With its recently-launched 2011 line of handbags and accessories, Escama Studio takes recycled pop-tops to a new level of sophistication with updated shapes such as the oversized Luci tote shown here and details that include chrome hardware and detachable wrist straps.
Founded in 2004 by Andy Krumholz and now based in San Francisco and Brazil with the help of Krumholz’s friend and business partner Socorro Leal, the company has grown from a small operation employing 12 artisans to one that works with over 100 women in two cooperatives that provide fair wages and a fair trade work environment. Each bag is hand-stitched using crochet techniques and recycled tabs by an artisan who signs her name to the piece when finished.
Moving beyond the simple, sustainable bags the company is best known for, the latest offerings range from the classically-shaped handheld Leda clutch to the slightly slouchy Masha messenger bag. Also new to the line are accessories, including a belt, necklace and brooch.
Want to learn more about the curious path of a pop top from Brazil to the arms of fashionable women around the world? Here’s a short video that traces pop tops from Brazil to their arrival at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.