Wednesday, 12 May 2010

I wanna be a bag lady!

By Naomi Davis

I love this new collection of bags by Issi, just launched in Selfridges! Issi combines art with fashion by collaborating with award-winning artists and the results are beautiful, inspiring yet ultimately functional handbags - perfect if, like me, you keep your whole life in your bag!

The range includes bags, clutches, purses and wallets, and uses materials that were previously destined for landfill, such as parachute silk, tea sacks, leather and particularly old British fire-hose. They truly are humanitarian handbags; 50 per cent of profits are donated to charities involved with the waste, and donations are also made to the Fire Fighters’ Charity, meaning you can do a good deed and purchase an enviable piece of arm candy in one go!

Artists involved in the launch collection include Elvis & Kresse, Lothar Götz, Olivier Millagou, Paul Morrison and Simon Periton.
I love Götz’s Sissi clutch (above), made from yellow fire hose, and the retro-chic bowling bag (below) which makes me want to don flares and hit the roller-disco immediately! Prices start at £220.
If you like things a little more artistic, the Beelzebag handbag by Periton is inspired by a fly and features mandibles and a wing! The wing incorporates a skull & crossbones design, and the bag also features an embossed eye.
Add one of these beauties to your bag collection pronto!

Issi: Eco and ethical handbags, made from waste materials including British fire hose, donations made to charity. 

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