When Ruth from Fique Arte contacted me several weeks ago to feature one of their handmade mochila bag, I could not be more excited. One of the main reasons why I started Currently Wearing was to feature up-and-coming designers. Fique Arte is based in Colombia, their mochila bags are hand woven and take up to three days to create. Artisans use natural fiber called “Sisal” which is eco-friendly and completely biodegradable. The fiber is a bit rough at touch at the beginning and the longer you wear it, the softer it gets. Colombia is also leading producer of Sisal fiber in the World. Most of their mochilas are colorful but I wanted to go for a classic bag that I could use often.
You have probably noticed that I like to wear fur in winter. Winters are cold in Czech Republic and you need to keep warm. As much as I love fur, I don’t buy new fur. I know that fur is a very sensitive topic and you are either pro or against wearing fur. I wear fur that is food industry by-product such as sheepskin or rabbit fur.
The first time I heard about ethical fur, I thought someone was pulling my leg. Fur and ethical? How is that possible? Well, ask Tallis! Their fur accessories are made by using by-product, reclaimed, surplus or vintage fur. Their furs are SAGA certified, which means that they come from higher welfare certified fur farms.
This fur collar is a very versatile accessory. You can wear it either as a collar or as a headpiece. I like both versions and depending on my mood I wear it one or the other way. Which style do you like more?
Photo by Alexander Ramp.