2018 FINALIST

Thomas Casadei della Chiesa - PangaeA bag

Finalist of the The Basic Adhesives Best Green Handbag



Italy



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2018 Finalist Thomas Casadei della Chiesa PangaeA bag

Thomas Casadei della Chiesa FINALIST'S PROFILE

What is your bag made out of?
This bag is a 3 old soccer ball handmade assembly.The soccer balls are scratched in 47 esagon and 12 pentagon and they are cleaned, colored and handmade assembly with a foam rubber and leather layer in circa 10 hours for 2848 handmade point. The piece is uniqueThe original design is finished with a natural hand colored leather clousure and belt.Every cut and seams are handmade.The bag is packaged in a cotton bag with a net handmade design.

Where do you source your materials?
i find the old soccer ball in varius italian sport centers

What is your design inspiration & why is working with green/eco friendly products important to you?
We are surrounded by all possible forms, but we tend to consider them only for the meaning imposed, and we are struggling to reconsider them for another use. We constantly buy items and we trash when they do not cover the role we have been attributed to them. CdC's tackles this issue and propose a recycled one of the most popular and recognized objects in the world: the soccer ball. Inspired by a trip to Thailand, where has been perceived the energy contained in people and how they transmitting it to the objects that have been lived, an old leather soccer ball at the end of its life cycle has been trasformed in one new original design handbag. In fact, the worn and laundered balloon, though not used anymore, encloses immense energy caused by joy and sorrow, laughter and tears, goals and fouls, love and hate. To become a PangaeA product, each ball shell, recovered in the most varied Italian play fields, crosses 4 manual processes ("handrecycled" n.d.r.) which make it colorful, lightweight, durable and water-repellent. Cotton or nappa interior and leather trim enrich and enhance a unique and inimitable product. In fact, even if treated in the same way, each PangaeA assumes a color that does not depend only by the type of balloon used as a base, but also by the wear in its history. The manual handling of shells and the high quality of craftsmanship make this product a perfect mix for those who have sensitivity and respect for the sorrounding but do not want to be privy the pleasure of wearing a luxury product. Each bag is packed in a bag of colored Panama fabric. A cotton wire cross is applied to this by hand which recalls the soccer net. PangaeA, the name of the earth's embryonic state before it divides into present continents, recalls the concept of originality. Just like PangaeA, the original balloon is also divided into other handbags and accessories in line with an original and unique design.

Have you heard of Basic Adhesives?
No, it's the first time.

Would you be interested in learning more about eco-friendly glue and edge paint?
Yes, I'm interested!

Bag Description
PangaeA bag Africa model. Handbag, soccerball upcycle with leather nappa interior. $670

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