Elvis & Kresse reclaim heroic materials. How nice does that sound! It started in 2005 after falling 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 but Elvis & Kresse soon put a stop to that. Since then they have started working with ten different waste materials to create beautiful bags, luggage and accessories. They have rescued over 165 tonnes of waste so far.
The items we stock are made from the following:
Fire Hose - Elvis & Kresse turn decommissioned hoses into an exciting alternative textile – beautiful, characterful, waterproof and robust.
Parachute silk - even minute flaws mean that the material can't be used for parachutes. However with some careful cutting the material is ideal for lining the bags and wallets. Parachute silk is actually nylon so definitely vegan.
Printing Blankets - the off-set printing industry which prints thousands of leaflets at a time, uses a printing blanket to transfer ink from the roller onto the paper. If the blanket is damaged or wears out it can no longer be used as any defect would appear on every single leaflet. These are reclaimed, cleaned up, re-engineered and turned into a new (vintage) raw material.