Women's Fashion | The Reconnoisseur

Only the finest fire hoses go into making these bags

An attractive tote that comes with impeccable eco credentials

Only the finest fire hoses go into making these bags

April 20 2011
Charlotte Abrahams

I have been happily carrying a pea-green satchel for the past couple of years, but when the high street fashion stores pronounced the satchel to be the coming season’s most wanted bag shape, I decided that it was time to move on.

A good day bag (and by that I mean one large enough to hold all the paraphernalia of modern life without looking like a suitcase, made from a material robust enough to cope with planes, trains and cloakrooms and in a colour that goes with everything without being bland) is a rare thing and I was on the point of giving up when I came across the Fire Hose Tote.

It was love at first sight. Here was a bag both capacious and compact made from a material that I can wipe clean, is 100 per cent waterproof and comes in a slightly muddy shade of orange which manages to be timelessly neutral and acknowledge this summer’s citrus trend. And to cap it all, it has impeccable eco credentials. Yes indeed, my new tote is made from decommissioned fire hose which its creators, Elvis and Kresse, scrub clean and line with recycled parachute silk.

I must confess that upcycled fire hose doesn’t quite have the olfactory appeal of leather, but I’m sure the whiff of burnt tyre will wear off with time and meanwhile, I can carry my new bag proud in the knowledge that I have played a part in the battle to divert waste from landfill without compromising my commitment to chic.

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