Trying to buy ethically has been so much more fun than I thought it would be. By ignoring the big High Street stores and stepping away from popular brands, I have found a whole world of amazing companies and products that I never would have discovered otherwise. It has actually put a whole lot more pleasure back into browsing to see companies doing things that are innovative, clever and beautiful.
One of those companies is Elvis & Kresse. They have created a beautiful range of accessories, ranging from overnight bags to key chains and belts. So far, so normal. Then they come in with two big differences- firstly, everything is made from reclaimed materials. The bags and accessories are mainly made from reclaimed firehoses, the branding tags use old cardboard, they have parachute silk lining the interiors and even the postage parcels are reclaimed. It is wonderful to see the ways in which they have turned things that would otherwise be headed for landfill into beautiful objects that can be used and loved. Secondly, 50% of their profits go straight to charity, to places like the Fire Fighter’s Charity, the WFF and Comic Relief just to name a few. You can read all about it on their website. It is built into the fabric of their business that they support others and I find that pretty brilliant.
Elvis & Kresse sent me a case for my Iphone*, made out of blue firehose, so I could see for myself what their products are like and I can tell you, they are fab. First, the parcel arrived and the phonecase was inside an elegant, simple presentation case made from recyled hose.The firehose has a beautiful texture, with a sheen like really expensive leather, but it hasn’t marked or scratched one bit from me flinging it into my bag along with my keys and all sorts all week.I love that every piece with have its own unique patina depending on the materials it is made from. It feels exclusive and expensive, which is always a lovely feeling.
Having spent a good long time browsing their website, I have fallen in love with quite a few things. The overnight bag would be one of those investments that would last someone a lifetime and I have my eye on the cufflinks in blue- I reckon they could be just perfect for him to wear with his wedding suit! If you still have someone to buy a present for, I think this brand might be your solution. As an extra bonus, Elvis & Kresse are offering all of my readers a 15% discount off all orders too! Just use the code chambray, It is valid until the end of the month, and they have guaranteed shipping before Christmas right up until the 22nd. So, you can buy something beautiful and feel good about doing it! My favourites are below- just click on the pictures to have a look!
*Disclaimer- Elvis & Kresse sent me the beautiful phone case free of charge, but this post has not been paid for, the links are not affiliates, and all of the words and opinions are my own. I only recommend things I love 🙂