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Elvis & Kresse Weekend Bag

Last updated: 12th October 2017

Tonge, United Kingdom

The Elvis & Kresse Weekend bag is made from genuine decommissioned fire-hose and the lining once graced the tables of British wedding receptions.

  • I

    Cleaning the Fire Hose

    We collect our hoses from Fire Brigades across the UK. After a distinguished career, fighting fires, some hoses become too damaged to repair. We rescue these, saving them from landfill. And bring them to our workshop to start the reclamation process.

    After cleaning the hose, by hand, we dry it in the sun. The summer is crucial to our process.

    After cleaning the hose, by hand, we dry it in the sun. The summer is crucial to our process.

    Tonge, United Kingdom

  • II

    Cutting the pattern

    Each piece is hand cut, on our clicking press.

    In order to ensure a perfect cut, we make metal knives for the pattern. Each piece is then cut using this clicking press, which applies a serious amount of pressure. Each cut is clean.

    In order to ensure a perfect cut, we make metal knives for the pattern. Each piece is then cut using this clicking press, which applies a serious amount of pressure. Each cut is clean.

    Tonge, United Kingdom

  • III

    Initial Assembly

    The pieces often require some initial placement, and tacking, before they can be stitched. This is all done by hand.

    Our mastercraftsman, Dani, connecting the pattern pieces.

    Our mastercraftsman, Dani, connecting the pattern pieces.

    Tonge, United Kingdom

  • IV

    Sewing

    Once the pattern has been tacked, it is then stitched together. This is a process that can take hours, particularly given the nature of the hose. Hose is typically only 10cm wide, which means that some finished pieces can have over 50 individual components.

    Elvis working with one of our industrial machines. Fire hose can't be stitched on domestic equipment. It is too strong, too tough.

    Elvis working with one of our industrial machines. Fire hose can't be stitched on domestic equipment. It is too strong, too tough.

    Tonge, United Kingdom

  • V

    Finishing

    Each piece is checked by hand before it leaves the workshop.

    Kresse, checking the medium washbag.

    Kresse, checking the medium washbag.

    Tonge, United Kingdom

  • VI

    Packing

    Each product is packed on site. We also reclaim our packing materials. Bags typically get packed in dust covers made from reclaimed parachute silk. This 'silk' is actually a high grade nylon; we collect those pieces that have been rejected prior to parachute production, often due to almost invisible flaws which can only be seen in blue light.

    Packing

    Tonge, United Kingdom

  • VII

    Delivery to a stockist

    We work with some fantastic stockists across the world. We send our products directly to them, to introduce to their clients. Stockists, particularly boutiques, are often the best story tellers.

    Delivery to a stockist

    Tonge, United Kingdom

  • VIII

    Coming soon

    Meet our stockists!

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