28 Jul '13, 10pm

Bottega Veneta Goes Vegan With Purses Made From Japanese Washi Paper via @onswipe

Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks? Bottega Veneta , an Italian luxury house best known for its leather goods, is challenging its status quo by launching a line of sustainable, vegan-friendly handbags. Founded in 1966, the label popularized a centuries-old Medici-era weaving technique when it began interlocking long, thin strips of leather to create its bags. (Apprentices at the Scuola dell Pelletteria Bottega Veneta, near the house’s workshop outside Venice, are still instructed in the art of intrecciato today.) A growing demand for leather alternatives , however, drove creative director Tomas Maier to seek inspiration from another ancient art: Japanese paper-making.

Full article: http://www.ecouterre.com/bottega-veneta-goes-vegan-with-p...

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