Grady & Robinson + Phoebe English

The Company

Grady & Robinson aim to supply brands and designers with vegetable-tanned and sustainably finished leather that is traceable to animals raised on pasture at ecological farms in the UK. Phoebe English is a Womenswear and Menswear British designer

R&D Focus:

It is not currently possible to finish leather at a commercial scale with ingredients that are known to be sustainable, natural, and biodegradable.

We aim to identify ingredients and processes of leather finishing that are traceable, sourced from UK bioregions, are natural and sustainably produced, and are biodegradable in the finished leather.

The project will launch in autumn 2021.

  • UAL: University of the Arts London
  • London College of Fashion, UAL
  • Fashion, Textiles and Technology Institute, UAL


Mohammad Mahbubul Hassan

R&D Academic Mentor


Mohammad Mahbubul Hassan is a material scientist with 24 years of academic and industrial research experience in sustainable textile and polymeric materials development. He completed his PhD in Textile Chemistry in 1999 at the University of Manchester under a British Commonwealth scholarship. Previously, he worked as a senior scientist in the Bioproduct and Fibre Technology Team of the New Zealand Pastoral Agricultural Research Institute for 18 years and as a lecturer at Yamagata University for two years. His expertise is in the following areas:

  • Sustainable textiles and biodegradable polymeric materials
  • Eco-friendly multi-functional textiles
  • Smart, healthcare and cosmetotextiles