Bag materials and manufacturing

Durable and timeless design

Timeless design guarantees long-lasting products that will withstand the test of time. Instead of fashion items, we design timeless classics, options for slow consumption. We design our products to withstand use, and the long-lasting leather material combined with high-quality professional competence in the sewing phase guarantee that your bag will withstand wear for a long time. One sign of good design is that our bags can be repaired. It is important to design a product in such a manner that it is possible to replace worn parts, such as zippers and metal locks. Leather is a durable material, and a bag that is well taken care of and maintained will last from user to user. Our goal is to design products whose long life reduces the product’s carbon footprint.

Sustainable manufacture

Leather bags

Our leather bags are cut and sewn at a small family-owned leather studio in Greece. Our seamstresses are skillful artisans with competence and extensive experience of their work. The company follows our sustainable product design guidelines in its operations. Starting right from the design phase, material efficiency, lifetime optimisation and reparability of the products are taken into consideration. This is how Utua wants to ensure that the entire bag collection is manufactured sustainably and that the environmental load of the production remains minimal. As a part of our sustainable operations, we have strived to keep our transport distances to a minimum. Our staff is covered by the European labour legislation, and their working conditions and salaries are in line with the European practices.

With its design, Utua wants to steer modern people’s purchase behaviour into a more sustainable direction. One excellent example of this is the PaLa bag collection where the material efficacy of leather has been perfected. The bag is sewn from excess pieces generated from the production of other bags in order to avoid material waste. Regardless of this, we haven’t had to compromise on the individuality, comfort of use, long service life, or functionality of the PaLa bags. Each bag is unique, and the patches can be placed in different locations. At the same time, these bags have to be just as faultless and functional as a bag that is sewn from a bigger, more uniform leather piece. This requires high-level craftmanship. At best, the piece bags are a colour extravaganza full of joy, and they represent a joy of life and sustainability that are in line with the company values.

One part of sustainability is to plan the utilisation of the material as carefully as possible. We efficiently utilise any excess pieces that are generated when manufacturing our bags. The largest excess pieces continue their life as Utua coin pouches, and the smaller pieces are used as patches to make our PaLa bags.

Ecological materials


Leather is a genuine natural product! It is breathable and warm, and it has individual characteristics that make each hide unique.

The leather used for our bags is mainly obtained as byproduct material from the food production in the Nordic countries. The animal protection legislation in the Nordic countries is among the strictest in the world, guaranteeing good living conditions and care of the animals. Repurposing byproduct hides from the food industry into a durable bag that can be used for years is an ecological act, since the leather itself is problem waste. The leather manufacture takes place in an environmentally friendly manner in Italy, in a factory using a closed water circulation system which prevents the process waters from being discharged in sewers, and where the use of water and chemicals is minimised, among other measures. The workers have good and safe working conditions. Our leather producer follows the requirements of the UNI EN ISO 9001:2015 quality management standard and ISO14001:2015 environmental system standard.

The most common practice is to use chrome for leather tanning. Some of Utua’s bags are vegetable-parked (or bark-tanned), which is more ecological option than chrome-tanning. Vegetable-tanning uses biodegradable oil, not burdening the water system in the same way as the traditional chrome-tanning process. Vegetable-tanning is slower and requires more manual labour than chrome-tanning, and therefore it is also less common. However, chrome-tanning can also be done safely if the tanner has mastered the process. There are two kinds of chrome: chrome VI and chrome III. Chrome VI is allergenic and possibly carcinogenic, whereas chrome III is not dangerous, but it can cause an allergic reaction in a very sensitive individual (but more often than not, this does not happen). In chrome-tanning processes around the world, chrome III is generally used. However, during the process, chrome III may become chrome VI if the processer is not fully familiar with the task. This fact is widely known in the EU, and there is competence to carry out the tanning process. Outside the EU, however, one cannot be as sure of the process competence. This is one of the weighty reasons for Utua’s strategic decision to stay within the EU. The EU has established several standards and strict requirements for leather processes and chrome contents, and in general, it can be concluded that the leather processed and produced in the EU is safe. Chrome helps the leather to obtain certain qualities, such as more colour options and a better thermal and water resistance in comparison with vegetable-tanning, which explains its popularity.

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Nämä toimitusehdot ovat voimassa 10.11.2020 alkaen.


Brahenkatu 10
92100 Raahe


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Right of withdrawal

You have the right to cancel this agreement within 14 days without giving any reason. The withdrawal period ends within 14 days starting from the day you received the last shipment, or in the case of downloadable products, from the moment you received the order.

In order to exercise the right of withdrawal, you must notify us of your decision to cancel the agreement in an unambiguous way (for example, by mail or by email). You can also use our printable return form, but its use is not mandatory.

To comply with the deadline for withdrawal, it is sufficient that you submit your notice of cancellation before the end of the withdrawal period.

Effects of withdrawal

If you withdraw from this contract, we shall reimburse to you all payments received from you, including the costs of delivery (with the exception of the supplementary costs resulting from your choice of a type of delivery other than the least expensive type of standard delivery offered by us), without undue delay and in any event not later than 14 days from the day on which we are informed about your decision to withdraw from this contract. We will carry out such reimbursement using the same means of payment as you used for the initial transaction, unless you have expressly agreed otherwise; in any event, you will not incur any fees as a result of such reimbursement.

You must return the goods without delay and no later than 14 days after informing us about your decision to withdraw from the contract. The deadline is met if you send back the goods before the period of 14 days has expired.

You are only responsible for the kind of value decrease of the goods that did not result from treatment that is required for determining the nature, properties and functionality of the goods.

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