Where there is smoke...
In 1861 a fire started in Tooley Street which burned for two weeks and ultimately led to the creation of London's first fire brigade. This is our second Tooley, and it isn't an update, it is a complete and total Phoenix.
This is a large, roomy bag with a single shoulder strap that will allow you to wear it long and slouchy, tight and under the arm, or snug across the body. In order to deliver some crucial internal organisation there is a zip pocket on one side and a two slot poacher style pocket on the other. We also have a handy, quick grab zip pocket on the outside of the bag.
This is the first time we have been able to offer so many variations of a single bag. Every option includes handles and trim in Elvis & Kresse's signature decommissioned fire-hose, which was previously deployed in active duty for up to 25 years, fighting fires around the UK.
The Tooley Tote MK II is available in our Classic Red, our Rare Yellow, and the limited Print Room version - an elegant combination of our signature decommissioned fire-hose and reclaimed printing blankets, re-engineered to create a visually stunning matt black textile that is strong and beautiful to the touch.
The Fire-hose Collection
We fell in love with London's decommissioned fire-hose back in 2005 through a chance encounter with the London Fire Brigade. We took this lifesaving material home determined to breathe new life into it and save it from its otherwise inevitable end in landfill, and vowed to donate 50% of our profits to charity.
For over a decade we have been rescuing all of London's retired fire-hose by lovingly handcrafting them into sustainable luxury bags and accessories. Every year since, Elvis & Kresse have donated 50% of the profits from the Fire-hose Collection to The Fire Fighters Charity. This heroic material, once used to save lives, gets a second chance to keep giving back.
Our Fire-hose pieces are more than just a collection, they represents a whole new kind of luxury. One that is sustainable, ethical, transparent, generous and kind.