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Amber Valletta Teams Up with Karl Lagerfeld to Create an Eco-Friendly Accessories Collection

Amber Valletta with the Karl Lagerfeld x Amber Valletta K/Kushion bag. Photo: Courtesy

Karl Lagerfeld muse Amber Valletta is honoring her enduring relationship with the late designer and her commitment to sustainability with an eco-friendly collection. Valletta first met Lagerfeld in the early 90s during a Chanel fitting and has since been a friend of his eponymous brand. Now, the British model, activist, and longtime sustainability campaigner has joined forces with the house to create accessories for the Spring 2021 season that are made with socially sustainable materials sourced with minimal ecological impact.

Photo: Courtesy of Karl Lagerfeld

Speaking of the collaboration and her connection with the designer, Valletta says, “Karl and I had so much history together, and I’m excited to be partnering with his namesake brand for a project that’s so meaningful to us both.” She adds, “When I received the first proposals for the co-branding and saw our names together, I was very touched and even emotional.”

While the collection comprises a range of small accessories including a reusable water bottle, zip wallet, cardholder, face mask, and washbag, its highlight is the reimagined house classic, the K/Kushion bag. “The K/Kushion bag is such a versatile style, and I love how ours will be made with innovative materials and respect for the environment,” says the model.

Photo: Courtesy of Karl Lagerfeld

The mindset behind creating the bag is conscious of the environment starting from the materials it is created with, to the way the profits generated from its sale will be used. Profits generated from the sale of the K/ Kushion bag will be used to make an independent donation to The Ocean Cleanup, a charity that aims to rid the world’s oceans of plastic.

The vegan cactus leather K/Kushion bag. Photo: Courtesy of Karl Lagerfeld

Available in two eco-friendly material options, the first version is made using vegan cactus leather that is environmentally sustainable and recyclable. Engineered by Desserto in Mexico, the plant-based material does not need any irrigation and is cultivated without herbicides or pesticides. The second is crafted with 90% recycled cotton that has been certified by the Global Recycle Standard (GRS), an organization that sets requirements for third-party accreditation of recycled content. The decorative cord detail it features is also made using the same cotton.

The 90% recycled cotton K/Kushin bag. Photo: Courtesy of Karl Lagerfeld

The silhouette of the bag itself is inspired by an accessory that is known to be very personal to Lagerfeld. The K/Kushion bag’s voluminous shape and pillowy soft texture take on that of the tailor-made cushion that Karl Lagerfeld had kept with him since his childhood and took with him to his trips around the world.

The Karl Lagerfeld x Amber Valletta collaboration will launch on April 8, 2021, and will be available exclusively at The Dubai Mall.

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