OUR VALUES

Why do we call what we do ‘responsible’ and not ‘sustainable’?
Because we choose not to greenwash. A lot of other brands would call what we do sustainable.
But we believe that producing things will inevitably leave a footprint and therefore is not sustainable.
This is why we prefer to call what we do ‘responsible production’. To us, this feels more honest.

We put a lot of care into making informed choices. We strive to step lightly and pay attention to
even the smallest steps in our production process. We embrace the ongoing learning
this commitment requires. We believe quality and integrity must go hand in hand throughout
the design and production process. To us, this brings heart and soul to everything we do.

HANDMADE IN GERMANY
BY EXPERT ARTISANS
GERMAN TANNED
GOLD-CERTIFIED LEATHER
LOCALLY SOURCED AND
RESPONSIBLY PRODUCED
$10 DONATED TO EMC FOR
EVERY BAG SOLD
TO LAST FOR GENERATIONS,
NOT SEASONS
WOMEN-LED,
WOMEN-RUN
WE KNOW EVERYONE
WHO WORKS ON OUR BAGS
RECYCLING, REUSING,
MINIMAL-WASTE

HANDMADE IN GERMANY BY EXPERT ARTISANS

“After having spent 24 years in New York in the fashion business and having worked with manufactures all over the world, I wanted to focus on working with artisans to produce Lutz Morris. It has always been important to me to know the conditions under which things are being made, who is making them and how people are being treated.”

We don’t believe in working with big factories in far off places, but with small family-run workshops where we know everyone personally and where individual attention is given to everything they create.
We produce exclusively in Germany with local artisans and centuries-old family run businesses.
We want the next generation to see a future for themselves in learning the craft and the value of keeping this expertise and heritage alive.
We foster and value the individual attention invested in every single piece.

GERMAN TANNED GOLD-CERTIFIED LEATHER

Our German tannery is gold rated by the LWG (Leather Working Group), the world’s leading auditor of environmental practices in the leather industry.

To receive this gold rating, all components of the tanning process must also be LWG gold rated (hides, dyes, etc.).
The LWG conducts unannounced tannery inspections several times a year.
Our German leather is also ECO2L certified, utilizing the world’s first auditing method for calculating the energy efficiency and CO2 emission of a tannery.
The tannery utilizes a closed-loop water supply with its own water treatment plant allowing for a net-zero water usage - all water used is returned to its source as it came.
We do not use exotics. Instead, we turn to Italy to achieve the same look through embossed Italian leathers hand-painted by Italian artisans.

LOCALLY SOURCED AND RESPONSIBLY PRODUCED

We believe making things consciously and with purpose, products that anyone could feel good about purchasing.

Every component of every bag is sourced as close as possible to our German factories to minimize shipping distances and keep our carbon footprint as low as possible. We call this ‘slow production’.

90% of our bag components come from Germany. 10% come from nearby Italy and Spain.
All our leather, hardware and packaging are produced under the strictest EU environmental regulations.
Jewelers in the Black Forest create our 24k gold-plated brass chains, hand-soldering each link to create a seamless chain.
A 160-year-old German family run business makes our 100% recycled, tear and abrasion resistant sewing thread.
We use water-based solvents in our glues and edge paints. We do not use chemical solvents.

$10 DONATED TO EMC FOR EVERY BAG SOLD

EveryMotherCounts is dedicated to preventing maternal mortality worldwide, making pregnancy and childbirth safe for every mother, everywhere. This work is crucial because one woman dies every two minutes as a result of complications during pregnancy and childbirth. 

Our founder, Tina Lutz Morris, has been involved with the charity since its inception.

EMC was founded by Tina's friend, Christy Turlington Burns.
They met in 2000 and worked closely together for 5 years. They traveled together, were at each other's weddings, became office neighbors in New York and had children at the same time.
When Christy had life-threatening complications during childbirth, she became aware of how lucky she was to have had excellent maternal healthcare and how so many women globally are not as fortunate.
The idea for EveryMotherCounts was born and Christy founded the charity in 2010.

Giving back has always been important to Tina and when she started Lutz Morris she saw a clear path to contributing to EMC.
To do this, Tina chose to be concrete and transparent and donate a flat $10 from every bag sold instead of donating an obscure percentage of proceeds.
$10 might not sound like a lot, but for some bags this amounts to as much as 10% of the proceeds.

EveryMotherCounts.org

TO LAST FOR GENERATIONS, NOT SEASONS

We believe in buying less, but buying better.
We believe in timeless, seasonless design that doesn’t go out of style.
We pay a great deal of attention to the quality and craftmanship of our products.
We want every Lutz Morris creation to last for generations, not just seasons.
We understand that accidents can happen, which is why we offer refurbishing and repairing services to make this mission possible.

Please contact service@lutzmorris.com for inquiries.

 

WOMEN-LED, WOMEN-RUN

Our founder Tina Lutz Morris believes in supporting women and minorities. Read more about Tina here.

We are an all-female team in our design studio in Berlin and we work with PR and sales agencies around the world that are all women-led.
Even our German tannery is owned and led by a strong, forward thinking woman.

 

WE KNOW EVERYONE WHO WORKS ON OUR BAGS

We believe in a close and transparent relationship between our Berlin based design studio and everyone who is part of our production chain.
We only partner with manufacturers who care for their employees and provide a safe and respectful working environment.

We can personally guarantee that everyone who works on our bags receives:
- full health insurance
- 26 – 30 days of vacation per year, depending on seniority.
- 6 weeks of sick leave paid at full salary, after that paid at 80% of salary.
- maternity leave for mother or father for up to three years.
- job security through the end of maternity leave.
- prolonged maternity leave of another three years for additional pregnancies.
- safe and healthy working conditions regularly spot checked by the German government and us.

 

RECYCLING, REUSING, MINIMAL-WASTE

We are committed to minimizing waste in all stages of the design and production process.
All our packaging is biodegradable and free of plastic material.
We reuse or recycle all boxes and packaging material.
We do not oversample or overproduce, thereby avoiding any finished products being wasted or destroyed.