Desiree Kleinen, the visionary force behind Ree Projects, has left a mark on the world of luxury bags. With two decades of experience garnered from esteemed luxury houses, Desiree embarked on her entrepreneurial journey in 2016, birthing a brand that echoes her distinct ethos of functional elegance.
What sets Ree Projects apart is its unwavering commitment to ethical, inclusive, and responsible practices. From factory audits to partnering exclusively with those who uphold European labor standards, every aspect of the brand's operations is infused with a deep sense of responsibility. Their dedication to an inclusive workplace and a workforce predominantly comprised of women underpins their ethos, ensuring a positive impact on both individuals and communities.
Proudly bearing the "100% Made in Italy" tag, Ree Projects implements a '0 km production' policy. This means working exclusively with local suppliers near their factories, drastically reducing transportation distances and environmental impact. Family-owned factories in Italy, renowned for crafting luxury goods, are the backbone of their production. These partners share Ree Projects' commitment to sustainability, ensuring that every creation is a testament to both artistry and environmental stewardship.
When it comes to materials, Ree Projects demonstrates an uncompromising stance on leather sourcing. All leather used is a by-product of the food industry, aligning with EU reach compliance and avoiding exotic leathers altogether. Their collaboration with Leather Working Group (LWG) certified partners underscores their dedication to sustainable practices within the leather industry. While they hold leather as a durable and sustainable material, their ambition lies in achieving a 50/50 balance of leather and non-leather materials in their collections, prioritizing ZERO IMPACT leathers wherever possible.
Beyond fashion, Ree Projects builds its foundation on respect and dignity for all individuals. The brand thrives on authenticity, recognizing that a dedicated and inspired team is crucial to creating an honest and innovative brand. Inclusivity, female empowerment, mental health, and safety are non-negotiables in their work environment, fostering a culture of growth, self-improvement, and well-being. Rooted in the UN Sustainable Development Goals, Ree Projects' aspirations extend far beyond fashion, seeking to carve a path toward a more sustainable and equitable future for all.