Designed and handcrafted in a studio in Brussels, this extra spacious and stylish purse is made from leather alternative Piñatex and we love the gold metal star studs on both sides. It's lined with natural organic cotton and has a brass zip closure. It makes a perfect handbag companion as a wallet for your cards, coins, your phone or some make up.
- Designed and handmade in Belgium
- Approximate measurements: 21 x 10cm (8 x 4.inches)
- Made from dark brown Piñatex with gold metal star studs on both sides
- Lined with natural organic cotton and brass zip closure
- Interior card pocket – holds up to 8 cards
- Comes wrapped in tissue paper and our drawstring cotton bag
Piñatex is a natural and sustainable non-woven textile made from pineapple leaf fibres. They are the by-products of the pineapple harvest grown by farmers in the Philippines. No extra land, water, fertilizers or pesticides are required to produce them. Piñatex is a wonderful vegan alternative to leather and as well as being strong, it is soft, light and flexible.
Tempy Osborne, founder of Grey Whale, is an Irish artist, designer and maker living in Brussels, Belgium. She holds a BA in fine art from the National College of Art and Design in Dublin. Tempy was raised surrounded by nature on the Atlantic coast of Ireland and spent a year living in the remote Canadian Arctic as a young child. ‘I think there can be a big disconnect from the natural world and city life, for me I need to remind myself of this connection we all have with nature and simplicity. So I try to mix simple linear, geometric urban inspired shapes with more natural forms to create the original designs I then print on fabric.’
Grey Whale believes we shouldn’t have to choose style, quality and function over conscience. It is one of the few truly sustainable and ethical accessory brands on the market with each piece handmade in Belgium using the best ethically sourced eco friendly materials. This collection has been carefully crafted using Piñatex - the new sustainable, ethical and eco friendly leather alternative made from pineapple leaves normally discarded after the fruit harvest. Interior patterns inspired by natural forms have been screen printed from hand drawn designs in the Grey Whale studio in Brussels using non-toxic water based ink.
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