Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Ethical Fashion: Makki Eel Skin Accessories

I was first introduced to the British & Italian designed brand, Makki, a few years back at a Pure London trade show. I was instantly drawn to the unusual panelled design and on closer inspection, discovered how buttery soft their accessories were to the touch.

When the lovely PR explained more about the brand my interest suddenly increased - Makki's luxury handbags and accessories are made with using eel skin. I'd never heard of bags being created from eel skin and was very impressed to learn how passionate the team are about sourcing, manufacturing and selling products responsibly.

Eel skin is known for its durability and Makki's beautiful pieces, although designed in the UK, are produced in South Korea. Manipulating eel skin requires a high level of skill as it's very technical, so Makki's manufacturers train for years to be able to master this craft. According to ancient Mythology, carrying Eel Skin brings love, health and prosperity.

Brand Attic Anita and Green Dress

Makki Slim Purse Hot Pink
South West Fashion Blog
Makki Ethical Eel Skin Purse
Makki SS17 Bag
Bristol Harbour

Dress: Brand Attic - Slim Purse: Makki (c/o)

My aubergine Makki purse has lasted 3 years and rather surprisingly (to me), is still in incredible condition. The brand recently launched their SS17 collection featuring new styles and vibrant spring/summer shades. I love a good statement piece and while I was browsing the new range, this slim purse in hot pink caught my eye. It's such a vivid colour and I like that it's slimmer than my existing Makki purse. It also gets bonus points for being ultra lightweight, having a zip section and lots of room for cards. 

Eel skin is 2-3 times stronger than cow hide, doesn't hold water marks and is scratch proof. Although I'd class Makki's purses and bags as investment pieces, I genuinely believe they are worth the price tag... It's all about cost per wear! My water bottle has leaked several times over my large zip wallet (dripping wet) and it's never left a mark after drying.

Have you heard of eel skin accessories? What's your purse style? - T

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