VentriVentri, handbags made from leather made out of cow stomachs
In the meat industry, animal stomachs are a waste product. There is a challenge in providing higher value through design to something that is considered waste in many countries. Beauty is hidden in unexpected places. There is a huge demand for sustainable alternatives to luxury leather goods, which do not compromise on aesthetics and quality.
A cow has four different stomachs, each with a different function and therefore different shapes and textures. Three of the four stomachs are highly suitable for tanning. The project will produce scalable prototypes of three different handbags, each made of leather from a different stomach. Through the partnership, the craftsmanship of the Spanish leather artisans is applied to Billies unique textured material to create a line of handbags.
BILLIE VAN KATWIJK (The Netherlands)
Designer Billie van Katwijk is inspired by cycles in nature. In these cycles, waste does not exist: a principle underlying her work. Undervalued materials are transformed into high-quality products.
AFER LEATHER (Spain)
Afer Leather is based in the village of Ubrique (Spain), well known for its leather partisanship. Ana Holquin founded the company to create a link between designers from all over Europe and several small local handcraft workshops in Ubrique.