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Ethical fashion brand that brings you the best upcycled handbags while empowering women by donating bags and providing work to them.
Ethical fashion brand that brings you the best upcycled handbags while empowering women by donating bags and providing work to them.
Ethical fashion brand that brings you the best upcycled handbags while empowering women by donating bags and providing work to them.
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The Berry Berry: Ecofriendly Handbags that Empower Women

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The Berry Berry is an ethical fashion brand based in Nottingham, UK. We are handcrafting the coolest stylish upcycled handbags, clutch bags and purses, whilst supporting fair fashion practices and honouring the handmade craftsmanship of our artisans.

Dominika Handbag made out of offcuts from a sofa factory.
Dominika Handbag made out of offcuts from a sofa factory.

We have been pushing the boundaries of eco fashion design for the last four years by handcrafting recycled materials into a range of unique and wonderful handbags. 

Greta Bag made out of uphostery fabric off-cuts.
Greta Bag made out of uphostery fabric off-cuts.

Everyday tonnes of clothes and fabrics are thrown into landfills, which is polluting the environment. We know we can do better! Because of this, we decided to upcycle these materials into beautiful bags and purses. We use cut offs from upholstery fabrics, reclaimed clothes, magazines and wrapping papers.

Upholstery Fabric cut offs from sofa factory.
Upholstery Fabric cut offs from sofa factory.

We start by collecting these materials, which would normally end up in the landfills. We get our fabric cut offs from sofa factory and magazines and wrapping papers we collect from friends, family and our supporters. They are then washed using natural cleaners, straightened, cut, folded and sewn by our designers, where every handbag is a matter of personal pride. The impact is immediate. With every 2 handbags made, we save 1kg of textile waste from going to landfill.

Mini Clutch Bags are super stylish and are great for storing your phone, makeup, keys and cash or cards.
Mini Clutch Bags are super stylish and are great for storing your phone, makeup, keys and cash or cards.

Because we use recycled materials, each handbag is unique. We treat each piece we create as it's own piece of art and hand make them with love, effort and hard work, knowing that making these products makes a better world for our children. We use all the materials to their maximum potential and try to leave as little waste as possible. It is our ambition to become a zero waste label by 2020. 

Tomas Small Messenger Handbag where you can fit A4 size notebook or tablet.
Tomas Small Messenger Handbag where you can fit A4 size notebook or tablet.

Our handbags are for people, like us, who want to fight the fast fashion trend. We made our handbags to show that fashion can follow the latest trends whilst following a sustainable and ethical approach. The aim of our products is to make you feel adored and confident about yourself and your choices and to enjoy the time with our bags when out and about.

Tomas Small Messenger Bag and Julia Upcycled Magazines handbag.
Tomas Small Messenger Bag and Julia Upcycled Magazines handbag.

The Berry Berry is not just about using upcycled materials. Our focus is on using exceptional design to meet a deeper purpose. We believe that you deserve handbags that are designed especially for you, which outline your unique style, values and personality. We are also passionate about our mission to help our planet while improving fashion practices and helping those in need. Our handbags are as special as the people who wear them and the people who make them.

Justina Bow Evening Bag is made out of upcycled magazines and wrapping papers.
Justina Bow Evening Bag is made out of upcycled magazines and wrapping papers.

With your support we will be able to make and ship to you the best handbag you have ever had, plus we will be able to help our environment and women in need. By supporting us you will be a part of our eco fashion tribe of action takers, who know their choices can contribute towards a better world. 

Together we can change the world of fashion into a better inspiring and industry! Please help us to share our story on social media and buy the Berry Berry handbag or clutch today.

Justina Evening Bow Bags are made of upcycled magazines.
Justina Evening Bow Bags are made of upcycled magazines.

Our journey started with an environmental organization Love Your Planet, which we founded in 2012. We have organized numerous workshops, events, exhibitions and we inspire and encourage others to reduce, reuse, recycle and upcycle in a creative way and teach them how to live a healthy and eco friendly lifestyle. 

The Berry Berry Bags are:

  • 100% Recycled and 100% Vegan
  • Environmentally Friendly
  • Unique with a High End Design
  • Functional and Practical 
  • Ideal for any occasion
  • Ensuring a Fair Wage to our producers in Slovakia and Romania
  • Made with extra features 
  • Ethically Made 
  • Supporting 'Project Purse' Organisation: With every 5 bags sold we donate 1 bag with food, sanitary products and cosmetics to homeless women, Refugee women or women in need 
Julia Handbag made out of upcycled magazines.
Julia Handbag made out of upcycled magazines.

