Series 5. Eco Icon No.13

1975 AMC Pacer Cut-Out Clutch’ by Kim White

Style 4308

L A based designer Kim White has created a unique iconic upcycled collection of hand bags made from vintage car fabrics, Kim White uses  never-used textile stock intended for use in  the American automobile industry: cars, trucks and vans. She incredibly unearthed an entire warehouse of automotive fabric, which may be the last existing stock anywhere in the US, and she is the sole owner of these amazing textiles.

Each Kim White Handbag is tagged with the year and make of the fabric, so every bag has its own ‘ vintage car’ provenance (i.e. 1983 Camaro or a 1978 Ford Mustang). Kim White Handbags specializes in automotive fabrics from the 1970’s and 1980’s, when color was de rigueur in the automotive industry.

Since these textiles were originally intended for use in cars, they are incredibly durable. Perfect for  the creation of handbags in style as well as function. Kim White Handbags, in keeping with the tradition of the American car industry, are sophisticated, beautiful and built to last. And just like American automobiles, they have a widespread appeal.

One of her signature collection  is the ‘cut out’ clutch range made using the  aztec design  that adorned the seats of the fabulous 1975 AMC Pacer . The world’s first small wide car! A turquoise blue squiggle runs down the center, bordered with black on a grey horizontal design. The clutch springs open and stays open, and snaps shut using a simple frame mechanism. Ticking all the boxes in terms of ethical design, style and function…the collection features other vintage sports models such as the Camaro ( pictured below). Get on that waiting list now!!!!

Style 4308Special Edition Brown Cut Out Clutch

Series 5.Eco Icon No.12

Light readingchandelier by  Lucy Norman

British designer Lucy Norman has launched her latest design- the wittily titled ‘Light Reading’ which uses repurposed books to form the cylindrical shade,via her London based design studio Lula Lot.

According to Norman there are an enormous amount of  books that are printed each year to be read and then discarded. Although many are taken to charity shops, they mostly end up unsold and charities must then pay for books to be sent to landfill. As  there is currently no infrastructure in place to recycle paper books because the grade of paper is low and the removal of the  glue on the spine is very labour intensive…Lucy Norman has repurposed these books and has created an iconic retro inspired  chandelier.

Each individual page is folded in half, producing a circular arrangement that hangs around a dome. I love the idea that each shade contains a thousand stories…..that have been given a new life…literally lighting up our lives!