Around 20 other people attended the event in the small shop armed with questions to ask the luxury brand’s co-founder, Kresse Wesling, about the products and the company’s past and future ventures.
Throughout the night, Kresse discussed her brand’s journey from two people interested in the amount of waste created from fire hoses and leather to a team of people creating more and more products.
Their journey began in 2005 where they found that the London Fire Brigade’s decommissioned hoses were sent to landfill when they can no longer be used. Elvis and Kresse was set up to turn them into new fashion pieces to prevent waste. They then moved onto leather.
Kresse spoke about their partnership with the Burberry Foundation where at least 120 tonnes of leather waste from Burberry is hoped to be made into new items. She also spoke about currently designing and making items for Bake Off’s Prue Leith.
Kresse said: “I think some people are aware that we rescue materials but they might not know that we also donate 50% of our profits to charity. They might not know that were also a B-corp and we run an apprenticeship programme and we do all of these other things and unless you have a chance to really have a conversation with people you can’t always get those things across.”
Richard Murr, owner of Open House & The Spare Room in Gateshead, sells an array of ethical items from skincare and beauty to vintage clothing and prides his stock on being sustainable.
Richard said: “The whole concept of the shop is to have those products that I’ve tried and I’ve used and I can then pass on that information to the customer and say I’ve used this and I’ve found this and this is why I like it. You go give it a go. I can do that knowing that I believe in that product.”
Open House is fairly small and has only been open for a matter of months, so it was an amazing opportunity for a member of Elvis and Kresse’s team to reach out to him about running a workshop in his shop and showcasing some of their products there.
Some customers came to the workshop to ask about their own purchases. One lady had 4 matching items from Elvis and Kresse. It was a great opportunity for them to finally meet the creator behind their one-off items.
A few customers even ended up buying some of Richard’s stock in the shop.
Most of them even got hands on with some leather pieces and had the opportunity to try and fit them together in the way that Elvis and Kresse do in their creations.
Find out more about the workshop and watch our exclusive interviews with Richard Murr and Kresse Wesling below.
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