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Our Story

 

 
“Be the change you want to see in the world”.
Welcome to our world! 
We are Regine and Dave, founders of LOOOPE, a values-driven business bringing quality leather products to your doorstep.  And we’re delighted to serve you.
Our mission is to build a business that makes a difference, not just for our own lives, but for the greater good and for sustainable commerce.
And this is how…

LOOOPE is ethical…

 

Having immigrated to New Zealand from the Philippines and India respectively, we have observed up-close the effects of low-cost country sourcing that drives poverty and inequality. Our vision is to be part of the solution through economic sustainability, empowering true artisans producing quality products with care, rather than low-cost/low quality mass-production that exploits communities.

 

We have partnered with a talented family of artisans in Guangzhou who both design and hand-make these beautiful leather pieces.   Like us, they are passionate and proud of the quality they produce, working to build better futures for themselves and their families. 

This is us with Anson when we visited him in his humble work space in Guangzhou. His passion with leather works started with his admiration of the Western cowboy style. He started designing and handcrafting leather accessories in his early 20's back in 2010. From there, he expanded his craftsmanship to satchels and handbags. He is now married to Joy and has two kids (with one more on the way!). 

LOOOPE is sustainable…

 

We are proud to be part of the circular economy, diverting a valuable resource (top quality leather) and by-product of the agriculture industry away from landfill.  (We do not source from animals raised specifically for their leather).

 

Over 90% of our packaging is biodegradable and recyclable, with zero landfill waste being our ultimate goal.  We continue to look for opportunities to improve, and keep our materials and processes in line with industry best practice.

 

LOOOPE is quality…

 

Our commitment to excellence infuses everything we do, which is why we chose to bring our customers handcrafted and handsewn bags, luggage and accessories made of exceptional quality genuine leather. 

 

Sourced from the US and Italy, we use either ‘Top Grain’ or ‘Full Grain” leather, which is the topmost layer of skin that produces a stronger, more durable, and flexible leather to work with.   Nothing compares to the sensual experience of beautiful leather with its’ characteristic look, feel and smell.  Not to mention the unique and unmistakable leather patina that develops with the passage of time.

 

LOOOPE gives back…

 

Everything we do is with the greater good in mind.  Every time you make a LOOOPE purchase, you are supporting one of three New Zealand charities who exist to support New Zealand families.  Whether it’s parents, children, couples or the sick and elderly our charities operate to strengthen the family unit, and represent generational giving, supporting the circle of life.  Check them out here:

 

The Parenting Place - Providing inspirational support for parents with a range of programmes, courses, camps and resources tailored for whanau – through the full parenting cycle.

Family Life supporting healthy family and relationships with events, workshops and resources designed to inspire and equip families for healthy lives together.

Hospice New Zealand provides holistic services that support the whole person (and their whanau) with exceptional palliative care.

 

LOOOPE is here for you…

 

Your satisfaction with LOOOPE’s products and service is central to our business, and a source of pride for us.  We are confident in the quality of our products, and this is backed with a  , and a hassle-free refund if you are unhappy with your purchase.

 

For our New Zealand customers, we offer fast, free shipping (no minimum spend required) to ensure your gorgeous leather gets to you quickly.  If your item is a special gift, we also offer a complimentary gift-wrapping service, with additional personal touches available (such as a hand-written gift card).

 

We believe you will love our products as much as we do. Once you have purchased a LOOOPE product, sign up to our newsletter to be in the know for new products, exclusive offers and savings.

 

Thank you for supporting LOOOPE!