Elvis & Kresse handcraft zero waste homeware and gifting pieces from reclaimed leather and decommissioned firehose in Kent.
The gift of reclaimed luxury
Since 2005, Elvis & Kresse have been reclaiming and rescuing unique materials from landfill and turning them into beautiful fashion and homeware accessories in their Kent workshop. It was a chance encounter with the London Fire Brigade that co-owners Kresse Wesling and James (Elvis) Henrit discovered that decommissioned firehose cannot be recycled due to what it is made from. Distressed by this discovery, Elvis & Kresse was then founded in order to rescue the decommissioned firehose and save it from landfill. For over a decade, 200 tons of firehose has been reclaimed and none has ended up in landfill. 50% of the profits made from the company's firehose range has also been donated to the Fire Fighters Charity.
Elvis & Kresse started with reclaimed firehoses but now work with over 10 different reclaimed materials. Through various initiatives with different brands and unique materials, the business has donated a portion of its profits to a variety of charities such as Comic Relief, Help for Heroes, WWF and British Forces Foundation.
In 2017, Elvis & Kresse partnered with the Burberry Foundation in order to tackle the problem of leather waste in the fashion industry. This 5-year partnership will see at least 120 tonnes of Burberry's leather offcuts being repurposed and crafted into new luxury items by Elvis & Kresse such as footrests, doorstops and rugs.
We appreciate Elvis & Kresse's dedication to sustainability and love to see what new, innovative processes British companies are championing to do their part to help the environment. The fashion industry has one of the worst reputations in regards to pollution and to see Elvis & Kresse create stunning homeware pieces such as rugs and footrests using their intricate, woven pattern of leather offcuts is commendable. We are delighted to feature their zero waste products made in Britain in our collection.
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