Young designer bags idea to use old truck tarpaulin for luggage
Young designer Mat Dusting’s innovative new luggage bags are the ultimate in retro-chic, even though they have literally come off the back of a lorry.
The Somerset farmer’s son is using truck tarpaulin salvaged from across the UK to make the tough yet stylish holdalls and rucksacks which he will launch under his M-24 label at the National Ski and Snowboard Show at Earls Court in London tomorrow.
The winter sports fanatic says they are purpose-made for carrying ski boots and skis, but tough and good-looking enough for many other uses. Even the straps make a statement, being made from recycled seat belts, adding to the bags’ eco-friendly qualities.
“Tarpaulin is the perfect material,” said Mr Dusting, “designed initially to be durable and weatherproof enough to withstand punishing long journeys on the side of a lorry, once cleaned and transformed into my M-24 products it not only looks stunning but is extremely functional.”
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Thousands of tonnes of lorry tarpaulin are thrown away every year. Mr Dusting’s clever creation has saved huge quantities of the robust material from going to landfill.
Every bag is hand cut and then stitched together by skilled, local leather workers operating around Somerset.
His business is based in the old dairy at Fennington Farm, Kingston St Mary, near Taunton. To see Mat’s innovative range online, visit http://www.m-24.co.uk.