Hip shoulder bag
Practical and lightweight. Hip bag made of AppleSkin™
This hip bag manufactures O My Bag from AppleSkin™, a vegan leather alternative that is quite similar to traditional leather in look and feel, yet cooler to the touch and slightly lighter. As a result, the material can be used here in lush thickness without adding much weight to the hips itself, because that's what's supposed to go into the hip bag.
Lined with the signature striped cotton fabric, the main compartment houses a zippered pocket and three card slots. On the outside of the bag (front and back) are two additional compartments that close with a zipper, just like the main compartment. The striped cotton hip belt can be removed by carabiner, it is infinitely adjustable and long enough to wear the hip bag also "crossbody", which is very comfortable for the shoulder thanks to the width of the belt.
AppleSkin™. When apples become an alternative for leather
As traditional as the tanning of leather is, new tanning processes (such as with olive leaf extract) and also the materials used as alternatives to animal skins are currently innovative, from mango and pineapple to cactus, corn and mushrooms. Italian company Frumat uses apples as a base material and uses it to make AppleSkin™, which serves as a paper, book cover material and vegan leather alternative in the fashion and furniture industries.
"Apple leather," as AppleSkin™ is also called, is made from the leftovers (peels, stems and fibers of the fruit) that are left over from juice production and are normally disposed of as organic waste - thus closing the loop and turning waste into resource-conserving raw material. In the process developed by Frumat founder Hannes Path, the apple residues are first dried and finely ground. The cellulose-rich powder is mixed with polyurethane and polyester and applied to a tear-resistant carrier fabric made of cotton and viscose, which is dyed with natural pigments and finally heated to make it weather-resistant and hard-wearing. Depending on how the AppleSkin™ is used, different textures can be embossed on the otherwise smooth surface to make the leather look perfect. Unlike real leather, however, AppleSkin™ is lighter and also feels slightly cooler. Like leather, it also shows the signs of use over time: it can get scratches and becomes slightly darker.
Cleaning and caring for your AppleSkin™ products is easy: use a damp cloth or soapy water and gently wipe the surface as needed. Do not use leather conditioners as they will attack the material.
Support Trade, Not Aid. O My Bag Amsterdam
Support Trade, Not Aid. These words, heard by Paulien Wesselink during her studies, would one day be the basis for her bag brand O My Bag. Since 2011, the philosophy behind her company has been based on principles that are as simple as they are ambitious: to create beautiful bags that are made with respect for the environment and people. But this does not only apply to O My Bag. The Amsterdam-based label works exclusively with companies that follow the same principles. Production takes place in Kolkata, India - a conscious decision to offer local producers and their families fair wages and access to the global market. The design is created in Amsterdam.
The bags from O My Bag are characterized by a clear, functional style that is timelessly contemporary and corresponds to the durability of the material from which they are made: high-quality, vegetable-tanned leather. For Paulien Wesselink, leather is still the most sustainable option due to its low environmental impact when tanned and dyed in an eco-friendly way. In addition, GOTS-certified cotton is used, but the label is also open-minded about innovative, environmentally friendly materials: since 2021, O my Bag has been making bags and purses from AppleSkin™, a vegan leather alternative.
Article Number 208686
Width 20 cm, height 15 cm, depth 3 cm. Weight 350 g.
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