Contributing Monkie Sarah Backhouse
Published on March 22, 2008
Embracing the “G” lifestyle in most areas of my life is a no-brainer: plant-based food? Delish. Organic cotton tees? Stock me up. Non-toxic cleaning products? Nothing but.
But “eco-friendly” PVC bags? No, no and no.
While I admire the intention of this new breed of animal-free bag designers, the faux leather aesthetic is just not for me. On top of that, I don’t completely understand the logic: they say PVC is better than leather, but how much so? I think we can do better than that, and thankfully some of us are.
The key material in Heather Heron’s line is… luxury hemp. If you think that’s an oxymoron, just check out Heather with her Balsa Mini clutch in Organic European hemp. Naturally dyed and lined with hemp-silk charmeuse, the bag isn’t bad either. Canadian by birth, Heron, a self-taught designer began creating her antique hemp pieces “in her tiny one-bedroom apartment by the ocean”. Previous endeavors as a photographer for Alanis Morissette and assistant to director Brian de Palma, may have helped to cultivate her unique eye.
Her simple yet luxurious, elegant yet ecologically-sound clutches and totes have won her celebrity fans including Reese Witherspoon, Michelle Williams and Gwyneth Paltrow. Usually I’m all about the brunettes. But when it comes to Heron’s fashion-forward, ethical bags, clearly these legally blondes know best.