Recycled materials repurposed into bags isn’t a revolutionary fashion innovation, yet the purses by Messie Design catch the eye in a totally new way. Their clutches and satchels are made out of 35mm film woven together, joining the ranks of bags made from cargo straps, advertising banners, and even aluminum pull tabs.
Messie Design gets its name from “messie syndrome,” a reference to a compulsive refusal to throw items away. Turning the often distressing term on its head, their designs showcase how seemingly useless rubbish can be up cycled into something useful. The line of messenger bags, purses, and clutches each feature the overlooked medium of film, recycled into usable totes.
Each piece is adorned with hand-woven strips of film and held together with industrial fabric remnants. The upcycled bags seem study and quite functional for everyday use. Inhabitat recently spotted a few of their products at Designersblock during the 2016 London Design Festival. Messie Design explains how their philosophy informs their creations: “all things considered, we are also what we reject and what, more or less consciously, we lose.”
Images via Inhabitat, Messie Design