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Interview: Gabriella Ferrante | Designer ‘Slow Fashion’ Leather Bags

Today I’d like to introduce you to someone who has infused her Italian family tailoring tradition with 21st century sustainability to create fine leather bags. Australian-born Berlin-based Gabriella Ferrante fell in love with her father’s old Singer sewing machine all over again (having used it many times as a child) and was inspired to create her own line of handbags under the label GcmF. Embracing the ethos of ‘slow fashion’ and the craftsmanship of the handmade, she eschews outsourcing and mass-production is as important to her as is sustainable work practices. Come and meet Gabriella and learn how her nomadic and creative life has brought her to where she is today … Please introduce yourself and tell us a bit about your background and how you’ve ended up where you are today. I grew up in Melbourne as a first generation Italo-Australian. We travelled a lot as a family, and I guess that gave me the travel-bug. Therefore as soon as I could, I left Australia on a one-way ticket to Paris. I was 19. It was 1993. I …

Sailcloth beach bag

Interview: Gabriele Jordan | Designer of Sailcloth Products

Here at Who’d Have Thought we love it when a material is discovered to have a second life long after its first has passed. And who knew that sails had such a short first life – some only a few years, some a few races and then others, only one race. The worst thing is they all end up in landfill unless someone like German-born Sydney-based designer Gabriele Jordan gets her hands on them. Although she has never sailed before (until recently) and knew nothing about sails, Gabriele’s extensive experience in textiles and design, as a costume maker then as an interior and furniture designer, has been invaluable in helping her design and produce unique bags and homewares out of discarded sails. ‘The spirit of directing a boat through the ocean shouldn’t be buried in the soil if it has a chance to get a second wind on land,’ says Gabriele who is not only passionate about saving sails but creating long-lasting, durable and stylish products under the name Nanu. And we loved her work so much, we are …

LOQI bag collections

Interview: LOQI | Creator of reusable, eco-friendly bags

It’s pretty much a given that most people hate plastic bags and yet they’re still around and are still used. And let’s be honest, even if you own an eco-bag sometimes you forget to take it out with you, right? The creators of the LOQI brand of eco-bags have made sure that not only are their bags super eco-friendly but they’re so fun and colourful that you couldn’t possibly forget to leave the house without one. Plus, they come in their own pouch for easy transportation, are washable and strong. The LOQI team is continually searching for new artists to create new designs so the bags will appeal to as many people as possible and therefore encourage sustainable green living. As they are a perfect fit for our Who’d Have Thought store we, of course, had to get some (you can find them here). I was then intrigued to find out more about how such a simple thing as a polyester bag could combine art with sustainability in such a practical, fun way.  Here’s what the team at LOQI …

Koi Girl Vintage Kimono Bags

Interview: Koi Girl | Vintage Kimono Bags and Accessories

When I first spotted Tanya Stewart-Carter’s Koi Girl brand while surfing the web I was at first attracted to the beautiful photography accompanying her store and then to her hand-crafted purses, bags and clutches made from vintage Kimono and Obi fabrics, their bright and intricate designs telling stories of times past. With a background of time spent in Japan and a love of fashion, Tanya decided to meld the two with her business she started in 2008, in Perth, Australia. What’s your background and how have you ended up where you are today? My name is Tanya and I have a handbag and accessory label called Koi Girl. I ended up here because of my love of fashion, design and art. I’ve always loved fashion, especially vintage fashion, and always wanted to do something creative in that field. I am also in love with Japan and, in particular, Japanese textiles from the kimono and obi. I studied fashion and textiles, and silk painting for the kimono. I started Koi Girl because I really wanted to recycle vintage kimono …