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Elvis & Kresse

Design traditionally begins with an idea, for Elvis & Kresse, design begins with a problem. It is the material and the scale of the problem which dictate what they will make and how they make it. After all, Elvis and Kresse began out of a frustration with the amount of waste created from excess thrown away fire hoses.

Elvis & Kresse have been reclaiming heroic materials ever since falling in love with London Fire Brigade's decommissioned fire-hose. After a distinguished career fighting fires and saving lives the hoses were destined for landfill. Soon, a chance encounter with the British Fire Brigade in 2005 led to rescue and Elvis and Kresse was born.

More materials soon followed, Kresse has always had an obsession with waste and likes nothing better than discovering and intercepting something new. The challenge is the same every time:  to prove value, change perception, and respect these resources.

For Elvis and Kresse it is not only honoring the beauty of the fire hoses. It’s about a  dream of a time without landfill, when everything is recycled or composted. Between now and then they know there are far too many incredible materials that will either languish under ground or suffer the indignity of incineration; when that happens we lose, we lose quality, narrative, and the opportunity to do something great. So Elvis and Kresse intercede, choosing story laden materials of incredible character, and do everything possible to ensure these material’s second life is as long as possible.

Elvis and Kresse are constantly searching for more materials to grow their range of bags, belts and wallets, and have rescued over 200 metric tons so far. The process emulates kintsugi, the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with gold. The refurbished pieces are worth significantly more than their new, undamaged counterparts. Elvis and Kresse materials are shown this same level of care, they are cherished.

Elvis & Kresse make honest, genuine, practical pieces; from the belt you leave on your favorite jeans to the bag you couldn’t leave home without. Elvis & Kresse is tradition re-engineered.

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