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The Bag Making Workshop Combining Aesthetics With Ethics

23rd January, 2019

Level up and learn how to craft your own leather pouch!

Melbourne-based designer Simone Agius wants to teach you how to make a bag. Not only for participants to develop their own skill set, but to help educate people to value the amount of time that goes into making the high-quality, ethically produced leather bags for her brand, Simétrie.

With an aim to balance the inevitable demands of the fashion industry with their ‘impact on the earth’, Simétrie prioritises ethical, sustainable construction and consumption of their high-quality leather goods. Each bag is handcrafted in Melbourne from Kangaroo leather,  with linings and fixtures made from the most sustainable materials available.

Simétrie founder Simone Agius is committed to providing transparency about the process and is now holding bag-making workshops out of the Simetrie studio in Brunswick. ‘After working in the industry as a bag designer, I quickly realised that there’s not enough value placed on the skills of the people who are manufacturing in the supply chain,’ she explains.

Held in four-hour sessions over three days (the amount of time it takes Simone and her team to make each piece), the workshops are designed to educate participants about the amount of labour required to produce these ethical wares, as well as imparting creative skills to build upon in the future.

The next round of classes start on February 2nd and will run for three consecutive Saturdays. For booking and further information click here!

23rd January, 2019

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