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Votch is the vegan leather watch charity that gives back, and they are one of the coolest new vegan brands of the moment, who just won a PETA award for best vegan menswear watch. We caught up with founder Laura for a chat. Keep on reading to find out more about this awesome new brand, and how you could win one of these gorgeous watches worth £120!
Who are Votch?
'Votch is a vegan leather watch company that is designed in London and launched in 2016. We love animals at Votch, and we don't feel anything should have to die in order for us to wear anything. The company is run by myself, Laura Stageman and my rehomed pooch Rolo, who spends his days in the office with me, either picking colours for the next range or singing along to his harmonica (true story).'
What inspired you to start Votch?
'After suffering with a condition called Topical Steroid Withdrawal which saw me confined to bed and bath for months on end, I took this time to view many documentaries and read up on one of the things I have always been passionate about, animal welfare. Upon getting better, I knew I had to create something where I could give back…and when an old watch strap broke and it proved impossible to find a vegan leather watch that I liked, the idea for Votch was born – high quality, sleek timepieces fitted with vegan leather straps. We also partner with a different charity of the season where we donate 10% of our profits every 3 months.'
Why do you use vegan leather and what alternatives do you use?
'Animal agriculture is destroying our planet, and is the leading cause of climate change and deforestation. Coupled with the heartbreaking treatment of animals – over one billion animals are slaughtered a year for leather and a high proportion is exported from countries where no animal welfare standards are in place. Tanneries can also be a highly toxic environment for the individuals working in them, where they are exposed to dangerous chemicals that also affect the surrounding areas that they live in too. Our straps are made up of 2 layers, the bottom layer is fabric knitted mix where we use cotton, and the top layer is PU (we never use PVC). As the demand for faux leather increases, we are always striving to source the greenest forms available, all of our straps comply with REACH regulations, so no harmful chemicals are used in the production of our straps, and certainly nothing had to die for them either.
What is the future for Votch?
'We are planning our next range now that will launch early in the new year. Our aim always moving forward is to always see where and how we can improve as a company, as well as being able to help all the charities that we support.This is just the beginning and we can't wait to see where our new journey takes us.'
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