Red folded eel skin clutch bag by Heidi Mottram

A graduate from London College of Fashion and Central St Martin’s, Heidi earned her spurs with some of fashion’s most illustrious names including Vivienne Westwood and Matthew Williamson before establishing her own line in 2007; since which time her reputation has soared – most particularly as the acknowledged guru of design with eel skin. Eel skin is increasingly prized as a material for its unique texture and definition (variations in colour and markings capture the natural beauty of the eel - making each eel skin accessory unique), especially when compared to ordinary, everyday cow hide. It is also amazingly durable - being 150% stronger than cow hide of the same thickness. Feather light and becoming softer and suppler with use, it has one particularly useful inherent advantage: unlike traditional leather, should it get wet, eel skin does not change texture or watermark - making it the ideal material for the British weather. Eel skin is also a by-product meaning that the eels are not killed for their skin. Using this remarkable piscatorial skin and employing innovative manipulative techniques - including pleating, ruching and pin tucking - Heidi has created some of the industry’s most unique works of art. This red folded oversize A grade eel skin clutch bag is a particularly special example. Fashioned with ruched panel detailing, the bag has a hidden magnet closure, sumptuous dark grey lining and a zipped compartment inside with her trademark fuchsia wave eel skin zip pull. Wonderfully tactile, this unique clutch is available only through 20ltd.com and is created in just 30 editions.

  • No. of editions: 30
  • Delivery time: Immediate
  • Price: £324.00
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