Elvis & Kresse is one of the brands that made me very enthusiastic about promoting sustainable brands. Since 2005 Elvis & Kresse have been rescuing raw materials, transforming them into luxury lifestyle accessories and donating 50% of profits back to charities.
In 2005 the founders had a chance encounter with the London Fire Brigade. When they learned that London’s damaged decommissioned hoses were headed to landfill they mounted a rescue and set up Elvis & Kresse to save it.
For over a decade none of London’s fire-hose has gone to landfill and over 200 tons of material has been reclaimed.
In 2017 the Burberry Foundation partnered with Elvis & Kresse to tackle the even greater global problem of leather waste. This Five-year partnership will see at least 120 tonnes of leather off-cuts from Burberry recrafted into new luxury items, designed and sold by Elvis & Kresse.
Design traditionally begins with an idea, for Elvis & Kresse, design begins with a problem. It is the material and the scale of the problem which dictate what they will make and how they make it. In the case of the hose, after scrubbing away the soot and grease that builds up after 25 years of active duty and discovered a truly remarkable, truly green textile. E&K wanted to honour this tough, life saving material, hence the focus on quality craftsmanship and classic, timeless design. They build as much value as possible into each piece and style them for use beyond single seasons. All Elvis & Kresse products are hand-made and unique.
Our process emulates kintsugi, the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with gold.The refurbished pieces are worth significantly more than their new, undamaged counterparts. Our materials are shown this same level of care, they are cherished.
Elvis & Kresse make honest, genuine, practical pieces; from the belt you leave on your favourite jeans to the bag you couldn’t leave home without. Elvis & Kresse is tradition re-engineered.