We were treated to a snap preview at Sotheby’s yesterday, before the official launch at Estethica during London Fashion Week. In the inspiring setting, the product of an exciting collaboration between sustainable fashion and art. It’s Elvis & Kresse Arts, and the first examples of ongoing collections created with contemporary artists ready to take on the challenge to create beautiful designs from materials otherwise destined to become waste.
Elvis & Kresse are the creators of a striking line of handbags and accessories made of discarded fire hoses, for which they are already well known and have received great press coverage. In a joint effort with Arts Co, they have now started an ongoing collaboration with an eclectic mix of artists to produce limited editions where their signature material is revisited with each artist’s personal touch.
The results are, needless to say, visually stunning.
In line with the fire-hose component of the bags, Paul Morrison has decorated the parachute-silk lining with a print of an erupting volcano. Olivier Millagou has added ‘his’ and ‘hers’ wallets to the bag collection, using the more rare mustard yellow fire hoses and embossing them with spider webs and text. Lothar Gotz’s inspiration comes from his studies on colour and shape, for a multi-chrome bowling bag and a clutch. And Simon Periton has created probably the most visionary of all with his ‘Beelzebug’ shape with super-sized mustard fly wings.
The bags and accessories – only produced in a very limited edition – are available on the Elvis & Kresse website. Fifty percent of profits will be donated to the Fire Fighters Charity.