Elvis and Kresse
You’re gonna love this incredibly cool brand that makes luxury bags and goodies from reclaimed materials. Being an eco-friendly, sustainable business – that makes gorgeous, quirky accessories – is it any wonder everyone wants to get their hands on one?
Elvis & Kresse have been reclaiming materials ever since we fell in love with London Fire Brigade’s decommissioned fire-hose. After a distinguished career fighting fires and saving lives the hoses were destined for landfill. We started rescuing it in 2005 and have never looked back. Recently we announced the launch of a five-year partnership with The Burberry Foundation to tackle waste created by the luxury leather goods and fashion industry.
It would never be enough to give an old fire hose a somewhat useful life, we transformed it, make it desirable or useful in itself. Elvis spent five years perfecting a billfold wallet – ensuring malleability, strength, and classic, practical styling. This same dedication is applied to everything we do, from how we collect and prepare our materials to how we finish and package the pieces. More materials soon followed, Kresse likes nothing better than discovering and intercepting something new. Here are some of our most cherished raw materials: fire hoses, parachute silk, printing blankets, leather offcuts, coffee sacks, shoe boxes, tea sacks and auction banners.
We dream of a time without landfill, when everything is recycled or composted. Between now and then we know there are far too many incredible materials that will either languish under ground or suffer the indignity of incineration. So we intercede, choosing story laden materials of incredible character, and do everything we can to ensure their second life is as long as possible. We are constantly searching for more materials to grow our range of bags, belts and wallets, and have rescued over 165 tonnes so far.
Elvis & Kresse re-distributes up to 50% of profits to projects and charities related to the unique materials we reclaim. Donations have been made to WWF, Help for Heroes, Comic Relief, British Forces Foundation and of course, the Fire Fighters Charity.