The innovation in a nutshell
Using leftovers from winemaking to create fully vegetal leather.
More in detail
Architect Gianpiero Tessitore was working on his furniture designs when he realized that the fashion industry still can’t offer a truly green alternative to animal and synthetic leather. Together with industrial chemist Francesco Merlino, he embarked on a mission to find one.
After three years of research they discovered that grape skins, stalks and seeds discarded during wine production are is ideal for making 100% vegetal leather. No toxic solvents, heavy metals or dangerous substances are needed in the production process.
Team members: Rosa Rossella Longobardo, Gianpiero Tessitore, Francesco Merlino and Valentina Longobardo