Magpie Accessories: leather with a conscience

Written by on September 26, 2013 in Fashion, Men, Women - Comments Off on Magpie Accessories: leather with a conscience

When Kathryn Sillince started researching suppliers and processes for making leather handbags and accessories while studying at London College of Fashion in 2006, she realized very quickly that there were a very tiny number of leather goods companies going down the ethical route, and wondered why. She set about to create a brand that would operate in the most ethical way possible. From how each product is made right down to the day-to-day running of the business and administration. So after being awarded an Arts Council grant and Princes Trust Loan, Kathryn launched Magpie Accessories in January 2010.

Cherry-Red-Textured-Apple-13-500x500Along with her team, Kathryn designs and crafts very original leather handbags and accessories for women and men. She hand selects the finest leathers, linings and hardware and hand-stitches finishing details. The love of her work clearly shows in her designs.

The leather comes from animals organically fed, humanely raised and are by-products of the food industry.  Each hide is sourced from local farms around the UK, supporting the British economy.  No exotic, endangered hides or furs are used.  The linings of the products are made with organic (GOTS) Fair Trade cottons, and are dyed with roots and flowers. Where they print onto dust bags or linings, Magpie use water-based, eco-friendly inks.

mess bagThe collection includes bags for men and women, ipad, iphone and laptop sleeves, guitar straps, passport cases, glasses cases, belts and more. Magpie Accessories make a perfect gift with embossing available on many items.  All orders are beautifully gift-wrapped in eco-papers with luxury ribbons in a colour of your choosing, and a personalised message can be added to your gift.

Magpie Accessories will be adding a vegan range to the collection, coming soon. For now we have our eyes on the Aranka handbag in black…

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