HOZEN, which means conservation in Japanese, was born in 2018 from a deeply rooted commitment to respecting and protecting the planet. The brainchild of designer Rae Nicoletti, who studied hand leatherwork at San Francisco’s Amblard Leather Atelier under Hermés master artisan Beatrice Amblard, the vegan accessory brand remains guided by a simple philosophy as it evolves: Doing good can—and should—look as incredible as it feels. Ultimately, HOZEN represents a peaceful rebellion against the harsh realities of the leather and fashion industries, bringing form, function, and fairness together as one.
HOZEN accessories are crafted lovingly from eco-friendly, plant-based leathers, post-consumer recycled plastic zippers and thread; natural rubber and remnant rope; recycled cotton labels; and recycled paper packaging and hang tags—all of it sourced from factories around the world with high standards of ethics, responsibility, and governance. Each piece is made in small batches at a fair wage factory in Los Angeles, and, in line with HOZEN's commitment to recognize individual makers, comes with a card featuring the smiling face of the artisan who crafted it.
In the words of Anna Lappé, renowned author, educator, and advocate for sustainability and justice along the food chain, "every time you spend money, you're casting a vote for the kind of world you want." To that end, each purchase not only supports HOZEN's mission but is also an investment in the innovative and forward-thinking suppliers with whom we have partnered. By merging consumerism with good conscience, HOZEN is proud to play a pivotal role in protecting our most valuable statement piece, Mother Earth—and we invite you, dear customer, to join us.