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The next-gen, leather alternative

Thanks for your interest in NUVI Releaf


NUVI Releaf is a German start-up poised to bring next-gen, leather-alternatives to the world.

Enclosed in this document is everything you need to get started with our material.

Genuine sustainability

NUVI Releaf crafts materials that meet the highest sustainability standards. From social responsibility to environmental protection, we work exclusively with partners that respect nature, humans and traditional craftsmanship.

Here’s how our material stands out - every step of the way:

  • 100% natural 

  • No heavy metals, no harmful chemicals, nor plastics

  • Estimated CO2 reduction of 90% compared to leather

  • Made in Germany

  • 100% of raw materials sustainably sourced in the EU

  • Sustainability certified suppliers

  • Made from sustainable and/or upcycled raw materials, designed for a circular economy

  • Biodegradable

  • Vegan and cruelty-free

Technology meets Craftsmanship

NUVI embraces the obstacles of our time by producing innovative materials with a classic noblesse.  The result is a surface which looks amazing while also meeting the stringent, technical specifications of the industry. Here’s why NUVI Releaf material is a pleasure to use: 

  • Made from luxurious raw materials

  • Luxurious, smooth look and feel

  • Subtle, natural scents

  • Available in a range of colors

  • Customizable thickness, surface, strength and colors

  • Easy to clean 

  • Excellent durability and abrasion resistance

  • Optimal color-light fastness

  • Easily integrated into traditional manufacturing and design techniques  

  • Fully patented process

  • Available by the running meter

  • Competitively priced

Sample Kit Contents

You’ve got to feel it to believe it

What better way to gauge whether this material is right for you than to feel it in your hands. Although all our material has been rigorously tested by third-party laboratories, we invite you to be the judge. Your Test Kit includes samples of our signature Tobacco and Chalk in standard colors, thicknesses and surfaces.



Simply Elegant


Noble material with a warm, durable surface structure made from up-cycled tobacco. Available in a range of raw, undyed colors.


Its cognac tone is pigment-free and derived from pure, lightly scented Virginia tobacco. The backing is made from non-woven French flax. 

Color: raw undyed (colorado)

Surface: virgin / embossed

Thickness: 0.7mm

Ingredients: food grade starch, tobacco, alcohol, flax


Versatile and Colourful 

Seductive material with a soft, elastic surface texture made from Champagne chalk. Available in a range of light and bright colors.


The pigment is Cradle-to-Cradle® certified and the backing is made from non-woven French flax.

Color: dyed (charcoal)

Surface: virgin / embossed

Thickness: 0.7mm

Ingredients: food grade starches, chalk, alcohol, dye, flax

Custom Solutions

Endless Possibilities

Love this material but looking for something slightly different? NUVI offers customized material solutions. 

✓ Design a material made from a totally unique, exclusive raw material

✓ Create your own signature colour

✓ Select your surface (virgin, embossed, polished etc.)

✓ Define your thickness (0.5mm - 2.0mm)

✓ Enhance the technical properties (flexibility, durability, UV, water-resistance etc.)

What to make

Releaf material is incredibly versatile. From fashion to furniture, we encourage you to get creative!


Once you’ve completed your laboratory testing and/or prototype we'd love to line up a call to discuss your results! 



Releaf material can be easily integrated into traditional manufacturing techniques. Encourage your craftsmen to cut, sew, glue, stamp and laser it. If you encounter any challenges or have any questions, don’t hesitate to give us a shout. 

Caring for your material

Releaf material behaves similarly to genuine leather. Treat the surface with natural, leather care products or wipe down with a moist cloth to clean it.


Work With Us

We are a startup. As such, our material is currently being produced in handmade batches. Although the result is worlds apart from the polished, industrial-scale production process scheduled for April 2023, what we hope to achieve through this temporary phase is to showcase our potential whilst preparing for the exciting times ahead.



Next step 

Want to get started using NUVI material in your products? Once you’ve tried and tested our material, below is how we can work with you in the immediate future.

Material Development Agreement (MDA)

& First Mover Status


The Royal Treatment

Work with NUVI to design your unique, exclusive material. Through a bespoke R&D process, we’ll design a material tailored to your specific needs. Once you’re fully satisfied with the prototype, you will have the option of becoming a First Mover. As a First Mover, we’ll prioritize the industry-scale production of your material destined for a main/capsule collection. 

The MDA runs for 4-8 months. Pricing is based on a monthly fee.  

The benefits of developing your own material are many. Here’s what you can look forward to:  

  1. Design a unique material that meets your specific needs 

  2. Retain exclusive rights to your material

  3. Safely outsource your R&D costs and risks

  4. Closely control your supply chain and sustainability footprint

  5. Obtain priority access to NUVI’s maiden production run

  6. Ensure delivery reliability and product quality

Letter of Intent (LOI)

Priority Customer Status

Early Bird

If the MDA option doesn’t work for you, then consider becoming a Priority Customer instead. As a Priority Customer, you’ll have priority access to the first, industry scale production run of our signature Tobacco and Chalk material. However, keep in mind that you will not have the option of customizing your material. As such, the material will be delivered in our standard color, thickness and finish. 

Becoming a first mover has no costs or strings attached. Simply submit a Letter of Intent and we’ll add you to our priority list. 

As a priority customer, here’s what you can expect: 

  • Delivery: Priority access to the first production run

  • Material: Chalk 

  • Colors: Limited options (to be announced)

  • Availability: 2nd quarter of 2023

  • Pricing: starting at 49 - 65 € per running meter 

  • Dimensions: Sizing Roll width 140 cm

  • Minimum order: To be discussed

At this point, we’d love to hear how you’re getting on with your material and discuss where we might go from here. Click the link below to schedule a call!