In a collaboration between iconic Volvo and well-established sustainable luxury brand 3.1 Phillip Lim, they have developed a limited-edition weekender bag made from the same bio-based material being used in Volvo’s electric cars. 

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The announcement is no surprise, considering the focus of both businesses. Volvo released a statement in September 2021 vowing to take an ethical stance in the name of animals by committing to leather-free materials in its current and future electric cars. The company plans to move to a line of fully electric vehicle production by 2030.

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(Left to right) A model posing with a bag, Phillip Lim designing on a cluttered work table

Phillip Lim has an equally defined commitment to sustainable production, with a history of products such as algae dresses and eco-sleepwear. Since the start of his business, his core focus has been on the environment

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The 3.1 Phillip Lim weekend bag is made from the same bio-based and recycled materials found in Volvo’s leather-free car interiors, known as Nordico. Nordico was developed by Volvo and is a mixture of textiles made from recycled material like PET bottles, recycled corks from the wine industry and materials from sustainable forests in Sweden and Finland.

Sketches of bag being designed on a cluttered work table

The bag was developed with the modern, eco-traveler in mind. The color’s name is Dawn, but a black color option from the same material will be released for the Volvo interiors. It showcases a Scandinavian design with inside storage and both hand and shoulder straps. Although the bag won’t be available at a retail level, the limited number produced will be showcased through competitions, charity auctions and giveaways.

(Left to right) Model posing against a car holding a bag, the side view of the bag alone

“Our brand mantra is to make less, mean more,” said Phillip Lim, Co-Founder and Creative Director of 3.1 Phillip Lim. “Connecting with Volvo on this sustainability project was an instant alignment of values. I strongly feel that in our collective current state of mind, we have the freedom to find sustainable solutions with new materials, while still being able to achieve high design, which is the ultimate luxury.”

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“We have a vision of where we need to go in the future, with the first step to ensure we harness sustainable, natural and recycled materials,” said Robin Page, head of design at Volvo Cars. “The collaboration with 3.1 Phillip Lim, to create a bag inspired by tomorrow’s materials, solidifies both our ambitions to challenge the wider design industry to reconsider the materials we use. From creating runway collections to the interiors of cars, we have a shared responsibility to find sustainable material alternatives.”

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