The Wiltshire by Kempton & Co had recently made waves in eco-friendly handbag and accessories arena, bagging the “Best Green Handbag” award during the successful course of the 6th Annually held Independent Handbag Designer Awards.
Designed by Fiona Kempton, the Wiltshire is essentially a carryall tote for women, with design sensibilities inspired by Europe’s equestrian fields. Made to be rugged yet chic at the same time, the Wiltshire is made utilizing reclaimed fabrics and materials, with reused leather straps and recycled flour sacks being the bag’s primary materials.
Handbag “hardware” elements were taken from Salvation Army purses in completing the handbag’s complete from, which pretty much bears an over all similarity with the saddle bags of old, sans the drabby designs and hard-rough textiles often used in their making.
A perfect combination of femininity and ruggedness, the Wiltshire does indeed stand out from the rest, with cuts, trims and an overall form which makes one think the item was made with brand new materials.
Timberland, being co-sponsor to the prize category of the event, will be featuring a limited number of Kempton’s products in a number of its stores in the upcoming months. Also, Timberland will be highlighting Timberland products (through the Earthkeepers brand) designed by Kempton, primarily highlighting handbags in a capsule collection.
As an eco-friendly handbag, the Wiltshire is one which remains to be a stellar example of art and eco-sensibility put into one. With its simple multi-purpose construction and its integration and utilization of Earth tones, it is a handbag which can be used in various occasions, from family gatherings to company outings to the beach.
As an eco-friendly handbag, the Wiltshire inspires the eco-friendly industry in the creation of quality products that are superior inside and out.