By Diane Small
What do fly collared ‘pimp’ jackets from the 1970s and the interiors from crashed cars have in common? Rebecca Eaton can make amazing bags from them.
Rebecca-Jane is Eaton’s eco conscious design label that creates fashion-forward bags from reclaimed leather and other materials that have been carefully selected for each piece. Vintage and re-claimed materials have always inspired Rebecca not only for their eco principles, but also for their aesthetics–a bit of wear in leather makes it not only softer, but more beautiful, in her view.
Before creating her own vintage-inspired range, Eaton worked for many designers, including Givenchy, Stuart Vevers, Luella, Robert Cary Williams and Paul Seville. From these experiences, she learned not only how to design, but the business side of fashion, too, and in 2008, her business was born.
Based in England, Eaton sources all of her materials locally, in order to reduce her carbon footprint. Production is also done by hand in a studio in England. Although most of her distribution is also in the UK and Europe, Eaton has gained a large following in Japan, so also sells in stores throughout the Asian nation too.
Realising that women have a very emotional connection to their handbags–after all, they are often with us all day, every day, for years–Rebecca has recently begun a bespoke service, which allows for the replication of an old, destroyed or lost bag. But she also allows clients to design their own perfect bag from scratch.
It’s a great idea, but why stick with the old when Rebecca-Jane’s new designs are so innovative? The knotted leather tote is high on our list of ‘must haves’ for this season.
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