Elvis & Kresse
From Lifesaving to Lifestyle
With the British fire brigades saving lives every day, their hoses need to be made of strong stuff. And nobody knows that better than Elvis & Kresse. This duo started their business by rescuing decommissioned fire hose after 25 years of active duty and transforming it into a range of luxury accessories. Every single piece comes complete with a heroic past and a newly discovered future.
Using a process inspired by kintsugi – the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with gold – Elvis & Kresse hand make genuine, timeless and practical accessories using 10 different reclaimed materials.
Every piece of raw material is transformed from something useful into something beautiful with a new purpose and ethical background that honours its strength. Timeless designs and quality craftsmanship create true value and pieces to cherish that transform the future of our raw materials and challenge our perceptions of recycling, luxury and consumption.
The Full Circle
One day back in 2005, venture capitalist and recycling entrepreneur Kresse Wesling left for work as usual and returned with a 22-metre long grubby fire hose. Thanks to a chance meeting with the London Fire Brigade, she discovered the years-old decommissioned hose that was headed for landfill.
But Kresse wasn’t having that. She decided that this hose had far too much left to give. Along with her partner, product designer James Henrit (nicknamed Elvis), she sourced a whole selection of hoses and cleaned them up.
Inspired by a desire to create a global circular economy and change how people think about the world around them, the couple considered how best to recycle the hoses. But it wasn’t until Henrit’s belt snapped that the idea of creating accessories was ignited.
They set up Elvis & Kresse in September 2007 to sell belts and have since expanded the collections to include bags, purses, wallets, tech cases, homewares and more. Every product is made using any of 10 different reclaimed materials including textiles from scrap sail cloth, waste parachute silk, tea sacking and post-industrial leather scrap.
Reclaim, Innovate, Donate
When you choose to purchase from OneGoodThing and Elvis & Kresse, you are literally fighting fire as 50 per cent of profits from the fire hose range are donated to the Fire Fighters Charity. Half of profits across all collections are redistributed to projects and charities related to the reclaimed materials.
Every purchase made with Elvis & Kresse marks an investment into a social enterprise that works to solve every problem sustainably. They create made-to-last products, save tonnes of waste from landfill and provides employment and training for apprentices to create the next generation of UK craftspeople.
Elvis & Kresse measure their success not only by profit but by how much waste they can divert from landfill and how much money they can give back to charity. They work to spread the sustainability message to schools and universities, business forums and professional networks to improve how we tackle waste problems in the UK and globally.
Your purchase plays a part in redefining luxury as something sustainable, ethical, generous and kind. While you benefit from unique, long-lasting accessories with an authentic story, the impact of your purchase is far-reaching. To date, Elvis & Kresse have made donations to charities including WWF, Help for Heroes, Comic Relief, British Forces Foundation and the Costa Foundation, your purchase will have a far-reaching impact.
These leather doorstops are constructed from interlocking pieces of the finest quality leather; leather that is reclaimed from a cross section of the very best British leathercraft manufacturers.
Handmade in England, these cubes make ideal doorstops or just beautiful objects. They are nice and heavy, stuffed with reclaimed leather of the same quality, making them 100% reclaimed. If you would like a larger size, contact us with your request and we will arrange the rest. Available in dark brown, black or caramel leather.
Hand crafted from recycled rice bags by villagers in Cambodia, this is a deceptively roomy wash bag with plenty of room for your all essentials for a break away. A cotton lining with 3 separate sections keeps any leakages from causing too much havoc and a sturdy handle helps with carrying.
This Weekend bag is made from genuine decommissioned fire-hose and the lining is made from old auction banners that used to advertise products for upcoming sales events. Each banner is totally unique so no two interiors are the same. Previously deployed in active duty for up to 25 years, fighting fires around the UK, the hard-wearing hose is perfectly suited for your travels. The wide mouth opening of our weekend bag makes packing, unpacking and searching very easy and the generous sizing means you can take everything you need for a weekend away. The bag has an easy access external pocket, an internal zip pocket and 3 further internal poacher-style pockets. We also offer a Limited Edition 'Print Room' version of our classic Weekend bag. Made from reclaimed printing blankets combined with our signature decommissioned fire-hose, this limited edition bag really makes a statement. The re-engineered printing blanket creates a visually stunning textile that is strong and beautiful to the touch. This version of the bag maintains all the design features of the full fire-hose version as described above.