Because it’s Cool
Elvis & Kresse are a reclaimed-material accessory brand. Combining traditional handcraft techniques and modern innovation they create sleek and durable holdalls, wallets, bags and purses.
Their iconic patchwork designs champion reworked hardwearing materials. Multicoloured clutches and bright yellow laptop bags turn unwanted materials into bold and fashionable statement pieces.
By choosing refinement and classic designs, Elvis & Kresse have created a timeless collection of contemporary accessories. They also create smaller pieces such as reclaimed fire hose belts, blue phone cases and brown leather notebooks.
Because it Matters
Elvis & Kresse’s mission to salvage materials began in 2005, when co-founder Kresse Wesling discovered that London fire houses discard damaged hoses to landfill. Instead of the thick durable material being thrown out, Elvis & Kresse collected the hoses and crafted holdalls, bags and wallets.
An impressive 100% of Elvis & Kresse’s raw materials are rescued or reclaimed. Today, Elvis & Kresse rescues every rejected hose from all fire stations in London, which has so far amassed to saving 170 tons of materials from landfill.
As well as hoses they also collect failed military grade parachute silk (used for bag linings) and rescue tea sacks from Yorkshire tea. They also save decommissioned auction banners from London auction houses.
Additionally, Elvis & Kresse have entered a 5-year partnership with the fashion brand Burberry. The goal is to save at least 120 tonnes of leather cut-offs from being thrown away. This collaboration has supported Elvis & Kresse in their mission to reduce manufacture waste and create jobs for skilled craftspeople. Plus 50% of all profits go to charities such as the Fire Fighters Charity and renewable energy projects.
Due to knowing all 13 workers in their close-knit supply chain they can ensure high working standards and pay above living wages for their handcrafted work. Elvis visits the Istanbul workshop every two months to guarantee quality and a safe working environment.
As well as their salvaged products, they also use 100% recycled materials for their packaging and their business cards are laser-etched on rescued flight strips.
Did you know?
Their UK workshop is so energy efficient that it has a negative carbon impact on the planet.