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Hilco Prime: Home-grown design

Would you like to know exactly where your chair comes from? With Hilco, Leolux has made that possible. A unique experiment, you might call it, in which Leolux has done everything in its power to create a local item of furniture. We can tell you exactly where our materials come from. And local products have another important advantage: the raw materials have travelled fewer miles, which means we are directly contributing to a cleaner world.

100% home-grown

The Hilco Prime armchair is local in every way. Hilco designer Patrick Belli comes from the south of the province and the product development took place at Leolux in Venlo, as did the full production of the Hilco Prime.

The high-quality raw materials all originate from the region. The most standout material is the Corus leather, originating from Limburg’s Limousin cattle. In a unique new production chain, the hides are regionally processed into premium full grain leather. They are produced using probiotics, which means we use less water and energy than for “normal” furniture leather. But they are also fully biodegradable and traceable to the actual pasture in which the animal was grazing.

Where does your Hilco Prime come from?

Hilco Prime is upholstered with Corus full grain leather. This leather originates from cattle from the Limburg-based Limousin Regionaal foundation. Would you like to know where the leather on your Hilco Prime comes from? Fill in the unique code displayed on the passport you received with your Hilco Prime. This code reveals the origins of your armchair.

Sample code: 905300
The above code leads to one of the suppliers of our Limousin leather.

Close circle

Pioneering developments always need to overcome certain obstacles. When we went looking for suppliers, we decided to first look in our own city, Venlo. But obviously we couldn't find everything we needed. We then looked further afield, still trying to keep the circle around our factory as small as possible. The greatest distance between Leolux and a supplier is now 125 kilometres.

Of all the materials, we’ve had most success with the leather. Normally speaking, a hide will travel around two thousand kilometres from the pasture to the Leolux factory. Our own Corus leather travels a good deal less. An impressive 75% less! From the Limburg pasture to the tannery and finally to Leolux, the entire route is just five hundred kilometres.

Blue

In terms of sustainability, Leolux draws its inspiration from the Blue Economy. This theory extends further than merely the environment and embraces the regional economy too. To do this, Leolux uses the expertise of IBI2, a co-initiator of the programme to produce local leather. Leolux has taken huge steps with the production of this local leather. For example, the hides travel 75% fewer kilometres, which means lower emissions of particulate matter and CO2 by lorries. Furthermore, the economy in the region is stimulated (livestock farmers, tanneries, suppliers) and the production process is also cleaner because in the most polluting part of the process (the wethouse/beamhouse), we save 15% on water and energy thanks to the use of probiotics.

Hilco Prime is a milestone, a choice for the future

Hilco Prime is a conscious choice. A choice for shorter distances, for collaboration with local suppliers and local talent and for our own innovative natural leather, which is both traceable and biodegradable.

Hilco Prime is an initiative of Leolux and IBI2 and came about with the support of the Province of Limburg. With the participation of LLTB/Arvalis and the Limousin Regionaal foundation. We are grateful to all our partners who contributed their knowledge and creativity.