Independent accessories brand, Lost Property of London has opened the doors to its first store just in time for Christmas.
After five years of growing her brand, Founder Katy Bell is laying down roots at 50 Cross Street, Islington to showcase and sell her collection of pieces which incorporate upcycled and sustainably-sourced fabrics transformed into practical and attractive handbags, totes and travel bags.
Lost Property of London is a label which truly reflects its name having been launched after Katy stumbled across empty coffee sacks in Borough Market. Discarded by a coffee shop, Katy saw the potential as a material for rustic bags in a growing ‘green’ fashion industry.
Interesting typography and graphics already printed on the sacks, together with a desire to extend the life expectancy of such a simple material resulted in the production of iconic and unique pieces.
Lost property from the London Underground, recycle bins, unwanted rubbish, faded tarpaulins and weathered sails have all had the Lost Property of London treatment. Even the fabric from broken umbrellas is used as the perfect lining material. When partnered with wool from Celtic mills or soft leather the perfect ‘rough-luxe’ accessory is created.
Since those first steps the company now sources salvaged material from boat yards across the Kent Coast and Cornwall, a warehouse in Shoreditch and staying true to its roots, coffee shops all over London naming designs after the places the material is salvaged from.
Katy also has a commitment to British industry with all Lost Property of London bags being made entirely in the UK using traditional techniques and the highest quality fixtures and fittings. Environmental considerations extend to the sourcing of vegetable tanned leather.
The label has become a truly international affair with retailers in America, Athens, Brussels, Menorca, Bologna, South Korea, and Japan all loving the London link and the iconic pieces that feel truly unique.
To see the Rivington Rucksack made out of coffee sacks from London’s Rivington Street or the St Ives collection created using off cuts from a boat yard in St Ives then pay a visit to the new Lost Property of London store from 5th December at 50 Cross Street, London, N1 2BA. To see this brand’s positive social and environmental actions, click here.