Lost Property of London
The bag brand that rescues and reforms salvaged fabric into beautiful totes, clutches and holdalls.
From waste to wonderful
Spring cleans are mentally cleansing, but they are often materially wasteful. In fact, half of the textiles we throw away could be recycled.
Luckily more and more designers are realising this and are taking it upon themselves to turn trash into treasures. It’s an interesting challenge that requires innovative thinking to upcycle second-rate scraps into strikingly beautifully design pieces.
Lost Property of London is one such brand who are taking on the challenge of turning recycled materials on their head.
One simple idea
When researching for a textile design degree project in 2005 at Central Saint Martins, founder Katy Bell set herself a challenge: to extend the life expectancy of everyday materials around her by turning old things into fashionable things.
This simple idea sent her around the city, finding and rescuing abandoned materials. She visited the Baker Street lost property office, she scooped up used coffee sacks from Monmouth Coffee, she stripped old umbrellas for interior linings, and from all these bits and bobs, she started to make bags.
Katy knew that upcycling didn’t have to mean sacrificing quality and aesthetics. She was proved right when she took her prototype to British department store Liberty’s and they immediately placed an order for 250 bags.
The rough-luxe aesthetic has been the backbone to all of Katy’s designs. Her pairing of salvaged fabrics and minimalist design has been celebrated by fashion magazines like Vogue and Marie Claire in Europe, America and Asia.
Katy’s unique sourcing technique means her bags have been made from industrial sacking, weathered sails and faded tarpaulins. Each piece is designed and made in London and their names give a hat-tip to their previous life; The Rivington Rucksack is made from coffee sacks from London’s Rivington Street, The Huxley is made from end-of-line waxed cotton from a factory on London’s Huxley Street and the St Ives collection is made from the off-cuts of a boatyard in the Cornish town.