Tree of Life and Style
Orla Kiely goods are nothing if not peppy. The U.K.-based designer is enamoured with bold patterns, bright colors and contrasting textures that have a sunny ’60s-inspired vibe about them. These elements are incorporated into her clothing, accessories, home, and paper products, bringing a spirited air to her extensive range of lifestyle products.
Kiely recently teamed with Fair Trade fashion purveyor People Tree to produce a limited-edition line of bags that marry her playful aesthetic with sustainable design. The results: a functional satchel and large tote, both fashioned from 100% organic jute cotton, a rapidly renewable plant fiber that requires no pesticides for harvesting and is completely biodegradable. Ecofabulous editors are particularly mad for the oversized Lattice Tote, a roomy bag that serves well as a travel carry-on or handy farmer’s market sack. Its earthy beige base is livened up with a feminine flower print that nicely contrasts against bright summer skirts and dresses. As this is a capsule collection, the bags are virtually guaranteed to sell out by season’s end, so grab yours while the getting’s still good.