About Matt & Nat


vegan, cruelty-free, recycled


About Matt & Nat

The idea behind MAT(T)ERIAL and NATURE originally came to life in 1995, in Montreal. Matt & Nat are passionate and in awe of the world that surrounds us. Being inspired by MAT(T)erial and NATure means exploring the synergy between the two, that is, the reflection of one on the other.

Matt & Nat live by a simple motto: “Live beautifully”. Living beautifully means appreciating the humanity, creativity, and positivity found in all of us. Values include social responsibility, excellence, inclusiveness, integrity, learning, authenticity and, of course, love.


From the start, being committed to not using leather or any other animal-based materials in their designs felt natural. Each season, Matt & Nat continue to explore new innovative ways to remain sustainable and eco-friendly. Over the years, Matt & Nat have been experimenting with different recycled materials such as recycled nylons, cardboard, rubber and cork. Since 2007, Matt & Nat have been committed to using linings only made out of 100% recycled plastic bottles. Matt & Nat use over 1 million recycled plastic bottles each year to produce their linings.

Workers matter every step of the way

Building personal relationships with each of the factories is important to Matt & Nat. Each factory is regularly and diligently visited and a point is made to build strong bonds with the owners; they too are a part of the Matt & Nat family. While a quality product is provided, the conditions of the workers developing it are on par with Matt & Nats high standard. The factories operate by the SA8000 standard, which ensures quality work conditions for all. 



New Initiatives each season

With each season, Matt & Nat make a point to offer customers the cutting edge of ethical and eco-friendly fashion. Materials are consistently improved and updated with composites that are less harmful to flora and fauna. 
The materials are always vegan. PU is always preferred over PVC, as it is less harmful to the environment. More renewable materials like cork and rubber are also frequently used in our designs. All our linings are made out of 100% recycled plastic bottles; on average, that represents over 120,000 recycled bottles a year. Approximately 21 plastic bottles are recycled for every bag we produce.

Matt & Nat strive to design timeless and durable styles. Each season, several quality control tests are performed on all new styles.  The designs are well thought out and meant to be practical. Furthermore, thanks to their durability and strength, the bags can last a very long time and, hence, are sustainable products.

Live beautifully 

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