Burberry has been working with partner tanneries in Italy to push for internationally recognised ‘environmental, traceability and social certifications’ with the goal of all its leather being from ‘certified’ tanneries next year. The current figure is 49% – this is a big increase from 1% in 2017/2018, suggesting its partners applied for certification during this time.
Last September, Burberry paid £14.5 million for Burberry Manifattura, a Florence-based luxury leather handbags and accessories manufacturer that employs 1,000 “highly skilled craftsmen and women”. In its annual report, Burberry also said that 3.7 tonnes of leather offcuts had been turned into accessories by UK brand Elvis & Kresse since 2017. However, elsewhere in the report, Elvis & Kresse put the figure at 120 tonnes.
Burberry chairman Gerry Murphy said: “It has been an exciting year for Burberry with the brand relaunch and our new chief creative officer Riccardo Tisci’s debut collections both landing well with consumers, influencers and our wholesale partners. We have also made significant progress on the evolution of our distribution channels, our operational excellence programme and ensuring we have the talent to deliver our strategy. “We recognise that our strategy is all-absorbing and has had a huge impact on all parts of the business. We are currently at the apex of our creative transition and our CEO Marco Gobbetti and our management team are managing the business dynamically through this exciting but challenging transformation.”