The Elvis & Kresse Weekend bag is made from genuine decommissioned fire-hose and the lining once graced the tables of British wedding receptions.
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.
Cutting the pattern
Each piece is hand cut, on our clicking press.
The pieces often require some initial placement, and tacking, before they can be stitched. This is all done by hand.
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.
Each piece is checked by hand before it leaves the workshop.
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.
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.
Meet our stockists!