Islington Tan Backpack
This stylish tan leather backpack is made from offcuts and trimmings as well as recycled cotton clothing. Made in a social enterprise in the Netherlands this product is fully certified and there is zero waste. The bag is versatile, has space for a laptop and can be used for everyday use.
A refined union of form and function, this beautifully made unisex backpack will become your everyday bag. It's versatile enough to take you from meetings to the gym and from the park to a weekend away. Travel in style with the Islington Backpack. Handcrafted in London.
Size: H 40cm x W 31cm x D 12cm
Laptop compartment: H 39cm x W 30cm
For every bag purchased, we plant a tree. With your help, we've planted one acre of trees (so far) in the Peruvian Amazon.
Every material we have used to create this bag is certified, fully traceable and helps you contribute to a waste-free future.
Global Recycled Standard certified, luxury full-grain recycled leather. Beautifully crafted, our recycled leather is made from tannery offcuts and trimmings that would have otherwise been discarded by the fashion industry.
Our luxury recycled cotton is made from discarded clothes that can no longer be repaired. Working with our extended team in Italy, the garments are hand selected by skilled workers and after a series of recycling processes, a new fiber is obtained ready to be transformed again into our luxury recycled cotton.
Working with with a social enterprise in the Netherlands, the structure of our bags is made from a felt padding using discarded company textiles and corporate uniforms from the likes of IKEA and KLM.
Blue Sign certified, the tapes of our polyester zips are made from single-use plastic bottles which have a short lifespan but for hundreds of years harm our wildlife and oceans. The plastic waste is broken down and pulverised before being spun into yarn and made into zips.
Our recycled leather is waterproof. To clean, wipe surface gently with a damp cloth.
Free delivery on all UK orders over £200.
UK Standard Delivery (3-5 Days) - £4.95
All UK orders are delivered within 3-5 working days. London (zone 1-3) orders are delivered by bike or an electric car using HIVED, a zero emissions parcel service. All other UK orders are delivered by DHL.
Brand Partner Bio
Founder Genia started off as a political journalist, spending years working in the BBC newsroom.. But one story really got under her skin: coffee cup waste. How could these recyclable objects be wasted — simply because there was no market for the recycled material?
Determined to act, but unsure of how, Genia did what she does best — she talked to people. She talked to local and international recycling plants, she talked to innovative material manufacturers, she talked to lecturers and craftspeople and designers and sustainability experts. And each meeting led her to the same conclusion — there was so much potential in ‘waste’ that wasn’t being realised. Genia dug deeper, studying Sustainable Value Chains at Cambridge University and discovering the untapped potential of innovative recycled materials rescued from landfill.
Drawn to handcrafted, quality items made by real artists with generations of experience, her aim was to combine innovation with local skills and heritage. After studying Accessories Design at London College of Fashion, and finding one of the last bag-makers in East London, our first bag launched on Kickstarter.
A story of collaboration from start to finish, our brand is the result of so many peer conversations about design, development and hundreds of people’s financial pledges. From launching on Kickstarter and then SEEDRS in 2020, we’ve received a lot of customer feedback along the way and wouldn’t be where we are today without our incredible community. We are now an all-female team based a stone's throw away from Victoria Park in East London, and take enormous pride in naming every bag we make after our favourite places around the area. Everyone involved has the same intention: to help our brand have a real, measurable impact on the fashion industry by proving that waste can become beautiful, inside and out.