GUNAS NEW YORK

Black Rotunda Cross-Body Bag

Cruelty-Free Ethically Made Handmade Vegan Waste Not | Want Not

Stand out from the crowd with the new Black Rotunda from GUNAS New York.

A cross-body style with a difference, the Rotunda has been inspired by some of the great domed buildings of the world, including the Capitol in Washington, the Guggenheim Museum and Rome's Pantheon. Designed as a symbol of important issues of our times, such as women's rights, equality and animal rights, this style is on track to become the new 'It bag'.

Made from 100% vegan textured eco-polyurethane, the Rotunda features internal slip pockets, lead/nickel free gunmetal finish hardware and a long shoulder strap. 

more colours

Also available in Lilac, Tan and Green.

materials

- 100% vegan eco-polyurethane (PU) (non-toxic and PVC-free)
-  Lead/nickel free hardware

Two primary things make footwear and accessories products vegan: (1) they contain no leather or other skins, and (2) they are not made using any animal-based glue.

Various terms are used to describe the materials used for vegan shoes, bags, etc. These include vegan leather/suede, faux leather/suede, and micro-leather/micro-suede These materials are typically made from man-made microfibre.

While historically non-leather alternatives have received a bad rap for their toxicity and poor quality, among other things, modern production techniques mean that today's materials are far less environmentally damaging and of much higher quality. Polyurethane (PU) is commonly used, rather than the more toxic PVC, and many microfibres are produced using at least some portion of recycled materials. Furthermore, the newest forms use a water-based method to apply the PU to the fabric, rather than the highly toxic solvents that were traditionally used.

Microfibre fabric is lightweight, durable, and somewhat water repellant, so it makes a good substitute for leather. Microfibre is also made into Ultrasuede, which is cheaper and easier to clean and sew than natural suede leather.

Although there are some environmental concerns about microfibres entering the oceanic food chain via washing, this is not an issue with footwear and accessories, as these items are not washed.

All of Ecoture's carefully-selected vegan shoes and accessories are made from the highest-quality faux leathers and faux suedes. Our partner brands are focused not only on the vegan and cruelty-free aspects of their products, but also on their ethical and sustainability impacts.

More information on the materials, ethics and sustainability of the footwear industry can be found in our blog post, Is there something wrong with your shoes?

size

21.6cm W x 21.6cm H x 8.25cm D. Strap drop 53.3cm.

ethics

GUNAS is a PETA-approved brand.

Item is handmade in South Korea, 100% sweatshop free.

Cruelty-Free, Ethically Made, Handmade, Vegan

shipping + delivery

Please note this item will ship directly from the designer. Delivery may take up to 7 days following order confirmation. 

Shipping will be additional to the displayed price and will be calculated at checkout.

International tracking will be provided upon dispatch.

returns

If you need to return this item, you must notify us within 14 days of receipt so that we can communicate with the brand on your behalf. 

#wastenotwantnot

This item is eligible for return under our Waste not, Want not program. For more information on the program, and its T&Cs, please see our WNWN page.

Materials: Kowtow

Organic cotton is grown using methods and materials that have a low impact on the environment. It is grown without the use of toxic and persistent pesticides and synthetic fertilizers, and the use of genetically-engineered seed is prohibited.

Fairtrade certification

All Kowtow cotton is certified by Fairtrade Labelling Organisations International (FLO). Fairtrade empowers farmers to negotiate with buyers to secure better prices for their cotton. Every season, certified farmer groups receive a premium to be spent on community projects such as medical costs, irrigation schemes to conserve rainwater, books and clothes for school children, farmer education, training and upgrades.

Kowtow's cotton is organically farmed and free from genetically modified seeds to benefit the soil, cotton and farmers. Crops are rain-fed and hand-picked. Organic farming is achieved through companion planting, crop rotations and on-site green waste composting to eliminate the use of chemicals harmful to farmers and their families. Cotton is a sustainable, recyclable and biodegradable fiber.

Sustainable trims

Kowtow only uses sustainably sourced trims. The label's buttons are made in Italy from recycled hemp. Its denim tacks and sliders are nickel-free and made in a SA8000-certified factory in Germany. They are tested by OEKO-TEX for harmful substances and come under the Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) and ISO 14000 environmental management standard.

GOTS-approved printing, dyeing & washing

Kowtow's prints and fabrics use Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) approved inks and dyes, which are free from chlorine bleach, toxic heavy metals, formaldehyde and aromatic solvents. The brand only uses GOTS-approved washes for its garments, from lightweight jersey to denim. GOTS ensures sustainable use and treatment of water used in these processes.