What could inspire a creative director to create an environmentally-friendly bamboo bags collection?
Which is the most important quality of bamboo as a raw material?
Sustainable Fashion and Fashion Style during London Fashion Week SS18
That feeling when you create your own style idea, your own brand and just let go. This moment of individuality is what inspired this fashion interview with Katerina Frosinioti, Owner and Creative Director of BmB bamboo bags. We talked about sustainable fashion and handmade design and quite naturally we discovered the innovative design source of bamboo as raw material for bags. The power of nature brings us together and made us create our fashion style during London Fashion Week SS18 last September. Create your own style, be free to be you and dare the unexpected in fashion.
Above all, I'll totally agree with Katerina Frosiniti, Owner and Creative Director of BmB bamboo bags: " The past is your lesson. The present is your gift. The future is your motivation." Be inspired!
♦Think-Feel-Discover: Can you tell us the story behind bmb bamboo bags brand? How did you get into bamboo working?
The idea of bmb bamboo bags brand was born on a trip to South-East Asia some years ago.In that trip, I was impressed by the bamboo forests and the potential of the bamboo plants.
Bamboo is a type of grass.It grows from it’ s roots and when it is cut it quickly grows back with most species maturing in 3-5 years. Moreover, I was impressed to discover that bamboo is a critical element in the balance of oxygen and carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. It’ s production into fiber has the lower environmental impact than other forms of fiber, especially synthetic ones.
♦Think-Feel-Discover:What inspired you to create an environmentally-friendly bamboo bags collection?
My studies in biology and my love for fashion. I am a biologist so I am very sensitive to environmental issues.
♦Think-Feel-Discover: How did you learn all the skills you need to build a handmade bamboo accessories brand?
I grew up in a family business. Having been doing the part of the imports and retail I acquired the basic skills to build bmb bags brand.
♦Think-Feel-Discover: Which is the most important quality of bamboo in your opinion as a raw material?
Bamboo is an excellent material.It is strong enough and is also very flexible.But there are lots of thoughts and processes in preparing bamboo for creating fine craft products. Specifically, selected bamboo segments must be mature and large. Then its skin is peeled out in preparation for weaving. Furthermore, bamboo must not be too old and too young and should have a smooth surface to ensure that the color will come out smoothly and evenly during the dyeing process. If it is too thick, it might be difficult to weave. Or if it is too thin, it may be too soft to use.
♦Think-Feel-Discover:What would you say are some characteristics of your personal bamboo bags collection?
Our bamboo bags are individually handcrafted by our skilled artisans creating high quality and one of the kind items.Every bag is unique because every bamboo plant is unique.
♦Think-Feel-Discover: What does it mean to you to be able to work on the eco-friendly material?
Reducing the environmental impact of your business will improve the sustainability of your business. I don’t want to protect the environment I want to create a world where the environment doesn’t need protecting.
♦Think-Feel-Discover: Which is your approach to handmade design? Why bags?
Women carry their lives with them in their bags. In a woman´s bag, you don´t find only her lipstick and perfume, her cell phone and notebook but also children toys even baby´s diapers. Women find a way to express their inner fashion through their bags. On the other hand, the handmade design is unique like every woman is.
♦Think-Feel-Discover: Favorite piece of your last bamboo bags collection?
Of course, the Bamboo Dream Bag which is the basis of the bmb bags. It comes in 10 different colors and 3 different sizes to choose from. Although last year I was in love with the Bamboo Lady Bag which is a convertible bag.You can easily convert it from a shoulder bag to a backpack or a tote bag.
♦Think-Feel-Discover: What’s so special about participating in Fashion Style project in London during London Fashion Week SS18?
I am so excited because I am presenting something new.The pearl line collection which includes handmade bags made of mother of pearl.
♦Think-Feel-Discover: Can you share with us some key color and style trends into your new styles for London Fashion Week?
The mermaid look. Every woman is a little mermaid. And what is the best accessory for a mermaid? A bag made of mother of pearl of course! In addition, as Coco Chanel said "pearls are always appropriate"The Bohemian Dream. A dreamy free spirit which plays with plums, rich browns, unconventional orange and wondrous yellow.
♦Think-Feel-Discover: Who or what inspires you most?
The green movement. We should take measures in every field to contribute towards pushing this movement ahead for a bright green future.
♦Think-Feel-Discover: What is your favorite part of your job?
Creativity .Looking for new designs and for eco-friendly materials.
♦Think-Feel-Discover:Do you have a favorite ever designer?
Gucci.In 1947, wartime rations were making it increasingly difficult for various industries to survive, fashion included. Though materials were limited, one thing that was still possible to attain was bamboo imported from Japan. At the time, bamboo was certainly an unusual material to be used in crafting a handbag, but it worked. The handle was made by heating the bamboo, then curving it the shape of a semi-circle. Once cooled, it was then attached as top-handle to the body of the bag, which had been crafted using pigskin. The famous Gucci´s bamboo bag was born.
♦Think-Feel-Discover: What are your dreams, what type of projects/collaborations are you hoping to do, in the future?
I would like bmb bags to be loved by women around the world not only for their unique designs and excellent quality but also for their contribution to the growing of the green fashion industry.
♦Think-Feel-Discover: Can you tell us about any future project you are working on?
I am working on a cork line bag collection. Cork is one more incredible sustainable and eco-friendly material. The Cork Oak tree is very unique, not only does it live up to a staggering 300 years of age, it also only starts producing cork 25 years after being planted. The bark of the tree regenerates itself after each harvesting period which is typically around every 9 years. Cork is lighter, softer and just as durable as premium leather. Cork is waterproof, stain-resistant and easy to clean. Cork is antibacterial, hypo-allergenic and even fire-retardant.
♦Think-Feel-Discover: What is WOMAN, what is STYLE, What is elegance for bmb bamboo bags brand?
For bmb bags brand WOMAN is like a tea bag - You can´t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water. STYLE is a way to say who you are without having to speak. ELEGANCE is when the inside is as beautiful as the outside.
♦Think-Feel-Discover: When you’re not working, what are some of your hobbies?
I love the sea. I like to swim and collect seashells and driftwood in order to create jewelry and small arts and crafts.
♦Think-Feel-Discover: What do you expect the most for your life?
First of all good health and happiness for me and my family.I would also like to continue my work in a creative and innovating environment combining ecology and fashion.
♦Think-Feel-Discover: Have you got a certain life motto that you start your day with?
The past is your lesson. The present is your gift. The future is your motivation.
By Chrysanthi Kosmatou, December 7/2017