Monday, 24 July 2017

Drawstring Canvas Backpack - Birket

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These days you probably know it as a rope-tie or drawstring backpack. Those who are a bit older apparently called it a duffle (duffel) bag.

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The name duffel bag comes from Duffel, a town in Belgium where the thick cloth used to make the bag originated. It was a large cylindrical bag very often used by soldiers or sailors. Nowadays there are a lot of variations and, as I mentioned before some people use this name to describe any drawstring bag, not only in a cylindrical shape. 

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Ok, so enough of the Wikipedia definitions.
Whatever your preference, this is the ideal no-nonsense bag to carry on your back, whether you are heading to the gym, running, cycling, or doing a bit of sightseeing on holiday.
 
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The strong base is in Aged Washpapa in Sahara, while the top is a geometric print design called Birket on cotton canvas, with a combination of black, grey, beige and yellow vertical and horizontal lines on a white background.
The materials used make the bag really lightweight but durable.
 
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The rucksack is fully lined and contains small pockets inside to help you keep your mobile or documents handy.

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Both - outer and inner - cotton fabrics come from Ikea. I like using their fabrics not only because of the amazing quality and designs but also because Ikea is a member of the Better Cotton Initiative. I mentioned about that in my previous posts, but it is worth mentioning again. 'The Better Cotton Initiative exists to make global cotton production better for the people who produce it, better for the environment it grows in and better for the sector’s future, by developing Better Cotton as a sustainable mainstream commodity.'

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So there you go! Not only stylish but also a sustainable and environmentally friendly bag. What more could you want?

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You can grab it from our website or visit our stall during the Vegan Connection festival in Glasgow in August.

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Simulated Snakeskin Hip - Purse



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Ever wanted a snakeskin purse but didn’t like the idea of an animal losing its life as a result?

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Well, this one is like no adder as no reptile had to bite the dust to make it.

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As tempting as that apple in the Garden of Eden, this little charmer is only 15cmx11cm.

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Made with a slither of Colourful Snake Skin LaminaWashpapa, its design was inspired by an item I spotted in the Czech magazine, Marina Quilt.

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Open the metal turn/twist lock clasp and, inside, you will find a black and white cotton lining that contains a little pocket for your mobile or other items.

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Wrap it round your waist with the belt of black cotton webbing tape, finished with snakeskin detail, and you’ll have all the bad girls hissing with jealousy.

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It’s a purse with plenty of bite but without any of the cruelty.

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Friday, 14 July 2017

Monstera Purse

You've had the bag, you've had the dress, now here's another variation on the monstera leaf theme - the purse.  

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This cute little bag in chocolate Aged Washpapa features the single leaf emblem on the front.

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At a petite 15cm x 15cm, and a metal zip for security, it can be used as a make-up holder that fits neatly in a bigger bag, or a purse/bag on its own right, thanks to the detachable chain.

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As with the Monstera Beach Bag, the lining is in a white and dark beige cotton to make a matching set.

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What next monstera-inspired project should I start to add to the whole collection? Maybe a backpack?
 
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Thursday, 6 July 2017

Silver Snakeskin Purse [VEGAN]

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Foiled Washpapa - silver snakeskin

This purse was my first project after coming back from holidays, so I treated it as a little bit of a 'warm up'. 
I decided to keep it minimalist because the shiny silver snakeskin front is beautiful and eye-catchy enough. It just didn't need any additional decorations.

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 I combined the snakeskin Washpapa with the plain aged paper in stone. I like the effect of the purse looks like a little silver screen.

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As the bag measures 20cm x 13cm x 9cm, it will contain all your necessary 'party equipment'. Attached to a silver chain, it will shine brightly by your side like a sparkly piece of jewellery. 

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Of course, like all my bags, this one is also lined inside with a printed cotton fabric. This time, I chose a light grey dog-tooth print.

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As I mentioned before, the purse is attached to a chain that can be easily removed and you can turn your purse into a fancy cosmetic bag or big pencil case. 

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Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Monstera Dress



 If you liked the Monstera Bag, you might like this kimono-style dress that continues the leafy theme.
  

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It combines three fabrics from dresowka.pl, with the garment built around Tropic Leaves - a strikingly pretty retro digital printed designed by Zuzanna KieĊ‚basa of two shades of green Monstera leaves on a white background.

 
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Designed for light sweatshirts as well as dresses, it is made from a combination of a composite cotton yarn and silicone-based plasticisers (92% cotton, 8% elastic) that produce an exceptionally smooth and soft feel.

I split it by two sashes, with the olive green one in the same cotton/elastan fabric. The other, in gold lame, is 80% polyester, 16% viscose and 4% spandex.


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The bat sleeve is designed to make it cool enough to wear over a bikini in the summer sun.


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That was the plan at least. As the Saharan heatwave hit Crete while we were on holiday there, even this loose dress was too warm at times.


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However, I braved the high 30s for a photo shoot at the beautiful Agia Fotini beach. This wee oasis of calm and quiet on the south of the island was the perfect setting to show the Monstera Dress in full bloom.