Diana Eng’s Fortune Cookie coin purse combines several eco-fashion design practices into a small, well-crafted pouch. The Project Runway alum makes her purses from reclaimed leather that is marked and traceable through an online database. The laser-etched ID number might indicate, for instance, that the hide was destined for the dumpster because of stains or discoloration. Eng cuts her purse patterns from the unsullied areas, keeping as much of the highly processed material from going to waste.
By using leather scraps from the furniture, upholstery and garment industries, Eng taps into a resource that has very few uses in such small quantities. Although leather remnants are sometimes ground and repressed to make bonded leather (used mainly in book binding), most are sent to the landfill. Plus, leather hides are usually tanned with heavy metals and chemicals that can pollute our air and water supplies.
Leather hides are usually tanned with heavy metals and chemicals that can pollute our air and water supplies.
Each purse comes in a dust bag inspired by gourmet food wrappers and Chinese paper cuts. As a special touch, a fortune is included with every purchase.