Vegea leather, wine leather, grape leather, fruit leather, plant-based leather, alternative leather, automotive leather, next-gen leather for cars, cactus leather, MII Next-gen Materials.
Vegea
Material Name: 

n/a

Biomimicry: 

Leather

Main Input: 

Plant-derived

Founded: 

2016

HQ: 

Italy

TRL: 

5

Founder(s): 

Francesco Merlino, Gianpiero Tessitore, Valentina Longobardo

Website: 
About the Company

Founded in 2016 in Milan, the next-gen company Vegea was created to promote the integration between chemistry and agriculture through the development of new eco-sustainable products.. The architect Gianpiero Tessitore and the environmental chemist Francesco Merlino became business partners when they discovered that grape marc (the remains after pressing the grapes into wine) contains fibers and oils ideal for the development of a more sustainable material that resembles the mechanical, aesthetic and sensory characteristics of a cow’s skin.

Material

Vegea is known for their grape leather innovation. In collaboration with Italian wineries, Vegea patented a process for the production of grape leather made from wine residues, without using any toxic solvents, heavy metals, or harmful substances.

Technology

Vegea customized the technology and machinery from the leather-making industry. The process starts after the grape juice has been extracted for wine. The remains, called grape marc, which include the skins, stalks, and seeds, are dried in a process that produces reusable water. After drying, the grape marc undergoes chemical treatment, compounding, and finishing. Unlike the production of animal leather, Vegea’s process uses no polluting chemicals or heavy metals and uses very little additional water.

Applications

Upholstery, Fashion, Accessories

Selected Brand Partnerships

Bentley, Serapian, Ganni, H&M, others.

Ganni flip-flops made with Vegea.

Ganni flip-flops made with Vegea.

Maison Peaux Neuves bag made with Vegea.

Maison Peaux Neuves bag made with Vegea.

Le Coq Sportif sneaker made with Vegea.

Le Coq Sportif sneaker made with Vegea.