Practical square. Wallet made of AppleSkin™
Simple, compact and very practical is this square wallet, because it can be completely opened thanks to the zipper running around three sides. So cards, bills and coins can be conveniently stowed and overlooked. For this purpose, the wallet is worked inside with four card slots, two bill compartments and a coin pocket. Behind each of the small compartments hides another pocket. Lined it is of course with the typical striped cotton fabric of O my Bag. Outside, the wallet is made of AppleSkin™, a vegan alternative that is very similar to traditional leather in look and feel.
Please note that the card compartments are a bit tight at first, but will soften over time.
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.
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.
Article Number 208685
Width 11 cm, length 11 cm, height 2 cm. Weight 200 g.
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