animal fibers are natural protein based fibers that are collected from various mammals, insects and mollusks. Most common animal fibers are lambswool, cashmere, mohair, alpaca, camel and silk.
Regenerated fibers are commonly cellulose based, and at Latimmier we only use cellulose based regenerated fibers, due to their recycling capabilities. Regenerated, cellulose based fibers are man-made artificial fibers transformed from plant cellulose into yarn. Most common regenerated fibers are viscose, lyocell, cupro, modal, acetate and triacetate.
Synthetic fibers are man-made oil-based fibers manufactured through a chemical synthesis. Commonly used synthetic fibers are polyester, polyamide (Nylon), polyurethane, acrylic and elastane.
Please note that the contents of this page are a continuous work in progress. We regularly research and re-examine our preferred and prohibited materials lists based on latest information we are able to gather from industry professionals.
This page was last updated in May 2023.