Each handbag, cosmetic bag, and mini clutch is a unique piece. We use recycled materials, thus we are subject to fabrics and materials available at the time of production. Therefore, colours and sizes may vary slightly from the products pictured in photos. We will do our best to ensure they are as close to the images in the photos as possible.

You can choose between two strap-shoulder handles or a longer one strap crossbody handle option. We will be sending surveys with the design types you can choose from and those ones we will be producing at the end of the campaign.

You can choose between long crossbody strap or 2 shoulder straps.
You can choose between long crossbody strap or 2 shoulder straps.

Guaranteed Christmas Delivery:

Our goal is to ship all rewards by early December so you have them in time for Christmas so you can gift them to yourself or your loved ones. In order for you to receive your bag in time for Christmas, you must fill out the specific order questionnaire we send to you at the end of the campaign within two weeks.

Serena from Italy: "Really really cute! Incredible light pink version, ideal for spring and summer, suitable with every dress style and color. Love it!" 

Ewa from UK: Nice quality with attention to detail. I was looking for a light practical bag to pack in my suitcase and use when arrive to places. It is perfect. Thank you.

Ella from UK: Absolutely love my bag, beautifully made and arrived very quickly. I love all the pockets inside to keep my lip balm and phone from sinking to the bottom too!

Sarah from UK: What a beautifully-made bag! I was very excited to find a bag that was pretty and cruelty-free, and it's even better in person. I love the inner pocket and the sturdy handles. Oh and I love the smaller matching pouch too, a great idea. Thank you!

Maria: I love this bag!!! It is very well made,very stylish and so unusual which is exactly what I wanted. And it came with a small gift which is such a nice gesture!!!

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My name is Lucia, and I am a Slovakian born Fashion designer based in Nottingham, UK. I founded The Berry Berry: an ethical fair fashion brand in 2014. Since then my team and I have upcycled hundreds of kg of off-cut fabrics, clothes, magazines and candy wrappers and we have handcrafted unique eco-friendly handbags and jewellery from them. For the past 4 years my team and I have been pushing the boundaries of eco design and creating some great products on the way.   

On top of this, I founded Love Your Planet back in 2012 which encourages people to recycle, reduce, reuse & upcycle. I am also a mother to a lively toddler and I have another baby on the way.

Alongside me, I am helped by a wonderful team of mums and one father who are skilled fashion designers, seamstresses and makers: Zdena, Iveta and Monika from Slovakia and Mihaela and Edy from Romania, who all work handcrafting these unique handbags.  

Special Thanks To:

Video: Justina Rude Video Production, Raw Footage Media - Rob White  Music: The Coconut Monkeyrocket - Bloops Bleeps Bongos Brass Models: Alena Kypet, Greta Zabulyte, Dominika Jombikova, Viktoria Jombikova, Tomas Jombik VA Assistants: Gina Caro, Aleena Brown, Jes Bailey Photos: Daniel KG Photographer 

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Who else do we support?

In addition to the handbags we create, we are excited to support the Project Purse initiative. Together we work with them to help homeless and refugee women in the UK, by donating handbags with everyday essentials, such as sanitary products, cosmetics and food. We are proud to partner with a non-profit that helps women in need in UK to integrate back into the society and empowers them to gain to confidence to improve their life.

Thank you very much for your support. We couldn't do it without you.  Together we can make the world of fashion a better place by all working together and supporting one another.  

Connect With Us On Social Media: Click below to follow our journey and to get all the latest updates on our work: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest.

If you have any questions, concerns, ideas, or just want to say hi or would like to buy different combination of bags, please don't hesitate to reach out to us at support@theberryberry.co.uk

For press related inquires and other questions, please contact us on: lucia@theberryberry.co.uk

Risks and challenges

We have worked hard over the past 4 year to design this perfect collection of the high quality eco-friendly handbags and accessories, which we are now bringing to you. We have fully trained and highly skilled team members, who share the fair fashion values and love upcycling and are eager to start work straight the way. We as well have put in place all necessary precautions to ensure a smooth transition after our campaign ends.

There are usually challenges with growing a business and scaling up the production and delays are always possible, however our community of supporters will be the first to know if any of these happen. Moreover we will be bringing you regular updates on the production of the handbags, so you will know when to expect your order.

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