Penne, Tortellini, Lasagna and Gnocco – inedible but truly eco-friendly.
Not typically Italian in appearance, the bags created by Hell’s Kitchen are every bit Italian in concept; carefully considered materials crafted into quality products that make a stylish statement.
The difference with this brand lies in it’s eco-sensitive soul that has lead to environmentally-friendy bags made using recyclable materials like tyre inner tubes, seatbelts and fabrics from airplane seats all salvaged from rubbish dumps. These are then given new life with bursts of colour and transformed into casual, practical and hardwearing accessories which, strangely enough are named after types of pasta.
The sleek design together with the waterproof, lightweight and stain-resistant make-up of these bags seems to be what I imagine students and young people would latch onto and appreciate.
Take this Farfalle saddle bag for example… It has a velcro fastener and is made from recycled polypropylene fabric with recycled inner tube details. It has a removable shoulder strap with a metal buckle and handle made from a used car seatbelt.
The Lasagna vertical shopper bag has a zip closing and the same make-up but it’s fully lined with vintage shirts’ fabrics. It boasts two padded compartments: one internal to safely carry a laptop and another external, close to the body, that zips shuts to hold a tablet.
My personal favourite is this bright Arancino trolley bag which fits snugly inside an aircraft’s cabin. It has a zip fastening and telescopic handle made from recycled polypropylene fabric and recycled inner tube details as well as double handles also made from car seatbelts. Fully lined with vintage fabrics, it’s equipped with one extra big deck compartment on the flap, accessible through an internal zip. The shell can be entirely checked over and a soft spacious external pocket has four buckles with straps to regulate the volume of the luggage.