Artisan design minds – Creating beautiful products through upcycling


Upcycling is an artisanal approach to textile waste that sees the design mind truly at work. What is being thrown away into landfill is often beautiful and usable for designers who can approach such materials in a creative and transformational manner.
Upcyclette is one such company where their designers share the belief that great design is even better if it’s using material someone else was going to throw away. They declare their ability to see beauty in the bashful, opportunity in the ordinary, and by turning it into something gorgeous and lasting they clearly get to experience a feel good moment.

Some of their products are immensely stylish and remarkably functional. Below are a number that would add a great dimension to any design minded person.

Discarded life vests make for the perfect material to create a robust, splash proof and eye catching bag. The Jumbo Laptop bag is padded all round, weighs only 500g and is the ideal laptop minder.


And what about the fantastic story behind these cool bags. The fabric is 100% virgin wool – recycled vintage Swiss army blankets which were stockpiled for anywhere between 40 and 100 years, but actually never used.  And for those of you who have always wondered what they do with old fire hoses…now you know.


Yes, go ahead and buy one of the bags, and even better still spend some time exploring your very own waste trail and see if you cannot also apply some design ingenuity and do something creative (and beautiful) with your waste.

Peter Singline
Brand Scientist

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