ONAR's sustainable foundation is built on circular economy and innovative use of ecological shearling. The idea for ONAR was born from the founder Irene Kostas' ambition and passion to better use of resources and as an antithesis to fashion's much increasing use of plastic-based materials - always cruelty-free as no living creature is exploited for our clothes. The aim is to always deliver highest quality both in terms of material and craftsmanship; quality craftsmanship runs in the family of ONAR founder & creative director Irene Kostas.
ONAR only uses premium shearling that is byproduct of food and would otherwise go to waste; all shearlings are traceable European origin (
Britain, Italy, Iceland, Spain and Greece) and the clothes are handmade in Greece and in Finland.
ONAR strictly follows a zero-waste policy. The tanneries belong to Leather Working Group that on its behalf controls sustainable practices among the leather industry.
Shearling as a material has some amazing capabilities: as a natural material it truly recovers itself from rain and stains. It is antibacterial and breathing; shearling adapts to your body temperature and will keep you as warm as needed. This is why you can actually use shearling from early fall throughout winter until late spring. ONAR uses shearling in reversible garments were the leather side is water-repellent and both in lined garments that have a 100% viscose lining.