Olivia Chen

SUSTAINABLE STYLE: Quyen Do Eco Friendly Bags

by , 10/19/08

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For some, to be inspired by the patterns and forms that exist in nature lends itself to a desire to conserve nature’s resources. Australian-based textile and fashion designer Quyen Do is one such person, whose textile designs pull from the from the age-old pattern of tapestry but updates it so it is young and playful. Her “We {Heart} Herbs” accessories collection includes coin purses, clutches and bags made of eco friendly fabrics- all designed, printed and made by her. Delightfully colorful for an Australian spring, Quyen’s collection can add a little botanical cheer to any season’s ensemble.


quyen do, we heart herbs, eco accessories, eco chic, sustainable style, sustainable materials accessories, eco friendly bags, eco friendly totes, eco conscious fashion, bamboo accessories, soy fiber accessories, hemp and organic cotton accessories, australia eco designer, australia fashion designerCat bag with a hemp/yak blend and cotton (previous work, left) and Sage Clutch: hemp/silk satin with hemp/organic lining (right)

In designing her own textiles, Quyen is drawn to re-creating her encounters with nature. Entitled “We {Heart} Herbs,” the collection started with some sketches inspired by parsley and coriander and then expanded with other spontaneous moments Quyen experienced outdoors. Her Aviary bag, for example, was inspired by her cat tormenting the neighbor’s birds. With a sensitive eye towards her environment, Quyen says that she also loves the “quirkiness of Australian flora” and tries to incorporate some of its imagery into her designs.

quyen do, we heart herbs, eco accessories, eco chic, sustainable style, sustainable materials accessories, eco friendly bags, eco friendly totes, eco conscious fashion, bamboo accessories, soy fiber accessories, hemp and organic cotton accessories, australia eco designer, australia fashion designerSoy fiber coin purse

With a background in environmental design and architecture, Quyen fell in love with fashion while working in Japan. After completing an advanced degree in fashion and textiles, she says:

“I started out making hemp/silk and hemp/cotton clothing, and really wanted to challenge the “hippie” stigma that seems to follow hemp clothing and accessories. I thought, can hemp clothes be just a beautiful as any other fiber and be good for the environment?”

Since then, Quyen has been experimenting with materials such as hemp, organic cotton, bamboo and soy fibers. And with that, a collection of eco-friendly and cheerful accessories was born– a splash of color and playfulness that celebrates the small moments in nature.

+ Quyen Do’s blog

quyen5.jpgShell purse (previous work, left) and Tiger bag with hemp/cotton shell and cotton lining (previous work, right)

quyen do, we heart herbs, eco accessories, eco chic, sustainable style, sustainable materials accessories, eco friendly bags, eco friendly totes, eco conscious fashion, bamboo accessories, soy fiber accessories, hemp and organic cotton accessories, australia eco designer, australia fashion designerChive bag with hemp/yak hair with hemp/organic cotton lining (left) and Aviary bag hemp/yak hair with hemp/organic cotton lining (right)

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2 Comments

  1. moedbet May 23, 2011 at 12:50 am

    Thank you – this is awfully sympathetic !

  2. leoaness November 18, 2008 at 11:23 pm

    I LOVE IT!! YOU ARE AMAZING!! THESE RECYCLED BAGS ARE WAY COOLER AND WAY MORE FASHIONABLE THAN ANY GUCCI OR PRADA..LOL! I’M IN :)
    JADE

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