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In addition to recycling old t-shirts into their collections, they’ve also been known to use old leather belts and climbing ropes. Daphne in particular — she spent most of last summer back in Berlin, where the sisters are originally from, working on a series of bags for F/W 2011. “The first bags I did used a lot of mesh and ropes, materials I was fascinated by,” she says, pointing to the example pictured here. “I love leather, but I don’t want to make leather bags for environmental reasons. So this is about using recycled materials, and I was inspired by these heavy mesh shopping bags my parents bought when they traveled to South America and Bolivia in the 1970s. They bought two and kept them; they’re so beautiful.”